Continuous professional development

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Continuous professional development

Professional development seminars, workshops and sharing sessions are normally organized during the term break or study breaks. Both FT and PT academic staff are welcome to take part.

 Date/ Time/ VenueTopic/Speaker(s)Synopsis
13 Jan (Mon)
9:30-11:30am
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Use Miro effectively in collaborative learning

Francis Tsoi
Instructional Designer, ALTO

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

Fostering interaction and collaboration can be challenging. Miro, a widely-used online collaborative whiteboard in higher education will be introduced in this session. The workshop will first introduce the basic functions and affordances of Miro with authentic examples. The second part will be hands-on experience with a case study to demonstrate how to use Miro to foster collaboration and interaction. In the third part, participants will brainstorm, share their ideas and suggestions on potential usage of Miro in their own teaching.

Participants are required to bring their laptops.

23 Jan (Mon)
2:30-4:30pm
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Collaborative learning with Perusall for readings and assignments

Ronald Chow
Assistant Instructional Designer, ALTO

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

Perusall is a collaborative reading platform. This workshop aims to introduce how teaching staff can utilize the features of Perusall to make readings and assignments engaging. In the workshop, participants will have hands-on experience in setting up assignments, annotating readings, commenting, upvoting and downvoting comments on Perusall. Finally, we will provide scenarios where they can integrate Perusall in their teaching approaches.

Participants are required to bring their iPads. Also, there will be some iPads available for borrowing.

34 Jan (Tue)
9:30-11:30am
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Using Turnitin for online marking on the OLE

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

This three-part workshop will first introduce new features of the OLE including Dashboard, Word Cloud, use of Turnitin and Grade Mark features. In the second part, participants will have hands-on experience in marking assignments online and get familiarized with the whole marking process. In the final part, we will have a short discussion on the issues related to the features and work flow to solicit ideas for improvement.

Participants are required to bring their laptops.

44 Jan (Tue)
2:30-4:30pm
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Workshop aimed at new teaching staff only (for B&A), and new & existing teaching staff (for all other schools)

Question craft: Designing multiple-choice questions and more

Emilie Pavey
Instructional Designer, ALTO

Assessment is only effective if we create the right questions, and some questions are easier to craft than others. This workshop will begin by examining the judicious use of different question types, before focusing in on multiple-choice questions: how MCQs can be used to assess a range of learning outcomes at different levels. We will then take a detailed look at the practicalities of building effective MCQs, with opportunities for hands-on practice in writing and improving questions.

 

55 Jan (Wed)
9:30-11:30am
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Enhancing lectures with learning activities and polling questions

Ross Vermeer
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

We know that it’s hard to capture and hold the attention of 21st-century students. But we also don’t want to waste valuable class time on diversions that don’t promote learning. This workshop will introduce effective ways to structure and conduct lectures using a variety of learning activities, with an emphasis on using polling effectively.

Participants will practice setting and posting polling questions on the OLE, so they are required to bring their laptops.

 

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10 Jan (Mon)
9:30-11:30am 
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Unravelling the course development process

Caroline Leung
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

If you’ve just been assigned a new course development project, you might have some of the following questions:

  • What project types are there and how do I select the best approach for my course?
  • What is a Blueprint and how do I prepare one?
  • How can I prepare my course for HKMU’s academic reform to a 3-credit system?

This workshop will provide you with the information you need to navigate the course development process as well as hands-on practice in course development tasks.

Participants are required to bring their laptops.

710 Jan (Mon)
2:30-4:30pm
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Providing effective feedback on students’ assignments (business and humanities disciplines)

Dr Henry Choi
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

Effective feedback on students’ assignments is an important component of teaching, and it is found to be beneficial to students’ learning and performance. But what are the features of effective feedback that really help? The first part of the workshop provides a framework of effective feedback, including its functions, components and writing guidelines. In the second part, participants will prepare feedback on selected student assignments in groups, and discuss how improvements could be made.

 

818 Jan (Tue)
9:30-11:30am
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Use Kahoot! and Mentimeter  effectively in active learning

 

Francis Tsoi
Instructional Designer, ALTO

Student Response Systems (SRS), allowing instructors to pose questions and gather students’ responses in real-time, are widely used in higher education to increase student learning motivation and student-teacher interactions. This workshop will demonstrate how to use two award-winning SRS tools, Kahoot! and Mentimeter, to motivate students to get involved, stay motivated. The first part of the workshop will give participants a taster of gamification and real-time interactions from the student perspective. In the second part, they will gain hands-on experience in developing their own Kahoot! games and Mentimeter presentations. Pedagogical advice and pro tips will be provided. In the third part, participants will brainstorm and share their ideas and potential usages in their own teaching.

Participants are required to bring their laptops.

 

918 Jan (Tue)
2:30-4:30pm
IOH 12/F Conference Hall (F1202)

Providing effective feedback to students (science and technology disciplines)

 

Prof. Ricky Kwok
VP (S&S)

For students to internalize the newly learned materials, feedback on their work is arguably the most important step in the learning process.  In a broad sense, feedback comes in many forms.  Quite obviously, feedback can manifest as a simple grade or a mark.  Indeed, unfortunately, often times such a simple feedback is the only feedback our students receive for their work.  To really help students’ learning, more sophisticated feedback is needed. In this workshop, the speaker will first share his ideas of characterizing effective feedback – useful feedback is usually a “triple-A” one, i.e., Actionable, Accountable, and Advancing. The speaker will then work with participants on samples from the Science and Technology disciplines to methodically construct “triple-A” feedback.

 

 Date/ Time/ VenueTopic/Speaker(s)Synopsis
123 Aug (Mon) 2:30-5:00pmMC, 12/F, Tai Ning HallDeveloping a Rubric for Your Course Dr Henry Choi Caroline Leung Senior Instructional Designers, ALTORubrics are a useful tool for clarifying assessment expectations and standardizing marking. Used well, they can save significant amounts of marking time. This session is aimed particularly at new teaching staff and those unfamiliar with creating rubrics. We will first introduce you to the steps for producing a tailor-made rubric for any assignment. In the second half of the session, you will be given source materials and will work in a small group to produce a rubric for a given assignment. Time will be allotted for discussing the issues arising from the exercise.
224 Aug (Tue) 2:30-5:00pm MC, 12/F, Tai Ning Hall For B&A onlyNew Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning Dr Eva Tsang Director, ALTOThis workshop consists of two parts – in the first part, we will introduce some new features of OLE and iBookcase app, including Dashboard, polling, Word Cloud, use of Turnitin, Grade Mark features, Rubrics features, and self-study materials on iBookcase app, as well as guiding principles on the use of technology in teaching and learning. We will also recommend some useful tools for learning engagement that teachers can effectively use to complement their teaching strategies. In the second part, participants will get into groups to try out the new features. Laptop computers, iPads and TVs will be provided.
325 Aug (Wed) 2:30-5:00pm MC, 12/F, Tai Ning Hall For B&A onlyDesigning Multiple Choice Polling Questions: from Outcome to Implementation Ross Vermeer Senior Instructional Designer Emilie Pavey Instructional Designer, ALTOThis two-part workshop explores the use of multiple-choice polling questions in depth. We will begin by addressing some basic concerns: How do we – and why should we – create and maintain a ‘questioning environment’ in our classes? And how does polling fit in? We will then overview a practical framework for designing and implementing polling questions. In the second half, we will investigate what makes a ‘higher level’ multiple-choice question, and how it can address learning outcomes. We will then take a detailed look at the practical aspects of constructing effective multiple-choice questions, with opportunities for hands-on practice.
426 Aug (Thu) 2:30-5:00pm MC, 12/F, Tai Ning HallEffective Teaching Prof. Ricky Kwok VP (S&S)The speaker conceives an effective teaching session as a successful “job interview presentation.” In this workshop, he will share his ideas and practices that he has been using (while on the way still keeps trying to improve) with such a mindset. Specifically, he will work with you about things like: lecture slides, materials for students to study, classroom management, assessment strategies, etc.
527 Aug (Fri) 9:30am-12:00nn MC, 12/F, Tai Ning HallNew Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning Dr Eva Tsang Director, ALTOThis workshop consists of two parts – in the first part, we will introduce some new features of OLE and iBookcase app, including Dashboard, polling, Word Cloud, use of Turnitin, Grade Mark features, Rubrics features, and self-study materials on iBookcase app, as well as guiding principles on the use of technology in teaching and learning. We will also recommend some useful tools for learning engagement that teachers can effectively use to complement their teaching strategies. In the second part, participants will get into groups to try out the new features. Laptop computers, iPads and TVs will be provided.