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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/ VenueTheme/Topic/Speaker(s)SynopsisRegistration
118 Jul (Mon)
3:00pm–4:00pm

Seminar
(F0401, IOH)

[Learning Technologies]

How to integrate appropriate educational technology tools in your course

Francis Tsoi
Instructional Designer, ALTO

There are various educational technology tools available, but how to choose the appropriate one that fits your teaching? The first part of this seminar will introduce various types of eLearning tools, and showcase examples of their usages in different universities. In the second part, we will introduce some tips for you to select, evaluate and integrate the appropriate tools in your course. Link
219 Jul (Tue)
2:30pm–4:00pm

Workshop
(12/F Tai Ning Hall, Main Campus)

[Pedagogical Principles and Practices]

Practical Tips for Lesson Planning

Dr Henry Choi
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

Some teachers believe that lesson planning is simply preparing a PPT for a lesson. Well, there could be much more than that, especially when you’re expecting a more efficient lesson. The first part of this workshop will introduce the essential components of a good lesson plan and practical steps for lesson planning. In the second part, we will examine a couple of monotonous lesson plans and discuss ways of enhancement. Link
320 Jul (Wed)
3:00pm–4:00pm

Seminar
(F0401, IOH)

[Student Engagement]

Increasing student engagement using storytelling

Ross Vermeer
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

Storytelling is a powerful but often-overlooked method of enlivening lectures and capturing and retaining student attention. But devoting valuable lecture time to just ‘telling stories’ may seem like a waste. In this seminar, we’ll look at ways to choose, structure, and deliver stories in ways that engage students’ attention, and enhance their ability to learn. Link
421 Jul (Thu)
2:30pm–4:00pm

Workshop
(12/F Conference Hall, IOH)

[Learning Technologies]

Workshop for Building your Teaching ePortfolio

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

(Note: Rerun of June session)

This workshop aims to introduce the CELTICS ePortfolio Platform, with demonstration on how to build an ePortfolio on this platform. We will begin with an introduction about the Teaching ePortfolio, followed by some hands-on practice on the platform; such as setting up your profile information, creating an ePortfolio page with digital artifacts, linking multi-media to ePortfolios, building an attractive ePortfolio by using special features, and what makes a good reflection. Please bring your laptop computer. Link
522 Jul (Fri)
2:30pm–4:00pm

Workshop
(12/F Tai Ning Hall, Main Campus)

[Pedagogical Principles and Practices]

Becoming a critically reflective teacher

Emilie Pavey
Instructional Designer, ALTO

The reflective approach to teaching is a continual practice that supports effective, student-centred teaching, as well as being a core element of a teacher’s ePortfolio. But with a hectic class schedule, it may feel as if there is little time to truly pause and think.

This workshop will therefore give participants a chance to stop and reflect on their teaching in a guided way using selected reflection frameworks. It will also provide opportunities to exchange with peers and critically evaluate teaching practices and assumptions in the ultimate aim of strengthening student success.

 Link
 Date/ Time/ VenueTheme/Topic/Speaker(s)SynopsisRegistration
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20 Jun (Mon)
2:30pm–4:00pm

Workshop
(12/F Conference Hall, IOH)

[Learning Technologies]

Workshop for Building your Teaching ePortfolio

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

This workshop aims to introduce the CELTICS ePortfolio Platform, with demonstration on how to build an ePortfolio on this platform. We will begin with an introduction about the Teaching ePortfolio, followed by some hands-on practice on the platform; such as setting up your profile information, creating an ePortfolio page with digital artifacts, linking multi-media to ePortfolios, building an attractive ePortfolio by using special features, and what makes a good reflection. Please bring your laptop computer. Link
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21 Jun (Tue)
2:15pm–3:45pm

Workshop
(12/F Tai Ning Hall, Main Campus)

[Student Engagement]

Handling Students with SEN
(Depression, Anxiety Disorders & Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Dr Kitty Yeung
Registered Educational Psychologist, Easy Care Mind Wellness

Ivy CHUNG
Service Supervisor, Hong Kong Christian Service

Through case discussion, this workshop aims at facilitating university staff to 1) understand and empathize the needs of such students; 2) provide differentiated teaching accommodation and 3) refer them to appropriate university resources for assistance.

If you would like to have experts’ advice on how to support SEN students in your classes, please fill in the form below. The guest speakers will provide advice or suggestion on some of the cases at the seminar. All the collected information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

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Link
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22 Jun (Wed)
3:00pm–4:00pm

Seminar
(F0401, IOH)

[Pedagogical Principles and Practices]

Scaffolding your teaching to bring students to the next level

Prof. Ricky Kwok
VP (S&S)

In this seminar, the speaker will first briefly introduce the Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) concept.  With this constructivist framework, the speaker will then share his experiences in using different scaffolding strategies in teaching computational thinking and algorithms.  In these experiences, the ultimate goal had always been to nurture students’ computational mindset, based on a hierarchical understanding starting from fundamental of computing, computational costs, all the way to (in)computability.  An even higher level “human development” goal was to enable students to have a renewed perspective about the world they are living in.Link
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23 Jun (Thu)
2:30pm–4:00pm

Workshop
(E0311, 3/F, JC)

[Learning Technologies]

Online collaborative learning — Using Flipgrid to promote active learning

Ross Vermeer
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

Flipgrid is a video-sharing platform that encourages asynchronous discussion amongst students. It provides an interesting and potentially pedagogically-rich ‘middle ground’ between traditional text-based discussion boards and synchronous video classes and meetings. In this workshop you’ll learn how Flipgrid works, assess its strengths as a teaching tool, and consider ways of using Flipgrid effectively in your classes. Please bring your laptop computer.Link
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24 Jun (Fri)
3:00pm–4:00pm

Seminar
(A-101, Main Campus)

[OBE and Assessment]

Alternative Assessments

Caroline Leung
Senior Instructional Designer, ALTO

When you think of ‘assessment’, you might envisage an exam hall or students writing an essay. However, a much broader range of assessment methods is at our disposal for gauging students’ mastery of skills and learning outcomes. Some skills might be more effectively assessed through, for example, authentic tasks, poster presentations, debates, ePortfolios or peer assessment. In this seminar we will look at some alternative forms of assessment, including examples of how they are used in other universities and tips for implementation.Link
 Date/ Time/ VenueTopic/Speaker(s)Synopsis
123 May (Mon) 3:00pm–4:00pm Zoom[Learning Technologies] Developing a Teaching ePortfolio Dr Eva Tsang Director, ALTOWhat is a teaching ePortfolio and why do we need to develop one? During the process of development, we can sharpen our ability to critically reflect on our teaching successes and practices, and presenting ourselves as knowledgeable, confident, and reflective teachers. This seminar consists of two parts. The first part will introduce the concepts, pedagogical foundations, types and components of a teaching ePortfolio and the ways in which they may be crafted and curated. Some samples of e-Portfolios will be shown.  The second part will elaborate on the requirements for submitting the Teaching e-Portfolio for the President’s Awards for Excellence in Inspirational Teaching.
224 May (Tue) 3:00pm–4:00pm Zoom[Learning Technologies] Online collaborative learning: Part 1 — Frameworks and approaches Emilie Pavey Instructional Designer, ALTOLearning in a collaborative format can promote students’ higher-level thinking, self-management, communication and leadership skills, and it doesn’t need to happen face-to-face: online learning tools can facilitate and enhance collaboration remotely or asynchronously. This session is the first in a series of sessions exploring collaborative learning technologies. It will introduce a theoretical framework for online collaborative learning and suggest some general strategies for designing collaborative tasks and activities, including tips for making the most of Google Docs as a simple way to get started with student group work online.
324 May (Tue) 4:30pm–5:30pm Zoom[Learning Technologies] Online collaborative learning: Part 2 — Using Miro for collaboration Francis Tsoi Instructional Designer, ALTOFostering interaction and collaboration can be challenging. Miro, a widely-used online collaborative whiteboard in higher education will be introduced in this session. This 1-hour workshop will introduce the basic functions of Miro, and showcase some examples of using Miro to promote collaboration in Higher Education settings. The workshop will have hands-on activities on Miro, thus the participants are expected to join this workshop with a PC/Mac.
425 May (Wed) 3:00pm–4:00pm Zoom[Pedagogical Principles and Practices] Flipping the classroom: Can it work for me? Caroline Leung Senior Instructional Designer, ALTOThis seminar will explore the flipped classroom, an approach which reverses the conventional teacher-centred lecturing approach and instead incorporates student-centred activities and online components into a blended learning model. We will look at how this method works and the steps for implementing it in your own classes. Case studies and examples of successful flipped classroom lesson plans and activities will be presented.
526 May (Thu) 3:00pm–4:00pm Zoom[OBE and Assessment] Introduction to assessment in higher education Dr Henry Choi Senior Instructional Designer, ALTOSome teachers believe that assessment is simply grading students by their assignments and exam papers. Well, there could be much more than that. This seminar will answer 3 basic questions about assessment: What is it? Why do we need it? and How could we do it? Fundamental concepts of assessment and practical guidelines in higher education will be discussed. This session is especially suitable for novice teachers and those who would like to reflect on the roles of assessment in their courses.
627 May (Fri) 3:00pm–4:00pm Zoom[Student Engagement] The effects of Zoom and other educational technology on students’ cognitive load Ross Vermeer Senior Instructional Designer, ALTOAttending Zoom meetings and lessons should be comfortable and pleasant. And yet over the past two years we’ve discovered it’s anything but. Why does being on Zoom seem so difficult and tiring? And what effects does this have in a specifically educational context? In this seminar we’ll examine the ways in which technology-mediated teaching and learning can cause cognitive overload in both students and teachers, and consider some strategies for making the most of this learning environment.
 Date/ Time/ VenueTopic/Speaker(s)SynopsisRegistration
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26 April (Tue)
3:00–4:00pm
ZOOM
Language: English

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28 April (Thur)
3:00–4:00pm
ZOOM
Language: Cantonese (PPT in English)

Developing a Teaching e-Portfolio

Dr Eva Tsang
Director, ALTO

What is a teaching ePortfolio and why do we need to develop one? During the process of development, we can sharpen our ability to critically reflect on our teaching successes and practices, and presenting ourselves as knowledgeable, confident, and reflective teachers.

This seminar consists of two parts. The first part will introduce the concepts, pedagogical foundations, types and components of a teaching ePortfolio and the ways in which they may be crafted and curated. Some samples of e-Portfolios will be shown. The second part will elaborate on the requirements for submitting the Teaching e-Portfolio for the President’s Awards for Excellence in Inspirational Teaching.

Register

 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.

610 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.