Outcome Based Education

Teaching Support

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1. Regular seminars and workshops

 

Recognizing the increasing importance of professional development; the OBE team organizes a series of activities to promote and support learning and teaching communities, as well as to facilitate the work of frontline curriculum planners and course instructors, through the exchange of ideas and sharing of good practices.

Local and overseas experts are invited to articulate their insights regarding some of the hot topics in higher education, such as general education and curriculum reform, program assessment, innovative teaching and learning etc. In addition, the experts will share their experiences of change initiatives in their home countries and institutions.

2. Exchange of ideas and discussion on OBE issues---HKUST OBEiBlog (New!)

 

The iBlog (http://blog.ust.hk/obeteam/) is an online discussion platform established for teaching staff to exchange ideas about OBE issues, share good practice and seek advice from each other, in order to ultimately cultivate a culture of OBE in the School of Science. Useful information such as short articles related to outcomes-based teaching and learning, hot topics in the higher education sector (e.g. assessment) will be made available for discussion. The iBlog may serve as a platform of experience sharing between senior and new faculty members. Moreover, this encourages the communication amongst teaching staff in the form of constructive discussion on various issues they encounter in their courses for continuous enhancement of education quality in UST as a whole.

 

Previous Teaching Support Activities:

18 October 2013

Faculty Peer Sharing Session: “Motivating Our Students”

Professor CHAN Che Ting

Chair Professor, Department of Physics
2012 Common Core Course Excellence Award (The Honorary Mention)
1999 Michael Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching

Professor LEUNG Shing Yu

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
2011 Best Ten Lecturers

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In view of some common difficulties in teaching during the recent years, the sharing session focuses on how to motivate our students and try to find ways to encourage lifelong learning. Professor Chan and Professor Leung shared their valuable experiences in the classroom and introduced strategies that help students engage in class, e.g. whether to use PPT and whether to distribute lecture notes or not.

The floor was then opened for discussion among 24 participants about strategies they have tried before. It was a valuable chance for colleagues to learn from each other's good practices. Participants encouraged more sharing sessions to be held in the future.

22 March 2013

Science Seminar: “The Design and Implementation of Outcome-Based Assessment in Science”

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Professor Isabella Wai Yin Poon, the guest speaker from the CUHK, was invited to share experiences of implementing her Teaching Development projects about Outcome-Based Assessment in her institution. 25 colleagues, including teaching staff from the School of Science, School of Engineering, School of Business and Management and the Undergraduate Core Education Office, have participated in this Science Seminar.

Professor Poon shared her experience of using assessment as learning activity, defining grade descriptors, developing assessment chart and framework, as well as evaluating students’ achievements of learning outcomes at program level. In both presentation and discussion sessions, participants learned from her sharing and had more ideas about how to tackle related challenges. Although it was not an easy task and required trial-and-error, the evaluation culture changed gradually with her endeavors.

23 January 2013

Faculty Forum: “One Curriculum, Two Stories – To Teach or To Learn?”

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Starting with some important findings from faculty individual interviews and student focus group meetings conducted in Summer 2012, the faculty forum provided colleagues with a platform to share their concerns, generate ideas, and initiate practical actions on the difficulties that the school is facing, so as to improve the teaching and learning environment among ourselves. 19 colleagues from different division/departments have participated in the forum, in which they expressed their care and concerns about students’ satisfaction, program design, and student-staff relationships, etc. All participants gave great attention to the issues and would like to work together to face the challenges.

28 November 2012

Faculty Peer Sharing Session: “Getting to Know Our Students”

Professor LEUNG Pak Wo

Associate Dean
Director of Office of Academic Advising and Support
School of Science
(2007 Michael G Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching
2006, 2007 Best Ten Lecturers,
2004 Science School Teaching Award)

Professor YEUNG Lam Lung

UG Programs Coordinator
Adjunct Professor
Department of Chemistry
(19 years of teaching experience,
Residence Master)

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From the Intake and Wellness Survey (2011-2012) results, science students expressed having less confidence in language, communication, and facing difficulties in managing time and using English for academic purposes.

Titled “Getting to Know Our Students”, the sharing session aims to encourage faculty members to understand students, devise strategies to strengthen students’ weaknesses, equip students with skills for their goal achievements, and finally, let students self-reflect for further development. Starting from presentation of the Intake and Wellness Survey data by Professor King Chow to set the scene with background of science students, Professor Leung and Professor Yeung shared their valuable experiences and understanding of students on the topics “communicating science” and “strengthen our students”.

The floor was then opened to participants for discussion to come up with strategies to enhance science student learning.

8 March 2012 “Educational Exchange with Scholar” Series: Facilitating Teaching, Learning and Assessment by doing MORE Student Evaluations

(Staff Development Seminar, co-organized by Undergraduate Core Education Office and School of Science OBE team)

Prof. Chi-Kwong LI

For Year 2011 – 2012:

Visiting Professor,
Department of Mathematics, HKU.

Ferguson Professor of Mathematics,
College of William and Mary, USA.

For Year 2011:

2011 Fulbright Fellow, HKUST

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Students and instructors may find that doing student evaluations is a boring routine exercise, which has very little impact on teaching and learning. It may even create pressure on getting promotion or teaching assistantship if negative responses are received. In this seminar, we shared some experiences and ideas in how to turn student evaluations into a tool to facilitate learning, teaching and assessment. The discussion was mainly base on practical classroom (successful and unsuccessful) experiences, and not so much on deep educational theory.

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Workshop video: (note: video data size ~600MB)

13 Apr 2011 OBE Workshop: Step Out and Make a Difference!

Prof. Chi-Kwong LI

Ferguson Professor of Mathematics,
College of William and Mary,

For Year 2011:

Visiting Professor (Mathematics),
Core Education Advisor,
2011 Fulbright Fellow, HKUST

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Combining his background from Hong Kong and his American experience in general education, Professor Li offered a common core course, "Mathematics in Daily Life", at the HKUST in Spring 2011 focusing on the connections and applications of mathematics to different topics such as "urban service, business efficiency, voting, scheduling", and "mahjong game". Using this course as an example, Professor Li has discussed how to engage students' participation through various teaching and learning activities, and how to do formative assessments in the form of self- and peer- evaluation.

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7-9 Apr 2010 OBE Grand Rounds

Prof. Tina L Overton

Professor of Chemistry Education
Director, Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre
Department of Chemistry, University of Hull

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Workshop – Developing & Assessing Generic Outcomes (7 April)

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Workshop – Assessing Program Learning Outcomes (8 April)

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Workshop – Learning from the OBE Experience in the UK (9 April)

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15 Jan 2010 OBE Pilot Project III (Spring 2010):

Workshop – Embedding an Outcome-Based Approach into Courses

Prof. King Chow, BIOL

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19 Oct 2009

OBE Workshop: Just do it!

Prof. Bruce Ackerson, Oklahoma State University

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A number of rubrics are presented that have been used by myself and others for different purposes. One of these rubrics will be used to evaluate a small sample of student work, first individually. Then small groups of two or three will compare and discuss the evaluations to come to some consensus evaluation. This is followed by a discussion of the process. What works well? What doesn't? How do the different group evaluations compare? Is the evaluation valid and reliable? (Does it measure what it is meant to measure and does it produce similar results for a variety of users?)

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29 Sept 2009 OBE Pilot Project II (Fall 2009):

Sharing Session for OBE Pilot Project Instructors

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24 Aug 2009 OBE Pilot Project II (Fall 2009):

Workshop – Embedding Outcome-Based Education in Courses

Mr. Nick Noakes, CELT

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31 Mar 2009 OBE Pilot Project I (Spring 2009):

Meeting of OBE Pilot Project Instructors

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8 Jan 2009 OBE Pilot Project I (Spring 2009):

Meeting of OBE Pilot Project Instructors

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