Teaching and Learning Experience Sharing (TALES) Seminar Series (2011/12 Semester 2)

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The transition to the 4-year Degree coupled with the adoption of outcome-based teaching and learning (OBTL) present staff with significant challenges and opportunities for professional development. The Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL) has an important role to work with academic colleagues for the enhancement of student learning.
The TALES seminar series is designed to assist both new and experienced academic staff to adapt to the changing nature of the environment in which they work. TALES will help colleagues understand how our students learn, and provide resources, academic support and learning opportunities with OBTL and e-learning. The CHTL team will work with teachers to develop effective pedagogy in a holistic environment to enable our students to take proactive action to better manage their own learning.


Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of TALES, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the HKBU Graduate Attributes and their importance in the OBTL implementation;
  2. Develop constructively aligned Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs) and Assessment Methods (AMs) for their respective courses;
  3. Experiment with new and innovative teaching activities through the deployment of e-learning;

Series Outline

TALES Topics Date Time Venue
Powerpoint & Supplementary Notes
Evaluation Statistics
1. Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) Implementation – Some Common Questions Answered 16 Feb 12:30pm – 2:00 pm WLB109 CHTL8100 Online Materials in BU eLearning
2. Using Rubrics to Grade Student Work* 6 Mar 12:45pm – 2:15pm WLB302
    14 Mar 12:30pm – 2:00pm ACC209
22 Mar 12:30pm – 2:00pm OEE601
23Apr# 12:45pm – 2:15pm SCE308
3. Using Your iPad Productively for Research and Teaching 8 May 12:45pm – 2:15pm ACC209
4. Do Not Turn Off Your Mobile Phone in My Lectures iQlickers? : A Low Cost Personal Response System 5 Jun 12:45pm – 2:15pm ACC209
(Note: Light Lunch will be provided)
* identical sessions, repeat sessions by request
#Putonghua/Cantonese session普通話/粵語
“GE-Dialogue” will be run in other Tuesdays. Please visit?http://www18.hkbu.edu.hk/ge/faculty/events/ for details.

Session Details


TALES 1 – Thursday, 16 Feburary 2012

Title: Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) Implementation – Some Common Questions Answered
Speaker/s: Colleague(s) of the CHTL

Do you have any questions on the implementation of criterion-referenced assessment (CRA)? Senate has approved the adoption of CRA from September 2012, so if you have any queries, now is the time to raise them. In our discussions with Departments and individual colleagues, we have come across some common conceptions and frequently asked questions. For example, “Am I allowed to change the generic rubrics to use in my own courses?” or “What should I do if no one gets an A in this assignment?”.? In this TALES session, we would like to share these questions and answers with you to eliminate any misconceptions so that we all start CRA on a high note.
At the end of this TALES session, participants should be able to?find the answers to some frequently asked question about CRA adoption.
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (light lunch from 12:15-12:30pm)
Venue: WLB 109

TALES 2 – 6, 14, 22 March and 23 April2012

Title: Using Rubrics to Grade Student Work
Speaker/s: Colleague(s) of the CHTL

Now that we have all worked diligently to prepare assessment rubrics for the various assignments, the next step is to go through the exercise of using a rubric to assign actual grades to students in an assessment task. For a course with multiple assignments, eventually we will have to translate the CRA results into appropriate grades so that both the students and ourselves know how well the students have achieved the CILOs. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to use rubrics to grade student work, certain shortcuts and pitfalls will be revealed so as to ease the transition for all concerned.
At the end of this TALES workshop, participants should be able to:
  • illustrate with their own examples, how to use rubrics to assign grades to students in assignments; and
  • translate the CRA results into an aggregate grade for each student in a course of their choice.
Time and Venue: 6 March: 12:45pm – 2:15pm, in WLB302
  14 Mar: 12:30pm – 2:00pm, in ACC209
  22 Mar: 12:30pm – 2:00pm, in OEE601
  23 Apr: 12:45pm – 2:15pm, in SCM308 (Putonghua/Cantonese session 普通話/粵語)
  (these are identical sessions, repeat sessions by request)

TALES 3 – Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Title: Using Your iPad Productively for Research and Teaching
Speaker/s: Mr. Nick Noakes
Director, Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
This workshop will introduce strategies for bringing content relevant to your interests onto the device without having to waste time searching various sources for it. It will also show you how it is possible to create and edit different document types (Word, PPT, Excel) for your research and teaching. It will also demonstrate one or two tools that can be used directly in your courses to free you from the lectern and to engage students.?If you have an iPad, please bring it along to the workshop.
This workshop is aimed at those people who either have an iPad or are thinking about getting one. For those people who have an iPad already, the session assumes familiarity with the device settings and synchronization features.
At the end of this TALES workshop, participants should be able to:
  • manage your iPad for your professional work-?Transfer and synchronize files between your iPad and your laptop/desktop
    -?Edit or create MS Office docs: Word, PowerPoint, Excel (requires purchase of a commercial app)
    -?Download and annotate readings in pdf (requires purchase of a commercial app)
    -?Make the Safari web browser on the iPad work productively for you
  • leverage your iPad for research-?Make your aggregation of content from journal databases and web for reading, listening and viewing more effective and efficient
    -?Make audio and text notes for research interviews, focus groups and meetings (requires purchase of a commercial app)
  • use your iPad for teaching-?Present and annotate your ppt slides for teaching or conference presentations
    -?Enhance student engagement in your in courses through the student creation of content
Time: 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm (light lunch from 12:30-12:45pm)
Venue: ACC 209


Nick Noakes is the Director of the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching at HKUST. His areas of research interest are teaching and learning practices around emerging technologies in higher education, epistemological and cognitive change, and institutional change strategies. He has been an advisory board member of the New Media Consortium and Educause’s annual Horizon Report Project since 2006 (http://www.nmc.org/horizon andhttp://www.nmc.org/publications). His homepage ishttp://ihome.ust.hk/~ctnick/


TALES 4 – Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Title: Do Not Turn Off Your Mobile Phone in My Lectures iQlickers? : A Low Cost Personal Response System
Speaker/s: Professor Albert Lee
Chair Professor in Chemistry, HKBU 

Professor Joseph Ng
Professor, Department of Computer Science, HKBU
The provision of a learning-centre environment is particularly challenging with large classes. In a large size class, interactions among students and with the instructor are usually very limited. When questions are posed, students’ responses are usually very passive. They are afraid to speak up and try to avoid embarrassments. Straight talk becomes the norm and learning can be rather passive.
A Personal Response System (iQlickers??http://www.iqlickers.com) was developed to remedy the situation. Every student has a powerful wireless signal transmitter, the mobile phone. When a question (in multiple choice or opinion survey format) is posed to the class, students can comfortably send in their personal responses anonymously via their mobile phones. iQlickers? can carry out a real time analysis, and display the statistics of the answers or opinions. It can further stimulate discussions and interactions among students. Cell phones are no longer just interpersonal communication necessities. They become handy teaching and learning tools in lectures via the iQlickers? platform. With iQlickers?, class interactions are greatly enhanced.
No set-up or purpose built response pads (clickers) are needed. iQlickers? requires no dedicated hardware in the lecture rooms and it is location independent. Our team has proven the concept in our own classes and we are now inviting interested colleagues to try this out with their students.
Timely feedback provided to students can help them improve and maintain their motivation in learning. This presentation will outline our iQlickers? project and explain to the audience how this e-learning endeavour helps in creating a learner-centred environment.
Time: 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm (light lunch from 12:30-12:45pm)
Venue: ACC 209


Professor Albert Lee received his BSc degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his PhD degree on organic chemistry from UCLA. After two years of postdoctoral research at MIT, he joined HKBU in 1982. Professor Lee is currently a Chair Professor in Chemistry and his research interests are in the areas of organic synthesis, functional materials, green chemistry and chemical education. Professor Lee is the recipient of the 2001 President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching.
All are welcome. For enquiries, please contact us at chtl@hkbu.edu.hk. As seats are limited, it would be very helpful if you could register your attendance at?here.