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- HKBU Vision Statement
"To deliver the best student experience by emphasising integrity, creativity, communication, employability, and commitment to the common good of humankind"
- A Core Objective of the HKBU Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028

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Welcome to HKBU!

Our new staff Induction Programme, pre-semester workshops and other related orientation activities, to be conducted online mostly this year, include a schedule of informative, interactive, and social events that helps incoming faculty make a smooth and enjoyable transition to our University. You will meet new colleagues, hear from HKBU faculty and staff, and be able to engage and ask questions.

New faculty and teachers are strongly encouraged to go through the eLearning materials for synchronous online teaching and relevant announcements on the following webpages:

eLearning Support:

Induction Workshop:

HKBU Graduate Attributes

7 HKBU Graduate Attributes

Institutional learning goals for HKBU students

Education at HKBU aims to unlock students’ potential and competencies in all aspects of whole person development, including intellectual, professional, moral, spiritual, cultural, social and physical. HKBU defines this philosophy underpinning its teaching programmes/curriculum and total university experience offered to students through a spectrum of Graduate Attributes as follows:

Be responsible citizens with an international outlook and a sense of ethics and civility
Have up-to-date, in-depth knowledge of an academic specialty, as well as a broad range of cultural and general knowledge
Be independent, lifelong learners with an open mind and an inquiring spirit
Have the necessary information literacy and IT skills, as well as numerical and problem-solving skills, to function effectively in work and everyday life
Be able to think critically and creatively
Have trilingual and biliterate competence in English and Chinese, and the ability to articulate ideas clearly and coherently
Be ready to serve, lead and work in a team, and to pursue a healthy lifestyle

Reference: approved by HKBU Senate in September 2008


Graduate Attributes for Postgraduates

HKBU Taught Postgraduate graduates

Upon graduation, HKBU Taught Postgraduate graduates should possess:

Knowledge Mastery of knowledge of their academic specialty or profession that is in-depth, advanced and up-to-date and be able to apply the knowledge to their profession or disciplines.
Creativity The ability to evaluate and apply knowledge to make critical and independent judgement, and provide creative and innovative solutions to problems.
Skills The ability to apply appropriate theories, methodologies and techniques for professional or disciplinary advancement in their fields.
Learning An on-going interest and capability in continuous learning for the purpose of tackling the complexities in their professional field or discipline through inquiry and critical reflection.
Communication The ability to synthesize and articulate ideas clearly, coherently, and in a logical way, with fluent communication skills.
Citizenship A sense of upholding professional ethics and social responsibility consistent with their roles as local and global citizens.

Remark: HKBU’s whole person education comprises seven elements. As “Teamwork” should have been developed when students reach postgraduate level, it is not highlighted in the Graduate Attributes for postgraduate students. However, owing to the different nature of the programmes, “Teamwork” may still be included as one of the learning objectives or programme outcomes as appropriate.

HKBU Research Postgraduate and Professional Doctorate Degree graduates

Upon graduation, HKBU Research Postgraduate and Professional Doctorate Degree graduates should possess:

Knowledge Mastery and creation of knowledge at the forefront of their field of specialization, together with advanced knowledge in other related areas.
Creativity The ability to evaluate existing regimes and develop original research insights and methodology for advanced academic inquiry.
Skills The ability to apply appropriate theories, research methodologies and techniques to make informed judgement and solve problems in general and of different complex contexts in their fields.
Learning A sustainable interest and autonomous initiative in the acquisition of advanced knowledge and in the exploration of new areas of research and professional environments.
Communication The ability to communicate and exchange knowledge and ideas in their fields clearly and effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Citizenship A sense of upholding professional ethics and social responsibility consistent with their roles as local and global citizens.

Remark: HKBU’s whole person education comprises seven elements. As “Teamwork” should have been developed when students reach postgraduate level, it is not highlighted in the Graduate Attributes for postgraduate students. However, owing to the different nature of the programmes, “Teamwork” may still be included as one of the learning objectives or programme outcomes as appropriate.

Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL)@HKBU

“What can students achieve after taking my course?”

The principle of Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) is based on the constructive alignment model which presumes that all components in the teaching system, especially the Assessment Methods (AMs) and the Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs) are aligned to the Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) in order to help students achieve them.

To implement OBTL effectively, HKBU recognises that a full commitment to teaching and learning must include strategies of assessment and documentation which focus on the content and learning progress of our students. One of the strategies is to use Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) to assess the progress of students in achieving the learning outcomes against a set of objective criteria.

The use of CRA, approved by the Senate in April 2012, is set out in the HKBU’s Policy for the Assessment of Student Learning which is one of the guiding principles that underpins the way assessment is undertaken in this University.

For more information about the OBTL concept, learning taxonomies, and OBTL requirements for programme accreditation, please visit

Checklist for the First Day of Class

The first day of class presents a golden opportunity for you to introduce yourself as a scholar and educator to the prospective students of your class, and provide insight into how you are going to teach the class face-to-face or in online/mixed mode and what you expect your students to contribute to the learning process.

To-do checklist for your first class

Have I …?
checked class time and embedded the appropriate Zoom links into your Moodle courseroom?
incorporated ice breaker activities into the first week of my course?
confirmed methods for gathering information of students' expectations on my course? Also for their questions and concerns?
had all announcements for necessary information, including those for eLearning, ready?
downloaded the up-to-date class roster?
uploaded course materials to Moodle courseroom for students’ access?
met the teaching assistants of my course?
had the course intended learning outcomes, outline and description ready?
finalised the course syllabus and grading policy, aligning both the teaching and learning activities and digital technology support assessment methods to the course intended learning outcomes?


eLearning ecosystem

HKBU functions within a diverse environment of emerging educational technologies by establishing a supportive and flexible learning environment in which eLearning is an integrated, dynamic and innovative element.

Please browse the eLearning @ HKBU website:

elearning ecosystem diagram

Pan-university Standards for Adoption of e-Pedagogies for Effective Teaching and Learning (the “Standards”)

The “Standards”, approved by the Senate in May 2017, are intended to provide colleagues with a framework to facilitate the adoption of e-pedagogies in cultivating students to become active and self-directed learners / life-long learners, and enhancing their learning experience while still catering for diversity and flexibility in e-pedagogical practices.

More details of the “Standards” can be found on the BUniPort, under the option of “U-Wide Policies & Info” “Policies & Guidelines” “Quality Assurance, Teaching & Learning.

“Internationalization” via Developing Online Courses Initiatives with FutureLearn

With internationalisation as one of the priorities in the HKBU Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028, our University has been continuously promoting blended learning and establishing ties with renowned overseas universities.

With Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) and other blended learning initiatives, our students can learn alongside their peers in other universities with different cultural backgrounds. Teachers can also co-teach with overseas partners, opening up opportunities for joint programmes. In this light, the Teaching and Learning Policy Committee (TLPC) supports the University to adopt FutureLearn as our initial SPOC platform.

The University has  adopted FutureLearn ( as our initial Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) platform and colleagues are invited to submit proposals and apply their innovative blended learning ideas in their teaching. Up to HKD100,000 can be allocated per successful proposal to support the initial SPOC establishment. Proposals will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis until the fund is exhausted. For details, please visit

A Paradigm Shift in Assessments

Rethink/Redesign of student assessment methods with the aid of technology

With the advancement of technology, the use of online/mixed-mode activities like virtual exchanges, online collaborations, online global discussions/forums etc. have gained much popularity at higher education for enhancing face-to-face teaching and learning. Educators need to rethink/redesigning assessments with the aid of technology for evaluating student learning performance and returning timely feedback to students during the learning process.

More information on how HKBU brings a paradigm shift to our curriculum and assessment by developing alternative assessment instruments and scoring rubrics could be found in our Advanced Study Institute (ASI) seminar via

Cantonese version | Putonghua version

Evidence Collection for Quality Assurance

The Evidence Collection for Quality Assurance is operated by CHTL to gather data on student achievements of GAs from their performance in both course assignments, through Outcomes Assessment (OA) and the University Academic Profile (UAP). Data (direct evidence) from OA and UAP exercises can be analysed together with the data (indirect evidence) collected from the Student Learning Experience Questionnaires (SLEQ). The results can be used by the University to correlate students’ achievements of the Graduate Attributes (GAs) and their learning experience, this in turn, can help to inform the University on policy formulation.

University Academic Profile (UAP)

The University Academic Profile (UAP) has been introduced as one of the instruments for Evidence Collection for Quality Assurance at HKBU since AY2012/13, with an aim to assist the University in collecting direct evidence on student learning in the aspects of Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking. As it further develops over the past few years, the UAP has gained more recognition from our faculty and staff members. Its role in monitoring student achievements in Whole Person Education was also reaffirmed by the UGC Quality Assurance Committee (UGC-QAC) Audit Panel in its Report of the Second Audit Cycle published in February 2016.

The UAP is now a KPI that the University must return to the UGC annually. As such, there is a demand on the rate of responses: 80% for freshmen, 50% for Year 2 students, and 30% for Final Year students. As students are more receptive to teachers’ requests, your assistance in urging your students to complete the UAP will be appreciated.

Outcomes Assessment (OA)

Outcomes Assessment (OA) can be described as a systematic and ongoing method of gathering, analysing and using information from various sources about an education programme to ascertain how well the programme and institutional learning outcomes have been attained by students in that programme.

This continuing exercise can help the University, Faculties and Programmes identify and solve key issues in teaching and learning in the respective programmes, so as to continuously enhance the overall quality of the programmes to improve the learning and development of our students.

For programmes that participate in the OA exercise, all core course(s) of Year 2 and 4 are selected to use the same GA Rubric for evaluation.

Evidence on student achievements of GAs are gathered from their performance in both course assignments, through OA and UAP. This approach can help track students’ learning progress across years and ascertain their achievement of Graduate Attributes (GAs).

Student Learning Experience Questionnaires (SLEQ)

Students are encouraged to think of learning as an ongoing process in which their expectations and their actual experiences can fuel their development as they progress in HKBU. To assist students as well as the University understand the experiences of their study, university life and how good they are with regard to the Graduate Attributes of the University.

Very importantly, students’ responses in these Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ) will provide important data for the University to continuously improve its learning and teaching initiatives. Timely support could also be rendered to students if necessary.

After completing each SLEQ, students will receive their own individual report on their progress as compared with the previous one, as well as against the progress of their fellow students.

Aggregated results of the Evidence Collection for Quality Assurance are reported to the Senate, and its senior committees annually. As the data/evidence accumulate, they will enable triangulation of the results to provide evidence on how our students are achieving the HKBU GAs, and by extension, WPE.

The UAP, OA, and SLEQ are administered along the timeline of each cohort of undergraduate students as they progress in HKBU.

Benefits of Evidence Collection for Quality Assurance

Support for Teaching and Learning at HKBU

Workshops and Seminars

Teaching and Learning Experience Sharing (TALES) Seminar Series

The TALES seminar series aims to stimulate sharing and collegial discussions about innovations in teaching and learning. The workshops/seminars provide excellent opportunities for colleagues to share their innovative ideas or new developments in pedagogy and present their reflected experiences on teaching and learning.

Details can be found via

Induction Programme

HKBU is renowned for its dedication in providing an excellent and holistic education experience for its students. With “Best Student Experience” as one of the strategic priorities in our Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028 (, quality teaching and learning is given a top priority, re-emphasising our focus on Whole Person Education.

The Induction Programme is specifically designed for new academic and teaching staff members joining HKBU. The primary objective of the Programme is to help new colleagues get familiar with the learning and teaching environment and culture of HKBU.

More details of the Programme are available on

Pre-semester Workshops

The Pre-semester Workshops aim to facilitate colleagues on the adoption of related e-pedagogy through different e-tools including Learning Management System (e.g. Moodle) and Zoom to enhance teaching and learning at the University. These workshops are usually held before the commencement of each semester.

Details can be found via


Online Courses Available for New Teachers

(i) Teaching and Learning at HKBU (T&L@HKBU)

To better equip new teaching colleagues with the teaching pedagogies adopted at the University, this 5-hour online course covers appropriate teaching theories, the Outcomes-Based Teaching and Learning (OBTL) approach and Criterion-Referenced Assessment (CRA) etc. Colleagues can go through the learning content of this online course anytime and anywhere.


(ii) Blended Online Learning and Teaching (BOLT)

To enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills in terms of blended and online pedagogies, tools and techniques, this online course takes you through the essentials of remote learning and teaching online through engaging videos and other collaborative activities.

Please email us at for enrolment or enquiries of the above two online courses.


Workshop Attendance Record

You can view your workshop attendance record on the CHTL website, under "Teaching & Learning"» "CHTL Activities Records".


Other Resources

Teaching Grants

The CHTL is entrusted by the University to administer some teaching grants for supporting innovative teaching and learning initiatives and pedagogical research, including Teaching Development Grants (TDG) projects, the establishment of Communities of Practice (CoPs), and Online Courses/Blended Learning Initiatives with FutureLearn (Please refer to the previous section for more details on our internationalization initiatives with FutureLearn). All full-time staff members, whose duties involve aspects of teaching and learning of the UGC-funded programmes in the University, are welcome to apply.

More details of the above funding opportunities are available on

Advance Higher Education Access Partnership for Teaching Excellence at HKBU

In line with international best practices, HKBU is delighted to become an institutional Access Partner of Advance HE, UK. This demonstrates HKBU’s commitment as an organisation to teaching and learning in Higher Education. Advance (HE) administers the internationally recognised Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship Scheme. This Scheme awards four different categories of Fellowships: Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)Fellowship (FHEA)Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) and Principal Fellowship (PFHEA). This comprehensive progression pathway aligns with the core objectives of HKBU. The CHTL will provide advice to colleagues on pedagogies and ways of putting together a portfolio for submission to Advance HE for the HEA Fellowship.

More details can be found at

Consultation Sessions

The CHTL provides consultation sessions for academic colleagues to identify strategies to enhance learning and teaching at the University. We would explore approaches on analyzing student learning capabilities, and help academic and teaching colleagues formulate their proposal ideas for different funding opportunities, including TDGs, CoPs and Blended Learning Initiatives with FutureLearn etc. This consultation service, available to individuals and groups, is private and confidential, and can include class observation(s) with constructive feedback upon request. To arrange a consultation, please contact our senior staff at the CHTL or e-mail us at