New Faculty Orientation: Teaching and Learning at HKUST, Fall 2020

Friday, 14 August, 2020 - 09:30 to Friday, 21 August, 2020 - 15:15

The “New Faculty Orientation: Teaching and Learning at HKUST” is a teaching and learning introductory program for all teaching staff who has recently joined the University. This two- day program is offered twice a year in August and January and specifically designed to take account of some key aspects of teaching and learning in the context of HKUST.

In this program, you can learn about areas that are important to you as a new HKUST faculty member, including an overview of teaching and learning framework at HKUST, special teaching arrangement for Fall term (2020/2021), UG students’ demographics and tips for teaching in a diverse classroom etc.

Our teaching ward-winning faculty will also share some good and practical teaching practice to engage students. Participants will also be introduced may with different ways to obtain feedback on your teaching both during a course and at the end of a semester.


Program Rundown



  14 Aug (Fri)
Venue: Zoom

09:30 – 10:30

Welcome by the Associate Provost (Teaching & Learning)
Session 1: Overview of Teaching and Learning and Tri-modal Education Framework

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Session 2: Knowing your Students, Teaching for a Diverse Classroom

13:15 – 14:15

Session 3: Sharing from HKUST Professors

14:15 – 15:15

Session 4: Getting Feedback on Your Teaching


21 Aug (Fri)

Venue: Zoom

10:30 – 12:00

Session 5: Library Support for Teaching and Research

12:30 – 14:00

Session 6: Canvas Basics

14:30 – 15:15

Session 7: ITSC Support and PRS for Teaching


Program Descriptions


14 August 2020


Session 1: Overview of Teaching and Learning and Tri-modal Education Framework

Prof. Roger Cheng, Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning)


This session intended to provide you with a better understanding of all the important issues related to teaching and learning at HKUST. Associate Provost of Teaching and Learning will share information important to you as a new academia, including the overview of the 4-year UG curriculum; Common Core program, teaching arrangement for Fall term (2020/2021) ; teaching practice performance indicators, and strategic teaching and learning initiatives at HKUST.


Session 2: Knowing Your Students, Teaching for a Diverse Classroom

Dr. Beatrice Chu, Educational Developer, Center for Education Innovation


As the Common Core Program is a key part of the undergraduate educational experience, complementing studies in specialist disciplines and other learning opportunities, the Academic Director of Undergraduate Core Education will also present in this session to give you an overview of the common core curriculum and the development process of common core course.


Session 3: Sharing from HKUST Professors (Roundtable discussion)
Prof Julian Groves, Associate Prof of Social Science Education, Department of Social Science
Prof Desmond Tsoi, Assistant Prof of Engineering Education, Department of Computer Science & Engineering


In this session, you can learn from the teaching award winners regarding some good teaching practices that can enhance student learning. The session will be structured in a round table discussion format and participants are encouraged to exchange ideas with speakers on aspect that bring about good teaching at UST.


Session 4: Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

Nick Noakes, Associate Director of Center for Education Innovation
Phoebe Mok, Education Development Manager, Center for Education Innovation


Gathering feedback from students about your teaching can be useful in helping you to develop and refine your teaching. This session will provide a number of different ways that you can obtain feedback on your teaching both during a course and at the end of a semester.



21 August 2020


Session 5: Library Support for Teaching and Research

Ms. Victoria Caplan, Head of Information Instruction & Collection Services, Library Subject Librarians

This session will give you a brief overview of the author’s rights and publishing (copyright, options for publishing and funding agency’s requirement).

Then you will join your subject librarian in a small group where they will introduce you to important electronic resources and services, for example: pertinent databases & e-journals, inter-library loan, library instruction classes for your student's course assignments, course reserve, the HKUST SPD, DataSpace, Data Management Plan, etc.  This will also be a good time to ask questions and discuss your teaching and research needs.


Session 6: Canvas Basics

May Tse and Rambo Lai, Center for Education Innovation


Canvas is a comprehensive and user-friendly Learning Management System adopted by the University in 2014 to support its changing learning and teaching needs. In this hands-on session, we will guide you through key basic features in Canvas such as creating and managing course content, communicating with students, monitoring learning progress, and grading students’ work.


Session 7: ITSC Support and PRS for Teaching

Mr. David Shiu, Head (IT Technical Services & AV Technology), ITSC

Miss Liona Cheung, Assistant Computing Information Officer, ITSC  


The Information Technology Service Center (ITSC) will introduce all major IT and AV facilities available in the teaching venues at UST. This session will also walk you through the set-up of Personal Response System (PRS) and how clickers can be used to facilitate your classroom teaching.


Registration: please click here.


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