New Faculty Orientation: Teaching and Learning at HKUST & University Teaching and Learning Course Spring 2021

Date: 
Monday, 25 January, 2021 - 09:30 to Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 12:15

The New Faculty Orientation (NFO) is an introductory program for teaching and learning at the HKUST campuses for all teaching staff who have recently joined the University. This program is designed to familiarise new staff with the key aspects of teaching and learning in the context of HKUST.

This orientation includes a brief overview of the 4-year UG curriculum; the Common Core program; the demographics of our UG students; and effective ways to solicit feedback for your teaching. Distinguished teaching award winners and experienced faculty will share their teaching practices and give some advice for newly arrived faculty. In view of the latest development of COVID-19 and the university’s latest teaching and learning arrangements, we have also included sessions to provide training for using Zoom for teaching.

The University Teaching and Learning Course (UTL) is offered to all new teaching staff. For the newcomers, this course will prepare you for some of the important aspects of university teaching and learning, such as course design, learning assessment and feedback, teaching for student engagement and working with groups. For experienced faculty, this course can give you new insights in your teaching and useful advice on current teaching pedagogy to enhance student learning.

 

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Program Rundown

25 Jan (Mon)
Venue: Zoom
09:30 – 10:15

Welcome by the Associate Provost (Teaching & Learning)
NFO Session 1: Overview of Teaching and Learning at HKUST

10:15 – 10:45 NFO Session 2: Overview of the Common Core Curriculum
10:45 – 11:00 Tea Break
11:00 – 12:00 NFO Session 3: Knowing your Students, Teaching for a Diverse Classroom
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 NFO Session 4: Sharing from HKUST Professors
14:30 – 15:30 NFO Session 5: Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

26 Jan (Tue)

Venue: Zoom
09:30 – 11:00 NFO Session 6: Canvas Basics
11:30 – 13:00 NFO Session 7: Zoom Basics
14:00 – 16:15 NFO Session 8: Teaching for Active, Engaged Learning
27 Jan (Wed)
Venue: Zoom
09:30 – 10:45

UTL Session 1: How Learning Works

10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 UTL Session 2: Course Design based on Outcome-based Education
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 NFO Session 9: Zoom Polling
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:30 NFO Session 10: Zoom Breakout Room
28 Jan (Thu)
Venue: Zoom
09:30 – 10:45

UTL Session 3: Learning Assessment and Feedback

10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 UTL Session 4: Creating Rubrics for Assessment
14:00 – 15:30 NFO Session 11: Explore the Steps to Mixed Mode Teaching
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:30 NFO Session 12: Zoom Whiteboard
29 Jan (Fri)
Venue: Zoom
09:30 – 10:45

UTL Session 5: Teaching for Student Engagement

10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:15 UTL Session 6: Working with Students in Teams or Groups

 

Program Descriptions

 

25 Jan 2021 (Mon)

 

NFO Session 1: Overview of Teaching and Learning at HKUST

Prof. Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning)

 

This session intended to provide you with an understanding of the specific issues related to teaching and learning at HKUST. During the session, you can hear from the Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning in areas that are of importance to you as a new academic, including an overview of the 4-year UG curriculum; pedagogical approaches; teaching practice performance indicators, and strategic teaching and learning initiatives.

 

NFO Session 2: Overview of the Common Core Curriculum

Prof. Woo Kam Tim, Director of University Common Education,

Associate Director of 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.

 

NFO Session 3: Knowing Your Students, Teaching for a Diverse Classroom

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

 

This session intended to let us learn about you, such as your background and previous teaching experience, and let you get to know about the UG students at HKUST. Some of the UG students’ characteristics including demographics, background and study habits will be introduced. Diversity of HKUST’s student body and teaching for diversity will also be touched upon.

 

NFO Session 4: Sharing from HKUST Professors

Prof. Pak Wo Leung, Associate Dean of Science; Professor, Dept of Physics

Prof. Kenneth Leung, Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Dept of Computer Science and Engineering

 

In this session, you can learn from experienced faculty and teaching award winner regarding some good teaching practices that can enhance student learning. This session will be structured in an informal format and participants are encouraged to exchange ideas with speakers on aspect that bring about good teaching at UST.

 

NFO Session 5: Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

Nick Noakes, Associate Director of 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.

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26 Jan 2021 (Tue)

 

NFO 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.

 

NFO Session 7: Zoom Basics

CEI facilitators

 

This workshop is designed to introduce Zoom's basic features for new faculty and teaching staff who have not used Zoom for teaching and will cover:

  • interacting as a student and suggested student etiquette
  • using basic features to facilitate live online lessons and manage interaction (screen share, annotations, chat, raise hands, and mute/unmute)
  • understanding Zoom global settings, basic settings and scheduling recurring Zoom sessions through Canvas
  • accessing and publishing recorded Zoom sessions in Canvas after a class
  • viewing Zoom attendance records in Canvas after a class

 

NFO Session 8: Teaching for Active, Engaged Learning
Prof. Jingshen Wu, Chair Professor and founding Dean, School of System Design and Intelligent Manufacturing, The Southern University of Science and Technology

 

Dr. Michael Li, Assistant Deputy Director (Digital Learning), HKAPA

 

Prof Huamin Qu, Director of Interdisciplinary Program Office; Professor, Dept of Computer Science and Engineering, Dept of Electronic and Computer Engineering; Program Director of MPhil/PhD in Individualized Interdisciplinary Program

 

Prof Kira Matus, Associate Head and Associate Professor, Division of Public Policy; Associate Professor, Division of Environment and Sustainability, Division of Social Science

 

Prof Pedro Sander, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

 

 

In contrast to traditional lecturing, active learning is an approach which encourages students to take an active and engaged role in their learning process. In this session, speakers will share their experience in creating opportunities for students to achieve a deeper understanding of the subject. They will share their experience in implementing active/experiential learning approach in their courses and introduce small active learning strategies that can make your teaching more effective. Speakers will also share their perspectives and experience in teaching HKUST Guangzhou students.

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27 Jan 2021 (Wed)

 

UTL Session 1: How Learning Works

CEI facilitators

 

Any effective teaching must begin with a consideration of how students learn. When it comes to teaching, you could base your teaching approaches on personal experience, opinion, habit or your colleagues’ advice - but these approaches may not be ideal if your goal is to be an effective teacher. Understanding the science of learning can improve your teaching and help you address some common classroom challenges, such as why can’t students engage in my class? Why do students continue to apply the same ineffective learning strategies? What can I do to help students apply what they have learned? This session aims to introduce research-based learning theory coupled with practical tips to improve your teaching.

 

UTL Session 2: Course Design based on Outcome-Based Education

CEI facilitators

 

This module will explain course design based on an Outcome Based Education (OBE) approach, which emphasizes the importance of establishing clear learning outcomes, then design teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks that align with those intended learning outcomes. The session identifies the key components of an effective course design and help you applying OBE in your own context. Bring along a course outline that you would like to create the course intended learning outcomes for.

 

NFO Session 9: Zoom Polling

CEI facilitators

Use polling in online live lectures to gather instant responses from students, check the temperature of the class and get a feel for student understanding throughout your lesson.

  • Experience Single Answer, Multiple Selections and Multiple Questions within a poll
  • Creating Polls on the fly during the session
  • Creating Polls before the session
  • Using non-verbal YES/NO buttons as a poll
  • Downloading Poll results
  • Managing Polls as Host and Co-host
  • Other polling options

 

NFO Session 10: Zoom Breakout rooms

CEI facilitators

 

Use Zoom Breakout Rooms to facilitate group discussions during your live online class - giving students opportunities to articulate their understanding or apply new concepts learned through collaborative groupwork.

  • Explore audio, video and screen share controls inside a Breakout Room
  • How to set-up Breakout Rooms manual, random or pre-assign groups
  • Roles of Host vs Co-host during Breakout Room
  • Managing groups and Pedagogical Best Practices with Breakout Rooms

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28 Jan 2021 (Thu)

 

UTL Session 3: Learning Assessment and Feedback

CEI facilitators

 

The process of marking, grading and giving feedback is crucial: it is the most powerful lever teachers have to orient students' study efforts towards the most important things in the most appropriate ways. Students will pay most attention to what they think is being assessed – so, in this session we will look in more detail at the implications of key areas such as: setting assessment tasks; specifying outcome criteria; helping students self-review; and giving feedback.

 

UTL Session 4: Creating Rubrics for Assessment

CEI facilitators

 

A rubric is a grading guide that explicitly communicates the expectations for an assignment by listing a coherent set of criteria and clearly describing levels of performance quality for these criteria. Rubrics are often used for written assignments; project work; group/teamwork; peer evaluations; and oral presentations. This session will help you learn about what a rubric is and how to design an effective rubric for assessment tasks. Bring to the session an assignment or assessment for which you would like to create a rubric for.

 

NFO Session 11: Explore the Steps to Mixed Mode Teaching

CEI facilitators

 

Mixed Mode teaching is when a teacher is facilitating a live class of online students and in- class students at the same time, which can provide the flexibility to accommodate students overseas and follow safety precautions for faculty and students on campus. In this session, we would like to share how it can be adapted for your course. The session will cover:

  1. What is Mixed Mode and other flexible options
  2. Pedagogy with sample lesson plans
  3. Equipment and classroom set-up

 

NFO Session 12: Zoom Whiteboard

CEI facilitators

 

Use whiteboard alternatives in online live lectures for handwriting math equations, chemical reactions, etc. The module will cover:

  • Experience using the Whiteboard in Zoom
  • Use a webcam or a mobile phone with a mount as a visualizer (i.e. document camera) and handwrite formulae and equations on a piece of paper
  • Use a pen computing device (e.g. iPad Pro, MS Surface, Wacom Tablet) and digitally write formulae and equations on the device

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29 Jan 2021 (Fri)

 

UTL Session 5: Teaching for Student Engagement

CEI facilitators

 

Keeping students captivated and ready to learn is not an easy task. It required both careful planning and skillful facilitation. This module will introduce some handy and interactive student engagement techniques that can help you keeping students motivated, no matter in what class size.

 

UTL Session 6: Working with Students in Teams or Groups

CEI facilitators

 

Having students work in groups/ teams is effective in helping them to apply concepts, rather than simply  learn about them. Working with peers enables students to pool ideas, see problems from different perspectives and benefit from analyzing, discussing and exploring their own ideas and gain feedback from their peers. This module will look into how to facilitate student learning in (1) teams where they need to work together on a project for an extended period and (2) ad-hoc groups that are formed during class where they need to work cooperatively to accomplish some learning goals within a class session.

 

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