PDEV 6800

PDEV 6800

What is PDEV 6800?

PDEV 6800 - Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a graduation required course to enhance research postgraduates’ teaching effectiveness and professionalism. At HKUST, we consider education in teaching and learning an integral part of postgraduate studies. As such, all full-time research postgraduate students (RPgs) will be trained about teaching techniques and take up teaching-related tasks as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) under the supervision of the faculty in the department during the course of study. There are two parts of this course, represented by PDEV 6800Z for Part 1, and PDEV 6800A-J for Part 2. GTAs must complete PDEV 6800Z (Part 1) before they can proceed to PDEV 6800A-J (Part 2).

PDEV 6800Z (Part 1) is organized by CEI. It comprises five modules which are designed to train GTAs with the necessary theoretical knowledge with practical opportunities for application. The highly hands-on activities and interactive teaching approach adopted throughout the course can build up their knowledge, skills and confidence in taking up teaching duties.

PDEV 6800A-J (Part 2) is managed by students’ home department. Students are required to perform instructional delivery assigned by their respective departments to complete this course. MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms.

Objectives of the Course

The course aims to:

  • introduce basic principles that underlie effective learning, teaching, assessment and feedback in higher education;
  • familiarize RPgs with teaching and presentation skills to facilitate learning effectively in tutorials and laboratory classes;
  • equip RPgs with the skills to structure and manage the tutorial that incorporate active learning activities;
  • provide RPgs with methods to give constructive and actionable feedback to their students; and
  • enhance the professional development of RPgs to prepare them for lifelong career development.

Enquiries

If you have any questions related to the GTA program and PDEV 6800Z, please submit your question via this enquiry form. Enter the form and select 'General Enquiry'.

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Module 1: Active Learning in Learner-Centered Classroom

This module focuses on the use of active learning strategies to engage students in both online and face-to-face environment. By the end of the module, students will be able to 1) describe the underlying principles of teaching in a student-centered and outcome-based environment, 2) identify a list of interactive techniques effective to create an active learning environment, and 3) develop a feasible lesson plan to engage students in a class.

Module 2: Effective Presentation and Facilitation Skills

This module focuses on effective in-class presentation skills and facilitation strategies. By the end of this module, students will be able to 1) develop effective presentations for teaching with confidence, 2) explain abstract concepts with clarity, and 3) facilitate in-class discussions and activities to engage students in learning.

Module 3: Constructive and Actionable Feedback

This module focuses on the functions and types of assessment in the development of students’ learning and discusses what kind of feedback is constructive so that it allows students to act upon and make further improvement. By the end of the module, students will be able to 1) describe the underlying principles of assessment and guidelines for effective feedback, 2) identify the marking criteria for different types of assessment, 3) give constructive feedback that students can act on, and 4) practice the skills needed to facilitate effective feedback.

Module 4: Canvas Basics

This module focuses on the key features of Canvas, the Learning Management System adopted in HKUST, by introducing the essential tips and notes about the workflow of Canvas. By the end of the module, students will be able to 1) handle the basic features; 2) create and manage the course content; 3) set-up the assessment tasks; 4) communicate with students, and 5) monitor students' learning progress within a Canvas course site.

Module 5: Micro-Teaching

This module is a consolidation of all the teaching and earning principles and skills acquired in the previous four modules. Students are to submit a detailed lesson plan with interactive learning components and apply teaching and facilitation skills in a teaching demonstration of about 10-15 minutes in groups. The performance will be assessed and contributed to the pass-fail result.

The course is designed to strengthen students’ competence in teaching. It comprises 2 parts:

To fulfil the course requirements for PDEV 6800Z (Part 1), students will need to obtain a pass all of the below three assessment criteria:

Criteria

Requirement

Attendance

Attend all five modules required by the course.

Online Activities

Receive a mark of at least 60% from all graded activities in the Canvas course.

Micro-teaching

Demonstrate an active learning strategy and engage learners in the 10 to 15 minutes micro-teaching session. Receive at least 40% from the instructor and peer evaluation.

In PDEV 6800A-J (Part 2), students are required to perform instructional delivery assigned by their respective departments to complete this course. MPhil students are required to give at least one 30-minute session of instructional delivery in front of a group of students for one term. PhD students are required to give at least one such session each in two different terms.

More information about the course and assessment requirements can be found in the Canvas course site.

GTAs can contact the Postgraduate Co-ordinators (PGCs) or Teaching Assistant Co-ordinators (TACs) for departmental issues.

Attendance to all five modules is a compulsory requirement of PDEV 6800Z. Students will be pre-enrolled to one of the six sessions of PDEV 6800Z at their first semester of RPg studies. Since much of the coursework is team based, students should make sure to attend ONLY their enrolled session. And attendance will NOT be counted if students attend sessions that they are not enrolled.

The classroom venue will be announced on Canvas.

Session PDEV 6800Z Modules Date
Every Tuesday starting 28 September
T1:@10:00 am – 11:50 am;
T2:@2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
T1 & T2 M1 - Active Learning in Learner-Centered Classroom 28 September
M2 - Effective Presentation and Facilitation Skills 5 October
M3 - Constructive and Actionable Feedback 12 October
M4 - Canvas Basics 19 October
M5-1 - Micro Teaching (1) 2 November
M5-2 - Micro Teaching (2) 9 November
Every Wednesday starting 29 September
T3:@10:00 am – 11:50 am;
T4:@ 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
T3 & T4 M1 - Active Learning in Learner-Centered Classroom 29 September
M2 - Effective Presentation and Facilitation Skills 6 October
M3 - Constructive and Actionable Feedback 13 October
M4 - Canvas Basics 20 October
M5-1 - Micro Teaching (1) 3 November
M5-2 - Micro Teaching (2) 10 November
Every Thursday starting 30 September
T5:@10:00 am – 11:50am;
T6:@2:30 pm – 4:20 pm
T5 & T6 M1 - Active Learning in Learner-Centered Classroom 30 September
M2 - Effective Presentation and Facilitation Skills 7 October
M3 - Constructive and Actionable Feedback 21 October
M4 - Canvas Basics 28 October
M5-1 - Micro Teaching (1) 11 November
M5-2 - Micro Teaching (2) 18 November

Do I need to enrol in PDEV 6800?

Students will automatically be pre-enrolled by the system to one of the six sessions of PDEV 6800Z (Part 1) at their first semester of RPg studies. After passing Part 1, students will be pre-enrolled to PDEV 6800A to J for Part 2 at their second semester of studies. The suffix of Part Two (A to J) depends on your school/dept./division.

If PDEV 6800Z does not appear on your course registration, please contact CEI (taprog@ust.hk).

Can I swap to another session?

Students may swap their sessions during the university’s add/drop period (please visit ARO website for class enrolment dates). If the session you wish to swap in is full, then you will be put on the waitlist. If the session remains full and the swap is unsuccessful, you will remain in your original session.

Therefore, you are suggested to check your enrolled session and confirmed class schedule once again after the add/drop period.

Newly admitted RPgs who meet the following exemption criteria can apply for course exemption. An exemption application needs to be submitted to CEI for approval. RPgs granted with course exemption are exempted only from the first part of course requirements, which means they do not need to attend the five modules and pass the three assessment criteria. However, they will still need to take part in the second part of the course to perform teaching assignments subject to the discretion of the department.

Who is eligible to apply for exemption?

Graduates of GTA Training Program (offered by CEI)
A full-time RPg may be granted exemption from the first part of PDEV 6800 (a.k.a. PDEV 6800Z in 2021 cohort and onwards) if any of the following exemption criteria is met:

  1. The applicant completed the GTA Training Program provided by CEI (or previously known as CELT) no earlier than six years before the date of program admission at HKUST; or
  2. The applicant completed the GTA Training Program provided by CEI (or previously known as CELT) more than six years ago, but with a minimum of three years of teaching / instructional experience, or equivalent, in higher education after graduation.

Non-Graduates of GTA Training Program
Exemption applications of full-time RPgs who have not received the GTA Training Program provided by CEI will only be considered if any of the following criteria is met. Approval is subject to the decision made by CEI.

  1. The applicant completed a teaching-related training program / course of similar content and number of hours offered by other higher education institutions no earlier than three years before the date of program admission at HKUST; or
  2. The applicant has a minimum of three years of relevant full-time teaching / instructional experience, or equivalent, in the higher education setting.

Notes: For students who have completed the first part of PDEV 6800 in 2019 fall and onwards, they are not required to take PDEV 6800Z and no need to apply for exemption. Students can contact CEI via general enquiry for assistance.

How to apply for exemption?

Full-time RPgs who are eligible to apply for exemption can submit an exemption form by following the steps below.

Step 1: Access the link and select Exemption Application to proceed.

Step 2: Submit the online application with the supporting documents that you find important to aid the approval process. Applicants may refer to the following for some suggested documents.

For Graduates of the GTA Training Program (provided by CEI / CELT)

  • a copy of Certificate of Achievement issued by CEI / CELT as proof of program completion, and/or
  • official documents of employment as proof of teaching / instructional experience (if applicable).

For Non-Graduates of the GTA Training Program

  • a copy of an official academic transcript and/or certificate issued by the teaching-related training program, with the full description of the program curriculum, and/or
  • official documents of employment as proof of teaching / instructional experience (if applicable).

Step 3: Wait for the confirmation of approval

The applicant will receive the result through email from CEI. The exemption process should take around two weeks if all the required documents are received.
It is suggested that the applicant should attend the modules before exemption is approved. CEI reserves all the right to make the final decision.