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Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The course is a requirement for all new research postgraduate students to undertake teaching or assessment duties for their departments. The course aims to initiate participants into the principles of learning, teaching, assessment and feedback in a university context as well as to model ways of how teaching can be improved. It explores how to actively engage learners in small group settings and discusses teaching and learning activities typical of tutorials and/or lab-based teaching. Participants will first learn practical teaching strategies, such as structuring and managing the tutorial, designing high impact tutorial activities and techniques for actively engaging a diverse range of students. The course will subsequently show them how to plan improvements of their teaching. Participants will also learn about assessment. With constructive and actionable feedback from teacher and peers, participants will identify what went well and what needs improvement in their initial teaching practice. Teaching demonstration in the final part of the course provides opportunity for participants to demonstrate improvement in teaching.

Subsequent to successful completion of the course, research postgraduate students with 25 hours of teaching at the university level are eligible to apply for HKU Advance HE Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).

University Teaching (MOOC)

University Teaching is an introductory MOOC on teaching and learning in tertiary education, designed by staff at CETL and offered through Coursera. This course aims to help participants understand what research evidence tells us about excellent university teaching and effective instructional design. Throughout the course, you will hear experienced teachers, scholars in pedagogy and students share their views and experiences of university teaching, and you will witness many examples of good teaching in practice.

Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU

This is a required programme for all new academic and academic-related staff. The program addresses issues that are specific to teaching and learning in HK, and HKU. Participants will hear from leading academics on current issues and have an opportunity to reflect on those issues in light of their roles. The Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU should be taken within the first year of service and there are no exemptions. This one-day programme is followed by a three-day programme ‘Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’.

Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The aim of the Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PCTLHE) is to engage incoming staff in the principles and concepts of scholarly, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. Participants will engage in interactive activities that will enable them to take a reflective and evidence-based approach to enhancing their own teaching practices. There is an institutional expectation that all new appointees to positions of Assistant Professor and below complete the PCTLHE during their first year of service at the University. Appointees to positions of Associate Professor and full Professor are encouraged to participate in the PCTLHE, too.