General Education for the 21st Century: Roles, Challenges and Successes

17 March 2009 (Tuesday) 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Room 905, 9/F, Sir Run Run Shaw Building, Ho Sin Hang Campus, HKBU



In this hands-on workshop faculty will work on defining the purposes, challenges, andpathways for designing general education courses that meet students’ educational andlife-long learning needs. General education is an important and necessary component ofevery student’s university experience. General education courses are not general but centralto the development of critical skills and learning approaches that all students will need asthey venture forth into the “real” world. This workshop will focus on helping faculty todefine the roles that GE plays in the HKBU University’s curriculum and in defining what a21st century GE course might be in their discipline area. Faculty will leave the workshopwith a better understanding of GE, what a GE course might look like in their discipline andideas for designing new GE courses.

This workshop is organized for the Faculty of Science and the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU.


Speakers Biography

Dr. Spencer A. Benson
Visiting Fulbright Scholar
The University of Hong Kong

Dr. Spencer A. Benson, is Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Biology andMolecular Genetics in the College of Chemical and Life Sciences in the UniversityMaryland – College Park. He is also the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at theUniversity. His doctorate in 1978 is from the University of Chicago and his BA in 1973 isfrom the University of Vermont. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar hosted by theUniversity of Hong Kong and collaborates with colleagues in the Science Faculty on theirnew core course in science literacy.