GE Retreat: Assessment without Tears

GE Retreat

GE Retreat AY2014-15 S2: Assessment without Tears

Assessment draws most attention and concern by learners. They may regurgitate facts on the day but forget them after tests and examinations. To inspire them for learning, educators can create a culture for making inquiry and building learners’ capability to discover as we aspire to advocate creativity-inspiring education in HKBU.

This retreat will invite you to reflect on current assessment practices and consider designing formative and summative assessments that may engage learners and instil curiosity. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to exchange and excel together!

Rundown of the Retreat

9:30 AM Breakfast
10:00 Featured Presentation:
Authentic Assessment: Challenges, Successes, and Lesson’s Learned

  • Prof. Spencer A. Benson
    Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, and
    Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau
11:00 Group Discussion
11:30 Tea break
11:45 Sharing by colleagues on the use of different kinds of assessment methods
  • Mrs. Eliza Xue (ACLW)
    “Cracking the code: Matching student diversity in assessment”
  • Prof. Michel A. Van Hove (PHYS)
    “Connecting the SMALL data to BIG picture through formative assessment”
12:15 PM Group Discussion
12:45 Lunch

Biographical Sketch of Featured Speaker:

Prof. Spencer A. Benson Prof. Spencer Benson
Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, and,
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macau SAR, PRC.

In 2008-09 he was a Fulbright Fellow to Hong Kong working on the 3-3-4 reform and General Education. Before joining the University of Macau in 2013 he directed the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland, MD, US. He is currently chair of the International Education Committee for the American Society for Microbiology. His research interests include: the development of pedagogies for teaching science for all students, assessment of student learning, secondary science education and the use of technologies for learner-centered 21st century education. Prof. Benson has organized local, national and international meetings on science education, E-learning, scholarship in teaching and learning (SoTL) and faculty development. He has published more than 50 articles on teaching and learning and has given talks and workshops on teaching and learning in more than a dozen countries around the world.

28th Apr 2015 (Tue)

9:30am – 12:45pm

Mr. and Mrs. Lau Chor Tak
Multi-Purpose Hall

2/F, Madam Kwok Chung Bo Fun Sports & Cultural Centre (SCC), Shaw Campus, HKBU

All GE course teachers are welcome!



For enquiries, please contact Miss Alice Wong at or 3411 2013.