General Education Course Review / Designing and Implementing Interdisciplinary GE Courses

2 October 2009 (Friday) 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Venue: DLB 702, 7/F, David C Lam Building, Shaw Campus


This presentation deals with two separate but not unrelated subjects:

  1. review and assessment of GE course proposals; and
  2. recommendations for designing and implementinginterdisciplinary courses.

Topics to be addressed include achieving consistent standards forevaluating GE course proposals, maintaining disciplinary rigor within GE courses that stillhave broad appeal to students outside the discipline, pedagogical approaches ininterdisciplinary courses, and strategies and challenges related to team-teaching.

Speakers Biography

Dr. Spencer A. Benson is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the Universityof Maryland where he oversees more than thirty programs directed at enhancing teaching andstudent learning. He spent the 2008-09 academic year as a visiting Fulbright Scholar at HongKong University where he worked with faculty groups at HKU and other universities in HongKong and Macau on General Education and OBSAL as part of the Hong Kong GeneralEducation Initiative. His research interests include the development of pedagogies forteaching science for all students and the assessment of student learning and secondary scienceeducation. Dr. Benson has organized local, national and international meetings on scienceeducation, scholarship in teaching and learning (SoTL) and faculty development. He has donemore than 100 workshops on teaching, learning, course development and assessment nationallyand internationally in the US, Middle East and Asia and published numerous articles onscience education, pedagogy, and professional development of graduate students and faculty.

Dr. David Campion