Good GE Teaching Practices

There are many roads to learning. People bring different talents and styles of learning to college…… Students need the opportunity to show their talents and learn in ways that work for them. Then they can be pushed to learn in new ways that do not come so easily.
Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson (1987)
Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln
Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just by sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write about it, relate it to past experiences and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.
Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson (1987)
What, of course, we want in a university is for people to learn the skills they’re going to need outside the classroom. So, having a system that had more emphasis on inquiry and exploration but also on learning and practising specific skills would fit much better with how we know people learn.
Alison Gopnik, American Psychologist
A service-learning and interdisciplinary approach
Dr. Wing-chung Fan, Dr. Fong-fong Chen and Dr. Yuen-han Law, Department of History, HKBU
    Statements
    Research Informed Teaching
    Prof. Kara Chan, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, HKBU
    COMS

    Advocating teaching-research nexus and research informed practice, Prof. Chan exposes students to local and international practices, and engages her students in learning through research in action in the IGE course. Extending student work as assignments, she has collated their work and sent to related offices/agencies as a means of transfer knowledge from academics to the community.

    Emphasizing Real-World Applications
    Dr. Mark Lau, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, HKBU
    MATH

    Dr. Lau thinks that it is important for students to relate the subject content with ways of working and doing around daily life. Students can be better engaged by activities when they can apply what they learn in their daily life or future careers. Mastering the underlying mathematical logic and phenomenon is also important. Although there is a gap of mathematical background between science and art students, students can appreciate the concepts better by using MATLAB to do some testing of formulas on computers. Students find it more fun and relevant to learn about the application of rather than building theoretical understanding in mathematics in GE course. Therefore, learning would be more effective if students are motivated by real-world applications that can raise their curiosity.

    Applying Knowledge to Daily Life
    Dr. Joshua Ko, Associate Professor, Teaching and Research Division, School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU
    CMTD

    Inspiring students with knowledge, Dr. Ko readily responses to student questions and encourages his students to take actions for optimum outcomes and taking opportunities to enrich themselves. In his teaching, he often uses local and international news and daily life examples which students may experience to provoke their interest. He encourages his students to relate learning with their university study and daily life.

    Advocating Interactive Activities
    Dr. Dominic Yeo, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, HKBU
    COMS

    From Gangnam-style dance to diffusion game, Dr. Yeo adopts an unconventional approach with a variety of learning activities to excite and engage his students. Class exercises, essays and group projects replace exams for the course to promote reflection and application of concepts learnt. Traditional chalk and talk lectures are kept to a minimum. In its place, he uses interactive discussions and hands-on workshops on crafting contiguous message and analysis of social networks on Facebook to get students continually involved with the subject.

    Developing Judicial Reasoning
    Mrs. Eliza Xue, Lecturer, Department of Accountancy and Law, HKBU
    ACLW

    Embracing authentic learning experience, Mrs. Xue ensures students to build critical reasoning through active discussion when they are challenged with significant and local cases in the course. Students may build judicial reasoning through active analysis of civil cases and how they are related to the principles learnt in the course. In addition, students can raise their awareness in judicial practice through identifying 2 to 3 observable cases in daily life on top of what they have read from newspaper.

    Promoting Participative Learning
    Dr. Simon To, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, HKBU
    MATH

    Dr. To highly encourages students to build capability to communicate well as they build on mathematical concepts. He uses a variety of methods to teach so as to arouse students' interest in learning. He has used iQlickers in some sessions, and used videos from YouTube and web simulators for students to test out mathematical concepts.

    Authentic & Virtual Learning
    Miss Susanna Chui, Department of Management, HKBU
    MGNT

    Advocating virtual and authentic experiential learning experience, Miss Chui provides different learning opportunities for students to grasp the concepts of Service Leadership. She knows that students cannot learn about leadership by reading text materials only. They have to use their hearts and hands to practice leadership. Through the 1-day outdoor leadership challenge, members learn how to support one another as they go through different challenges. This allows students to learn through first-hand experience what service leadership is all about.

    Technology-Mediated Learning
    Dr. Esther Mang, Associate Professor, Department of Music, HKBU
    MUS

    Embracing the use of technology in her teaching, Dr. Mang instils in students an interest in topics with integrated themes from science and music discipline through interactive activities in class. Students learn through watching video documentaries, web lectures from TED talks, and scholarly readings which are hosted on BU Moodle. To reflect on learning experiences, students continue discussion with thoughtful comments individually in the class blog. To extend classroom learning, students also participate in an international video contest to showcase their work. Embracing the use of technology in her teaching, Dr. Mang instils in students an interest in topics with integrated themes from science and music discipline through interactive activities in class. Students learn through watching video documentaries, web lectures from TED talks, and scholarly readings which are hosted on BU Moodle. To reflect on learning experiences, students continue discussion with thoughtful comments individually in the class blog. To extend classroom learning, students also participate in an international video contest to showcase their work.

    Promoting Personal Growth
    Dr. Cissy LI, Senior Lecturer, Language Centre, HKBU
    LC

    In her pedagogical practice, Dr. Li adopts a variety of teaching methods to cater for students' difference learning needs. More importantly it is about facilitating the attainment of students' larger goals, with their world vision and social responsibility; it is about building students' core values and character through the course.

    Raising Students Interest
    Dr. Judy IP, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physical Education, HKBU
    PE

    Dr. Ip encourages students to develop interest in the GE course but not emphasize too much on theories. Therefore, it is to "have fun" in principle with students master the skills. More importantly, they have an experience of, but not purse to be elite sport people. Students are also encouraged to participate in DanceSport Society and join dance competitions. Moreover, students are encouraged to continue the newly learnt skills after class such as doing fitness exercise.

    Building Confidence & Competence
    Mr. Lau Cheuk Yan, Lecturer, Department of Communication Studies, HKBU
    COMS

    Mr. Lau hopes that students can develop public speaking skills through fun activities around their interest and critical analysis which is conducive to the development of their judgment on current affairs or moral dilemmas. It is also important that they can communicate with confidence in a relaxed learning environment. Apart from what the students can achieve academically, the greatest reward for his teaching is the students' personal growth after a semester.

     

    With regard to the execution of the curriculum, he provides many opportunities for students to practice their public speaking skills in class. They include warm up exercises and mock presentations for individuals or groups.

     

    Mr. Lau also pays additional attention to students with noticeable learning difficulties. Technically, videos are commonly used in class. Students are given chances to critique renowned speeches in TED talks, like the speeches by Barack Obama, Stave Jobs and Malala Yousafzai.

     

    Mr. Lau believes that fluency, pronunciation and proper manner of delivery are on a par with grammar accuracy. To perform well in these evaluation areas, he thinks that a student has to possess considerable confidence. At the same time, however, he understands that not all students are confident speakers in the first place. Therefore, he is willing to devote extra time and effort to helping students build up positive self-image and thus a stronger belief in their abilities.

    Engendering "Caring" Services
    Dr. Kevin YUE, Associate Director/Associate Professor, Teaching and Research Division, School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU
    CMTD

    The course puts emphasis on giving students opportunities in understanding how service leaderships is realized in real-life situation and in professional service. Stakeholders of different sectors of health services in Hong Kong are invited to share their field experience in delivering quality service with competence, responsibility and care. Site-visits to private Chinese and Western medicine clincis are also arranged to show students firsthand on how to run a business with such qualities and credentials.

     

    Students from various disciplines apply and strenthen what they learnt from the course through case studies, scenario discussion as well as working in groups to develop feasibale health service business plans. As a whole, Dr. Yue wants to enhance the ethical awareness of students when they deliver high-quality and professional services in the future.

    Emphasis on "Efforts" than Performance
    Dr. Leung Ka Man, Lecturer, Department of Physical Education, HKBU
    PE

    It is important to encourage students to have interest in sports and Physical Education, therefore Miss Leung always starts up with different interesting warm-up games that are related to the sports. She often encourages students to participate in exercise and socialize with peers in the class. More importantly, she cares more about students' efforts in practice over capability in demostrating proficiency in sports competence, Of course, students with good sport performance are appreciated in class.

    Student-Oriented Learning
    Dr. Loretta Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of History, HKBU
    HIST

    To motivate students in large classes, Dr. Kim ensures that the course is designed for student-oriented learning. She highly encourage studenst' active participation and having them take communal responsibility in the learning process. In additino, she pays high attention to the needs of individuals. When students are asked to identify topics for their group projects, she provides formative feedback to all individuals in tutorial performance weekly in order to keep students updated with their progress.

    Building Critical Evaluation
    Dr. KWOK Wai Luen, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy, HKBU
    REL

    Creating the curiosity in learning, students are challenged to their unknown territory through critical evaluation on the assumptions and cultural beliefs. Students are strongly encouraged to take responsibility and participate in the learning process, i.e. express their feelings and opinions without being judged and are insightfully inspired to exercise their critical reflection. Dr. Kwok