18-20 October, 2016

Dr. Cecilia Chan


Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching an
The University of Hong Kong


2:00 PM Measuring the un-measurable - assessing generic competencies through an evidence-based pedagogical driven online system

As the world moves towards knowledge-based economies, increased emphasis is being placed on graduates’ acquisition of generic competency along their disciplinary knowledge. In this presentation, a framework for the development of generic competencies based on the concept of “avoider” and “engager” on student approaches to learning in oppose to the well-known deep and surface approaches (Prosser & Trigwell, 1999; Lizzio, Wilson, & Simons, 2002) will be discussed.

We will also discuss how these skills can be assessed (if it should be assessed at all) and how can students document these learning outcomes as part of their learning process through a pedagogical driven online system.

1:00 PM To assess or Not to Assess – Student’s Generic Competencies

As the world moves towards knowledge-based economies, increased emphasis is being placed on graduates’ acquisition of generic competency along their disciplinary knowledge. However, assessing these competencies are challenging on online education. This challenge has become topical around the world when discussing the development of quality online learning courses.

In this workshop, we will discuss how generic competencies can be assessed (if it should be assessed at all) and how can students document these learning outcomes as part of their learning process?We will work on practical examples and demonstrate how some of the generic competencies can be assessed based on previous studies and actual implementation in Hong Kong and elsewhere around the world.

Having the concrete framework of assessing these competencies will nurture the holistic development of online learning courses.


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Cecilia.

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