18-20 October, 2016

Dr. Cecilia Chan

Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching an
The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Cecilia Chan is the Head of Professional Development and an Associate Professor in the Centre of the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Cecilia has a dual cultural background; she was originally born in Hong Kong but grew up in Ireland. In addition to her dual cultural background, she also has a dual discipline expertise in engineering and education; she has been playing an important role in enhancing engineering, business and science education. Her combined expertise in these fields and multi-cultural experience enabled her to lead and conduct research on topics such as assessment, technology enhanced learning and the development and assessment of 21st century skills from east to west in the different disciplines.
Cecilia’s reputation has gained her many keynote invitations to countries such as Korea, Estonia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, China and Taiwan. Her goals are to promote science, engineering technology and mathematics education in both secondary and higher education and help these students to develop generic skills, especially life and social skills. Cecilia holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She also held a Fellowship from King’s College London. She has received many teaching awards and has over 15 years of effective practical experience in engaging students. Cecilia is also the recipient of the HKU outstanding young researcher


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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