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TEL Series: Leveraging technology to innovate your course

TEA Scheme Workshop Series 2022 (Face to Face)

Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Series Abstract
Integrating technology in course design is a creative process that uses learning theories and frameworks, course planning, and content expertise to create a seamless learning experience. In this series, we have curated three new apps to help you facilitate and engage your students. You will have the opportunity to experience and try various apps and tools, discuss with colleagues the challenges and opportunities of these technologies, and be inspired by the different ways to integrate these technologies into your teaching. Join us in this interactive workshop series!

Session 1 - Creating non-linear stories using Twine to support case-based learning
Session  1 - Creating non-linear stories using Twine to support case-based learning

Date: 30 Nov 2022 (Wed)
Time : 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Venue : Rm 321, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus
Speaker: Donn Gonda, Instructional Designer, CETL

Storytelling can be a powerful tool to enhance students’ communication skills. These stories can help students to understand complex and abstract concepts by allowing them to immerse themselves and be part of it. Teachers can create interest-provoking and compelling cases and scenarios that will enable the students to reflect on their learning and perception to judge and act on the situation. However, creating automated non-linear cases can be challenging and time-consuming. In this workshop, we will use an open-source storytelling app called Twine to create these scenarios that can be customised to your context. We will work through a model example to let you experience and build your own non-linear story.

About the speaker

Donn Gonda
Donn Gonda is an Instructional Designer at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and a Lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong. He is a full-stack instructional designer with expertise in developing and evaluating higher education courses, implementing innovative technologies, and leveraging analytics and research to enhance teaching and learning. Donn is passionate about teaching and training instructional design skills to teachers and would-be instructional designers. He teaches courses on e-learning strategies and management, and digital storytelling. Donn also runs several professional development workshops and seminars on improving students’ overall learning experience through instructional design. He has led and collaborated on several e-learning projects, such as using adaptive learning, creating agile learning design, and designing a hybrid learning environment.
Session 2 - Experiencing Metaverse through Spatial
Session  2 - Experiencing Metaverse through Spatial

Date: 7 Dec 2022 (Wed)
Time : 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Venue : Rm 321, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus
Speaker: Aki Leung, Teaching Associate, Division of Integrative Systems and Design, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The metaverse, which covers the internet and extended reality, has been gaining popularity in recent years. Big tech companies like Meta and Microsoft are working on building technologies that can help us interact in these virtual spaces. As educators, how can we make use of the metaverse to extend our learning environment? And how can we integrate it into our teaching?

In this workshop, participants will:
• Experience metaverse first-hand through spatial
• Learn ways to incorporate metaverse in teaching and learning
• Explore the possible roles of how metaverse plays in tertiary education

About the speaker

Aki Leung
Aki Leung is an entrepreneurship educator. At DreamStarter and Grwth, she supports capacity building, product development and partnership development. At Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), she drives the entrepreneurship education movement through teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as building entrepreneurship programs with local and global partners.

Prior to her current role, she held managerial positions at social enterprises and non-profit organizations in Hong Kong and Los Angeles. She is experienced in strategic partnership development, community engagement and program development. Her work experience spans the fields of public health, civil empowerment and maker movement.

Session 3 - Using Perusall as a Platform to Engage Readers, Unite Students as an Active Learning community and Leverage their learning experience
Session  3 - Using Perusall as a Platform to Engage Readers, Unite Students as an Active Learning community and Leverage their learning experience

Date: 14 Dec 2022 (Wed)
Time : 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Venue : Rm 321, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus
Speaker: Nicole Tavares, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, HKU

At the workshop, Nicole will be sharing with participants how she makes pedagogic use of Perusall in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses she teaches at HKU and the impact this has had on student learning. Perusall is a free web-based social learning platform developed by physicist Eric Mazur from Harvard University to promote learner engagement as students read collaboratively and interact with one another on texts. Intrigued by the affordances of the platform allowing for multimodal texts to be uploaded for social annotations and discussions, Nicole has been experimenting with its use in facilitating a variety of synchronous and asynchronous learning tasks on her courses. These may come in the form of negotiation-of-course-expectations activities, collaborative lesson planning, peer feedback, textual and material analyses, discussion on assignment exemplars, video annotations and many others. Participants will be given the opportunity for some hands-on practice and will hear from students about how Perusall activities enrich their learning. Nicole is keen on exploring with colleagues in different disciplines across the University how Perusall functionalities could be creatively utilised to optimise learning outcomes. The workshop will also be relevant to educators and researchers who are interested in finding out how the platform could be used as an avenue to promote ‘Students as Partners’ (Healey et al., 2014) and ‘Community of Inquiry’ (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000) initiatives in teaching and learning.

About the speaker

Nicole Tavares
Nicole Tavares (FHEA) is Senior Lecturer in the academic unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership at the Faculty of Education. She specialises in English language teaching (ELT) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology, and teaches on the Faculty’s BA&BEd, PGDE, MEd and MA programmes. She is currently MA(TESOL) Programme Director and Coordinator of her Faculty’s English Language Proficiency Tests, a graduation requirement for all BA&BEd(LangEd) students.

Nicole has published in the areas of online teaching and learning, 21st century skills, using educational technologies in promoting teacher development and English learning, good ELT and CLIL practices, and Interactive Assessment.

Nicole has received multiple teaching awards, notably the HKU Teaching Innovation Award (2020), her Faculty’s Emergency Remote Teaching Award (2020), and HKU Outstanding Teaching Award (2015). She is keen on experimenting with innovative pedagogies and is acknowledged for her creative design of collaborative activities that maximise student voice. She enjoys professional dialogues with educators on how research informs practice and has initiated several professional development activities within her Faculty and beyond.