New Faculty Orientation, Fall 2017

Monday, 14 August, 2017 - 09:30 to Friday, 18 August, 2017 - 14:00

New Faculty Orientation: Teaching and Learning at HKUST, Fall 2017

The New Faculty Orientation: Teaching and Learning at HKUST is a teaching and learning introductory program for all teaching staff who are either newly on-board or are within one-year of service at HKUST. The program is specifically designed to take account of some key aspects of teaching and learning in the context of HKUST.

Participants will be able to gain knowledge of the strategic importance teaching and learning initiatives at HKUST; demographic and culture of the student body; undergraduate curriculum and the role and nature of academic advising; common core curriculum; postgraduate programs and strategy of supervising research students; and roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants. Distinguish teaching award winner and early career faculty will share their teaching practice and give advice on how to make learning happen. Staff will also find out from the Center for Education Innovation, Information Technology and Services Center, and Library on resources that can support their teaching and research.

Please contact Miss Vivian Chan at 2358 6803 or


  14 August 15 August 18 August
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
09:30 – 11:00 Session 1

Overview of Teaching and Learning and the 4-year Curriculum

Session 4

Sharing from HKUST Professors

11:00 – 11:20 Tea Break  
11:20 – 12:30 Session 2

Knowing Our Students

Session 5

Getting Feedback on Your Teaching

12:30 – 14:00 Get-together-Lunch

Session 7

Canvas Basic

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3

Library Support for Teaching and Research

Session 6

ITSC Support and PRS for Teaching

*This session will be held in LT K


Day 1

Session 1: Overview of Teaching and Learning and the 4-year Curriculum
Speakers: Prof. Roger Cheng, Associate Provost (Teaching and Learning)
               Prof. Chih-Chen Chang, Director (Center for Education Innovation), Academic Director (Undergraduate Core

This session intends to provide you with a better understanding of all the specific issues related to teaching and learning at HKUST. During the session, you can hear from the Associate Provost of Teaching and Learning in areas that are of important to you as a new academia, these include an overview of the 4-year UG curriculum; pedagogical approaches; teaching practice performance indicators, and strategic teaching and learning initiatives at HKUST. As the Common Core Program is a key part of the undergraduate educational experience, complementing studies in specialist disciplines and other learning opportunities, the Academic Director of Undergraduate Core Education will also present in this session to give you an overview of the common core curriculum and the development process of common core course.

Session 2: Knowing our Students
Speaker: Dr. Beatrice Chu, Educational Developer, Center for Education Innovation

This session intends to let us learn about you, such as your background and previous teaching experience, and let you to get to know about the UG students at HKUST. Some of the UG students’ characteristics including demographics, background and study habits will be introduced. Diversity of HKUST’s student body and teaching for diversity will also be touched upon.

Session 3: Library Support for Teaching and Research
Speaker: Librarian

Subject librarians will introduce new faculty to the Library's major resources and services that support their teaching and research, such as databases, e-journals, e-books, Interlibrary Loan, Course Reserve, Library Instruction Classes for course assignment/project, Research Consultation and Institutional Repository.

Day 2

Session 4: Sharing from HKUST Professors
Speakers: Prof Garvin Percy Dias, Associate Professor of Business Education (Dept of Info Sys, Busi Stats and
                 Op Mgmt), Michael Gale for Distinguish Teaching Award Winner 2016
               Dr Jason Chan, Lecturer (Dept of Chemistry), The Common Core Teaching Excellence Award Recipient 2016

In this session, you can learn from the teaching awards winners on their sharing of practices that can enhance their teaching, as well as a round table discussion with them on aspect that bring about good teaching at UST.

Session 5: Getting Feedback on Your Teaching
Speaker: Nick Noakes, Associate Director, Center for Education Innovation

Gathering feedback from students about your teaching can be useful in helping you to develop and refine your teaching. This session will provide a number of different ways that you can obtain feedback on your teaching both during a course and at the end of a semester.

Session 6: ITSC Support and PRS for Teaching
Speaker: ITSC colleague

The Information Technology Service Center (ITSC) will introduce all major IT and AV facilities available in the teaching venues at UST. This session will also walk you through the set-up of Personal Response System (PRS) and how clickers can be used to facilitate your classroom teaching.

Day 3

Session 7: Canvas Basics
Speakers: Mr Rambo Lai  & Miss May Tse, Education Development Officer, Center for Education Innovation

Canvas is a comprehensive and user friendly Learning Management System adopted by the University in 2014 to support its changing learning and teaching needs. In this hands-on session, we will guide you through key basic features in Canvas such as creating and managing course content, communicating with students, monitoring learning progress, and grading students’ work.