Teaching and Learning
Teaching and Learning Initiatives
The Learning and Teaching Development Programme (LTDP)
Introduced in 2014, this is a mandatory programme for new faculty with fewer than three years’ experience in university teaching and research postgraduate students with teaching responsibility. It is also available to more experienced faculty who wish to enhance their existing teaching skills. The programme comprises seven modules involving two hours of face to face teaching followed by three weeks of Moodle interaction in order to create a learning community. Successful completion requires a micro-teaching session and the completion of a teaching portfolio.
The Online Course Teaching and Learning Enhancement System
The system enables faculty to gauge students’ perceptions of the courses they are teaching, either at mid-course, or at the end of the course, or both, as a supplement to the current paper-based system. It also allows faculty to utilise questions from the current paper-based Course Teaching and Learning Evaluation System instrument, add their own questions and analyse the results.
The Peer Observation Scheme
Developed in 2013 and selectively employed by faculty members, peer observation is a voluntary agreement between two or more colleagues to observe each other’s teaching so as to share teaching skills and bring about mutual enhancement of teaching. In this sense, it is a community of good practice. The scheme uses a structured feedback instrument developed by the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC).
The Student Peer Learning Facilitation Scheme
Starting 2014, the TLC recruits top academic student leaders from various student associations and departments and teaches them how to use their knowledge as effective peer learning facilitators. The peer learning facilitation scheme is coordinated by students, with students and for students, and offers subject-specific tutoring.
The Student Consultant Programme
Piloted in 2014 and now fully operational, this programme is designed to enhance teaching and learning through the creation of faculty-student partnerships in the form of pedagogical “student consultants”. By means of regular classroom observations, consultations, dialogues, discussions and critical reflections, student consultants, trained in-house, provide faculty across disciplines with feedback.
The Early Alert System
In 2012, the TLC introduced an Early Alert System, which is a fully automated system enabling faculty to alert the university about students who appear to be having problems with their studies. The system became mandatory in Term 2, 2014-15. In the seventh week of study, the TLC reminds relevant departmental secretaries to advise faculty to either utilise the system or report that they have no students with problem.
The Faculty Mentoring Scheme
Introduced in 2014, this faculty mentoring scheme is primarily designed to provide new faculty (fewer than three years of university teaching experience) with quality guidance from recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award.