On 3 February, CTLE held ahalf-day faculty development workshop, attended by about 45 academic staff from the campus.
Prof. Michael King-Man Hui, VRAA, gave the opening remarks. He spoke about a new blended learning initiative. (Watch Video)
Dr. Preman Rajalingam, head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division (TLPD) from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, spoke about his experience of team-based learning (TBL) at the medicine school in NTU. Main steps for TBL include: (1) Preparation, (2) Individual Readiness Assurance, (3) Team Readiness Assurance, (4) Burning Questions, (5) Application Exercise, (6) Discussion & Conclusion. He added that within TBL, specific team-centric learning spaces, integrated digital learning ecosystem and team teaching could arouse student motivation and engagement. He also shared some research on mechanism underpinning success factors of TBL. (Watch Video)(Download Slides)
Prof. Katrine Wong, director of CTLE, then gave a session on aligning assessments with intended learning outcomes (ILOs). She began by introducing the significance of ILOs and used her course as an example to illustrate the lower/high order thinking skills. She emphasized that assessments, ILOs and instructional strategies need to be aligned for optimal results. She shared information on different learning activities and assessments.
In the session on Engaging Activities and Assessments with UMMoodle, Prof. Sophia Deng from FSS shared practical advice, drawing on evidence from cognitive psychology, on how to use quizzes in UMMoodle in ways that enhance learning.
Next, Mr. John Chan from ICTO highlighted a site where instructors can get technical support, i.e., the ICTO Knowledge Base, a searchable database with information on how to set up activities in UMMoodle. Also, the virtual computer roomservice at UM was introduced. The third presenter, Chris Fulton, discussed engaging and effective activities, and then showed how to create a poll or surveyin UMMoodle.