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Online CTLE Autumn Half-Day Faculty Development Workshop: Blended Learning Across Disciplines


Date: 16 September 2020

Time: 9:15 AM – 12:00 PM

To be held online Via Zoom

*Full participation will earn 3PD hours

In response to changing learning needs and suspension of face-to-face classes teachers are asked to make adaptations to their teaching and blended mode seems to be a way to go. In this half-day event, we will gather experts across regions and disciplines to share insights and experiences on blended teaching and learning. Speakers will also share the pedagogical strategies and designs well as student feedback of their blended courses.

Target participants: Members of Faculty Learning Community on Blended Learning and UM academic staff who are interested or intended to incorporate the blended mode into their teaching, particularly in the planning and production of micro-modules.

9:15 – 9:30 Opening Remarks by VRAA Prof. Michael King-Man HUI

9:30 – 10:30 Concurrent Presentations

Blended Learning Development and Trends by Prof. Irwin King, CUHK

Blended learning is a pedagogy that combines traditional classroom learning with online education resources and technology. In this presentation, I will share some recent developments and promising trends in blended learning. Furthermore, I plan to highlight two excellent examples by Prof. Sidharth Jaggi and Prof. Darwin Lau from CUHK’s Engineering Faculty on using different technologies for enhancing teaching and learning. Moreover, with the current pandemic situation, I intend to illustrate how blended learning not only supports the change of teaching and learning needs by reducing physical attendance, but also strengthens the interactions and efficiencies between teachers and students through technology in times of crisis.


Prof. King’s research interests include machine learning, social computing, AI, web intelligence, data mining, and multimedia information processing. In these research areas, he has over 300 technical publications in various top journals and conferences. He is President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS), IEEE Fellow, and ACM Distinguished Member. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Neural Networks and ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (ACM TKDD). Prof. King was the former Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering and is the current Chair and Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Recently, Prof. King has been an evangelist in the use of education technologies in eLearning for the betterment of teaching and learning through the creation of the Knowledge and Education Exchange Platform (KEEP).


Blended learning ABC: Approach, Benefits, Credibility by Prof. Julia Chen, PolyU

Blended learning has become an umbrella term with multiple definitions that encompass pedagogic approaches, technology-enhanced active learning, diverse instructional methods, and convergence across the curriculum. But what is a blended learning approach? What can be blended? How and why? And how do we know that blended works? With teaching and research examples from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, this keynote discusses the purposes of blended learning for the student, the teacher and the institution; some of the conceptualizations and designs of onsite-online mix to achieve desirable blends; and methods to evaluate blended learning and its impact on the learner.


Dr Julia Chen is Director of the Educational Development Centre and courtesy Associate Professor of the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is a two-time recipient of her university’s President Award for Excellent Performance, first in teaching and then in service. She was shortlisted by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee for the UGC Teaching Award and by QS Quacquarelli Symonds for the Reimagine Education Learning Assessment Award. Her research interests include curriculum review, English Across the Curriculum, and leveraging technology for advancing learning and teaching.


10:30 – 11:15 Panel Conversation

Facilitating Student Learning in-class and online: UM Evidence and Tips

Prof. Katrine WONG, DCTLE/FAH


Prof. Ruiyu XIE, FHS

Prof. Roberval Teixeira E SILVA, FAH

Talking points:

– comparing teaching online and in-class in a blended-learning mode, what was the biggest difference, if any, for your course?

– one learning activity that you find useful for your blended-learning pedagogy (either online or inside physical classroom)

– any tips for colleagues in their design of blended-learning pedagogy?


11:1512:00 Open Forum

Connecting Learners On and Off Campus


Prof. Katrine WONG, DCTLE

Prof. Rico LAM, Registrar

Mr. Antony SI TOU, ICTO

Mr. Vincent SOU, FMM

This session is designed to provide colleagues with an interactive platform to share observations and explore pedagogical designs feasible for this semester’s teaching and learning arrangement.




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