Natalie Wong, University of Macau, Macau
Vivian Jiang, University of Macau, Macau
University of Macau (UM) Henry Fok Pearl Jubilee College (HFPJC) has cultivated an experiential learning environment to enhance students’ active and creative learning in a residential college context. UM’s residential college setting provides a living-learning environment in which students are provided with ample of opportunities to take part in activities that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of university education. With a non-credit bearing nature and the mixed academic backgrounds of students, college activities are entirely voluntary. This demonstrates the challenge of striking a good balance between students’ personal interests and learning. Students in HFPJC are encouraged to engage with meaningful college activities, identify problems or issues in their everyday life, and more importantly, generate creative ideas/solutions to the problems/issues identified. It is a learning environment that conjures up creative projects, sustainable services, and playful experimentation through which students are benefited from the continuous efforts and outcomes of a network of college activities. This welcome talk will introduce how creative experiential learning is achieved in HFPJC in reference to the experience during the academic year 2015-16.