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Integrating Improvisation, Design Thinking, and Generative AI in Teaching and Learning

October 25, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm HKT


Session 1 Session 2
Date 25 October 2023 (Wednesday) 1 November 2023 (Wednesday)
Time 9:30am – 12:30pm 9:30am – 12:30pm
Venue Learning Lab, RRS321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus, HKU Learning Lab, RRS321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building, Main Campus, HKU


  • Dr. Jack Tsao, Associate Director and Senior Lecturer, Common Core, HKU
  • Ms. Tanya Kempston (Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK), PGDE Programme Director and Senior Lecturer, Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership, Faculty of Education, HKU


These two workshops will focus on the practical application of improvisation and design thinking in teaching to enhance students’ critical thinking and imaginative capacities. The workshop will discuss practical strategies to guide students across deeper and more expansive levels of inquiry, adopt a mindset for experimentation, connect across disciplinary domains of knowledge, and encourage equitable participation in the classroom. We also delve into the possibilities presented by educational technologies and Generative AI in this endeavour. Join us in exploring these innovative methodologies and discover novel ways to enrich your teaching practice.

Number of seats for participants

Up to 30 teachers per session (Enrolment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.)

Biography of the Teachers

Dr. Jack Tsao
Dr. Jack Tsao serves as the Associate Director and Senior Lecturer at the Common Core. Before this role, he taught Common Core courses at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Psychiatry within the Faculty of Medicine. With a wealth of experience in social impact, experiential learning, and project-based initiatives, Jack focuses on promoting transdisciplinarity and preparing students for their future careers. He is passionate about incorporating innovative teaching methods like gaming, storytelling, and digital and artificial intelligence technologies. As a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Advance, Jack is committed to supporting the professional growth of educators and tutors. In recognition of his contributions, he received the HKU Outstanding Teaching Awards (Team) as a Team Member in 2022 for the Communication-intensive Courses Initiative. Jack earned his PhD in Education from the University of Queensland, specializing in comparative and international education, youth aspirations, and the sociology of education through an interdisciplinary perspective.

In addition to his academic career, Jack has held various leadership roles in organisational learning and development, commercial banking, and entrepreneurship. As a leadership and communications consultant at a global consulting firm, he trained and coached executives and professionals from multinational corporations spanning diverse sectors, including banking, finance, education, healthcare, construction, FMCG, and government organizations.

Ms. Tanya Kempston
Tanya is a Senior Lecturer, TELL Unit, Faculty of Education and Programme Director of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in her faculty. She is a recipient of the University Innovation Award (2021) and University Outstanding Teacher Award (2018), as well as the Faculty of Education Emergency Remote Teaching Award (2020) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2017). Originally from Northern Ireland, whilst in Hong Kong she has worked as a secondary school teacher in a government school and Curriculum Development Officer for EDB. She joined the University of Hong Kong in 2009. Her teaching and research interests centre on second language learning and drama-in-education.


October 25, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm HKT
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