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Transforming Culture and Fostering Excellence in Teaching


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:
Date : 14 Dec 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Prof. Chng Huang Hoon, Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), National University of Singapore
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

In its relatively short 112-year history, the National University of Singapore has experienced dramatic growth. It started life as a medical school with just 23 students in 1905 – today in 2017, it is a large comprehensive university with 3 campuses hosting close to 38,000 students and 6,000 faculty and research staff. Perhaps the steepest change in more recent memory from the point of view of a faculty member is the change to a research-intensive university within a 15-year period. If the years beginning from about 2000 was to transform NUS into an institution with research impact, the years from around 2008 onwards can be considered to be the time when NUS began to focus more actively on fostering an excellent, scholarly culture in teaching.

In this session, I wish to reflect on how my institution attempts to bring about specific shifts in its teaching culture. I will illustrate with particular initiatives (e.g. the establishment of the NUS Teaching Academy in 2009, the reformed Educator Track policy in 2015, and the on-going critical reviews of established practices) that have been put in place to lay the foundation for a culture of (teaching) excellence; and in the process, transform the institutional mindset as a whole.

About the Speaker

Prof. Chng Huang Hoon is Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) of National University of Singapore. She is currently deeply involved in helping to transform the teaching and learning culture in NUS through SoTL. She serves on the advisory boards of the Taylor Institute (University of Calgary) and on both Teaching Learning Inquiry (TLI-The ISSOTL Journal) and the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP). She also serves on the editorial boards of both the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) and the Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (AJSoTL). She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of ISSOTL, as Regional Vice President (Asia Pacific).

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​