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Mar
2
Sat
2019
Innovation and challenges: Learning-oriented assessment practices – led by Assessment for Learning Community @ LE2, Library Extension Building, LG1/F, The University of Hong Kong
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Assessment for learning (AfL) in general refers to “learning”, rather than “measurement”, as the core value of assessment. Research has focussed on a wide array of perspectives: from (re)formulating philosophical underpinnings of assessment, comparing students’ expectations of feedback areas, to more localised analysis of teachers’ production of and students’ reception of “feedback”, as well as exploring practical classroom activities or lesson scaffolding for different methods of assessment.

In this colloquium led by the Assessment for Learning Community of HKCPD Hub, participants will focus on enhancing learning-oriented assessment practices by revisiting principles of teacher-student feedback processes and design of assessment tasks. Instead of positioning “students” as passive recipients of teachers’ feedback, the colloquium sees “STUDENTS” as active agents in the assessment process. The following questions underpin the colloquium:

  • How do students perceive teachers’ feedback?
  • How can teachers make use of this understanding of students’ perceptions or assumptions to optimise learning in assessment?
  • Can/should “feedback literacy” be taught explicitly?
  • Are there curricular designs, teaching strategies, classroom ideas that foster students’ autonomy in using teachers’ feedback constructively?

The colloquium will be divided into three parts. Part 1 features a presentation by Prof. David Carless entitled “Designing for student uptake of feedback in EAP. Prof Carless will focus on the need to design teacher-student feedback processes that optimise learning. In particular he will illustrate how exemplars and peer assessment can develop students’ (linguistic) awareness of expectations and standards through inductive comparisons of peers’ work.

After learning about the academic perspective, we move to Part 2, “Students’ Voice”.  In Part 2, short video clips of tertiary students from various local universities will serve as a springboard for discussion. The aim of this “Students’ Voice” is to juxtapose the academics’ perspective with students’ and teachers’ perspectives on learning from assessment and feedback. Students will share their experiences of assessment, for example, how they perceive teachers’ feedback, whether they find the use of rubrics and exemplars useful, whether they like peer assessment and so on.

In Part 3, tertiary teachers from the university language centres of HKU, PolyU, HKUST, EdUHK and CityU will share good practices in assessment as well as teaching strategies or classroom ideas that can be used to promote learning through assessment. Discussion will also revolve around some of the current challenges and issues in the field.

The Assessment for Learning Community of HKCPD Hub is based at EDUHK in Tai Po. We are very grateful to Dr Lillian Wong from CAES of HKU for making a meeting place available in a more centrally-located venue.

We hope to see you at the Colloquium. All teachers from the language centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are welcome.

 

Keynote speaker Professor David Carless’ talk:

Title: Designing for student uptake of feedback in EAP

Abstract:

Teachers are often frustrated by heavy marking loads and students’ inaction in response to feedback, whilst students complain about feedback being too little, too late. The aim of this talk is to argue that feedback processes need to be designed for student uptake. Principled designs envisage feedback as a core part of assessment and curriculum, rather than an episodic mechanism at the end of a teaching sequence.

Two core strategies are exemplified with reference to English for Academic Purposes. Dialogue around exemplars can enable students to understand expectations and appreciate the nature of quality. Well-implemented peer feedback involves students in applying criteria to classmates’ work and making comparisons with their own work in progress. The key facilitators for these practices are teacher and student feedback literacy but these are often in short supply. Some possible ways forward are discussed.

Biostatement:

Professor David Carless works in the Division of English Language Education, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. His signature publication is the book Excellence in University Assessment: Learning from Award-winning Practice (2015, Routledge). His next book comes out in July 2019: Winstone, N. & Carless, D. (in press). Designing for Student Uptake of Feedback in Higher Education (Routledge). His current research focuses on teacher and student feedback literacy to enhance the impact of feedback processes. He was the winner of a University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016. Further details of his work are on his website: https://davidcarless.edu.hku.hk/

 

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Programme: goo.gl/fBL9xR

 

Mar
19
Tue
2019
Good practices in designing and teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes courses: Issues and Strategies @ Room A302, HKPolyU
Mar 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Good practices in designing and teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes courses: Issues and Strategies @ Room A302, HKPolyU

English for specific purposes is centred on the needs of learners within their disciplines (Woodrow, 2017) and the past few years have seen a range of approaches and specialisms to course design and teaching under the banner of ESP. ESP practice holds many challenges including the need to stay relevant to the disciplines, the professions and the changing roles that students will play in their careers.  This raises the question of what we should focus on in ESP teaching.

Aim
Building on the success of the EAP Tour in the late 2018, the HKCPD Hub is running a series of sessions on English for Specific Purposes. The ESAP Tour will provide a platform for colleagues from different university language centres to strengthen their expertise in ESP by sharing and reflecting on good practices.

Plan and format
During the sessions, participating teachers will learn how other centres design and teach their discipline-specific English courses, the issues they encounter, and effective strategies they have implemented. Each centre will share insights into one or two discipline courses they offer and there will be allotted time for Q&A and discussion.

Your benefits
As well as enhancing awareness of how ESAP is approached in other centres, these practical sessions will initiate conversation and sharing in order to sharpen ESAP practice across the spectrum of discipline-specific English courses offered in the university language centres.

All welcome
Teachers from the Language Centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are all welcome.

Mar
20
Wed
2019
Good practices in designing and teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes courses: Issues and Strategies @ Room 6.66, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Tower
Mar 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Good practices in designing and teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes courses: Issues and Strategies @ Room 6.66, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Tower

English for specific purposes is centred on the needs of learners within their disciplines (Woodrow, 2017) and the past few years have seen a range of approaches and specialisms to course design and teaching under the banner of ESP. ESP practice holds many challenges including the need to stay relevant to the disciplines, the professions and the changing roles that students will play in their careers.  This raises the question of what we should focus on in ESP teaching.

Aim
Building on the success of the EAP Tour in the late 2018, the HKCPD Hub is running a series of sessions on English for Specific Purposes. The ESAP Tour will provide a platform for colleagues from different university language centres to strengthen their expertise in ESP by sharing and reflecting on good practices.

Plan and format
During the sessions, participating teachers will learn how other centres design and teach their discipline-specific English courses, the issues they encounter, and effective strategies they have implemented. Each centre will share insights into one or two discipline courses they offer and there will be allotted time for Q&A and discussion.

Your benefits
As well as enhancing awareness of how ESAP is approached in other centres, these practical sessions will initiate conversation and sharing in order to sharpen ESAP practice across the spectrum of discipline-specific English courses offered in the university language centres.

All welcome
Teachers from the Language Centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are all welcome.

Apr
11
Thu
2019
Good practices in designing and teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes courses: Issues and Strategies @ Computer Room 2, Yeung Kin Man Building (AC1), CityU
Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Good practices in designing and teaching English for Specific Academic Purposes courses: Issues and Strategies @ Computer Room 2, Yeung Kin Man Building (AC1), CityU

English for specific purposes is centred on the needs of learners within their disciplines (Woodrow, 2017) and the past few years have seen a range of approaches and specialisms to course design and teaching under the banner of ESP. ESP practice holds many challenges including the need to stay relevant to the disciplines, the professions and the changing roles that students will play in their careers.  This raises the question of what we should focus on in ESP teaching.

Aim
Building on the success of the EAP Tour in the late 2018, the HKCPD Hub is running a series of sessions on English for Specific Purposes. The ESAP Tour will provide a platform for colleagues from different university language centres to strengthen their expertise in ESP by sharing and reflecting on good practices.

Plan and format
During the sessions, participating teachers will learn how other centres design and teach their discipline-specific English courses, the issues they encounter, and effective strategies they have implemented. Each centre will share insights into one or two discipline courses they offer and there will be allotted time for Q&A and discussion.

Your benefits
As well as enhancing awareness of how ESAP is approached in other centres, these practical sessions will initiate conversation and sharing in order to sharpen ESAP practice across the spectrum of discipline-specific English courses offered in the university language centres.

All welcome
Teachers from the Language Centres of the 8 UGC-funded universities are all welcome.

Jun
4
Tue
2019
HKCPD Symposium – Pre Symposium Workshops @ The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Jun 4 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Jun
5
Wed
2019
HKCPD Symposium @ HKUST
Jun 5 all-day
Jun
6
Thu
2019
HKCPD Symposium – Post Symposium Workshops @ CPD-G.02, G/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, The University of Hong Kong
Jun 6 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

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