The course is a requirement for all new research postgraduate students to undertake teaching or assessment duties for their departments. The course aims to initiate participants into the principles of learning, teaching, assessment and feedback in a university context as well as to model ways of how teaching can be improved. It explores how to actively engage learners in small group settings and discusses teaching and learning activities typical of tutorials and/or lab-based teaching. Participants will first learn practical teaching strategies, such as structuring and managing the tutorial, designing high impact tutorial activities and techniques for actively engaging a diverse range of students. The course will subsequently show them how to plan improvements of their teaching. Participants will also learn about assessment. With constructive and actionable feedback from teacher and peers, participants will identify what went well and what needs improvement in their initial teaching practice. Teaching demonstration in the final part of the course provides opportunity for participants to demonstrate improvement in teaching.
Subsequent to successful completion of the course, research postgraduate students with 25 hours of teaching at the university level are eligible to apply for HKU Advance HE Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).