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Enhancing Students’ Communication Learning Through Team Teaching in Communication-intensive Courses


Organisers: Jointly organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Centre for Applied English Studies, and the Common Core

Date & Time : 8 December 2020 (Tuesday) 1:00pm - 2:00pm (HK time)
Venue : Conducted via Zoom
Speaker :
Dr. Christophe Coupé, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics;
Dr. Alex Shum, Lecturer, Faculty of Science;
Dr. Julie Chen, Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care / Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education;
Dr. Nicolette Ray, Lecturer, Department of Medical Ethics and Humanities and the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care;
Miss Karina Chan, Teaching assistant, Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Facilitator : Dr. Tracy Zou (CETL)

Communication-intensive Courses provide students with multiple opportunities to practice communication skills in lessons, often with frequent and constructive feedback from teachers and peers. Achieving this, however, requires team effort. In this join-the-conversation event, speakers will share their experiences working in a teaching team to develop Communication-intensive Courses and highlight how team members with different roles can contribute to various aspects of the courses.

Applications for Communication-intensive Courses badging are welcome all year around. If your course has embedded any two of the following communication literacies: written, oral, visual, and digital, please contact us at cics@hku.hk or visit https://cics.hku.hk/

About the speaker
Dr. Christophe Coupé is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of Hong Kong. His research interests are centered around the application of concepts and tools from data science and natural language processing to questions in the humanities and the social sciences. His current projects include a machine learning investigation of bonobo calls and a text mining approach to the social representations of the Rwandan genocide. Two of his courses have been badged as communication-intensive courses, including the Common Core course CCGL9061 ‘Digital Humanitarianism: Can you save the world with your computer?’.

Dr. Alex Shum is a lecturer in the Faculty of Science, teaching Common Core Courses in Scientific Literacy. Working with the CiC initiative, he has badged two courses: CCST9056: The Force is With You: How Things Work, and CCST9038: Science and Science Fiction, which both support the development of students’ oral and written literacies. As both courses are taught by small teams, the challenges brought on through the badging process and implementation of curriculum changes will be discussed.

Dr Julie Chen is Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care / Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education. Her teaching and research focus on the development of medical student professionalism and humanism in undergraduate medical education as well as the exploration of issues affecting doctor and medical student health. She has been the course co-ordinator of this course since its inception in 2012.

Dr Nicolette Ray is a Lecturer in the Department of Medical Ethics and Humanities and the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of Hong Kong. She trained as a Family Medicine doctor in London and has always been interesting in a holistic perspective of care, focussing her practice on nutrition, emotional wellbeing and spiritual health. She has co-taught the Common Core Course, ‘From Health to Wellbeing’ (CCHU9019) for two semesters.

Miss Karina Chan is a teaching assistant in the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care. She has been the teaching assistant of this course for two semesters.

Note: Dr. Chen, Dr. Ray, and Miss Chan will talk about their Common Core Course ‘From Health to Wellbeing’ (CCHU9019), which aims to examine health in its truest sense, exploring beyond the limits of medicine to engage a much wider set of questions embracing social, cultural, political, economic, moral and spiritual aspects of human experience. Accordingly, students gain greater insight into the multi-dimensional aspects of health and develop a more holistic and humanistic appreciation of health in both a personal and societal context.

For information, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Lau , CETL
Phone: 3917 4807; Email: kanclau@hku.hk​