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Active Learning Pedagogical Series Workshop 2: “Why are my students not listening to me?” – Motivating your students by incorporating SIMPLE active learning activities and assessment in your classroom


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

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Speaker: Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, CETL
Date : 14 January, 2016 (Thursday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


It is most discouraging to see your students disengage in your lecture or tutorial – falling asleep or playing with mobile phones and laptops. But what can be done? Some teachers enforce mandatory attendance as part of the assessment thus to fill the seats in the lecture room, but how can attendance be a learning outcome? Mandatory attendance surely does not inspire learning, in fact, often quite the opposite.

This is the second workshop in a series of active learning. In this workshop, we will demonstrate effective pedagogies and assessment methods so that there are more interaction between students and teachers, and students and students, join us to find a way that suits your type of students.


Gibbs, G., & Simpson, C. (2004). Does your assessment support your students’ learning. Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 1(1), 1-30.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Cecilia Chan is the Head of Professional Development and an Associate Professor in the Centre of the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Cecilia has a dual cultural background; she was originally born in Hong Kong but grew up in Ireland. In addition to her dual cultural background, she also has a dual discipline expertise in engineering and education; she has been playing an important role in enhancing engineering and science education. Her combined expertise in these fields and multi-cultural experience enabled her to lead and conduct research on topics such as assessment, technology enhanced learning and the development and assessment of 21st century skills spanning in engineering education from east to west.

Cecilia holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She also held a Fellowship from King’s College London. She has received many teaching awards and has over 15 years of effective practical experience in engaging students.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Janice Leung by email janiceleung331@hku.hk