Two HKU projects receive international award on innovative education
11 Dec 2016
The University of Hong Kong (HKU) won the bronze prizes in the international Reimagine Education Awards under the categories of Discipline Award (Life Sciences) and Regional Award (Asia). The organisers, ranking-publisher Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, received over 500 entries for this contest that celebrates technology-infused innovative teaching.
A prize presentation-cum-conference was hold on December 5 to 6, 2016. The inter-institutional team, “Interprofessional Team-based Learning (IPTBL) for Health Professional Students”, led by Dr. Lap Ki Chan (Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine) is the Bronze Winner for Discipline Award (Life Sciences). The international team, “Problem-based learning and Educational Technologies in Clinical Education – An Interactional Ethnography”, led by Dr. Susan Bridges (Faculty of Education/ Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning) won the Bronze Regional Award (Asia).
Interprofessional team-based learning for health professional students
The project highlights the value of a cross-faculty, cross-institutional and multi-professional design in learning, which helps to break down barriers between professionals and enables effective collaboration among graduates of different healthcare programmes to improve overall health outcomes. The winning team used team-based learning (TBL) designed for about 1000 students from the complementary health programmes of the two collaborating universities, HKU and PolyU. With the help of technology and learning management system, students could collaborate effectively in small groups to tackle complex clinical scenarios - not only during face-to-face sessions, but also whenever and wherever they have access to the online platform; saving the time for commuting between campuses. This project is the first cross-faculty, cross-institution and interprofessional programme in the world.
Knowing more about progression in problem-based learning through conversations, interactions and contexts
This is a cross-institutional and international project. The pedagogy features heightened technological interactivity during face-to-face problem-based tutorials through the use of mobile devices and the Internet, which created just-in-time and rich learning resources for all participants. Through the careful study of peer-to-peer and peer-to-facilitator conversations, collaboration and use of learning tools, the winning team has contributed much valuable qualitative data to the field of problem-based learning research.
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