【最新消息】中大通識教育獲教資會傑出教學獎 引領學生進入更廣闊的世界CUHK General Education Team Awarded 2016 UGC Teaching Award

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【圖:大學通識教育部主任梁美儀教授(左圖)帶領一眾老師為中大建立一個良好的通識學習氛圍

開學了,中大通識教育基礎課程已踏入第五個年頭,而課程亦為中大帶來大學教育資助委員會今年首設的團隊教學獎項。9月8日,中大通識教育主任梁美儀教授、通識教育基礎課程署理主任趙茱莉博士,以及大學通識教育部副主任王永雄博士,獲教資會頒發2016年教資會傑出教學獎,以嘉許其教學團隊推動大學通識教育基礎課程的傑出成就。

中大自創校便開設本科生必修的通識教育課程。2012年,中大藉著新四年學制的契機,開創本地通識教育先河,除原有的四範圍通識課外,加入六學分的通識教育基礎課程。四範圍通識課採「分佈修讀」模式,講求擴闊視野;通識基礎課則採「核心課程」模式,擴闊視野外更有助連結全體本科生,使之成為一個自主互動的學習社群。通識教育基礎課程供所有四年制新生修讀,包含「與人文對話」、「與自然對話」兩個科目。學生每周研讀一個選自人文或科學經典的篇章,以研討會形式與同窗和老師進行討論,共思美好人生、理想社會等課題,探究科學發展的利弊。

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【圖:大學通識教育部副主任王永雄博士(中)和通識教育基礎課程署理主任趙茱莉博士(右)努力開拓學習經典的可能性,網上講堂、手機應用程式都一一用上。

大學通識教育部主任梁美儀教授表示:「此項榮譽讓我們確認通識教育對年青人個人成長的重要性。傳授專業知識是大學教育不可或缺的部分,但引導學生對更廣闊世界的渴求,也是中大一直的決心。」三位得獎人衷心感謝通識教育團隊中每一位成員,深感獎項不單是對通識教育理念的肯定,也是對以教學為志業者的肯定。三人亦感謝熱心投入學習的每一位學生,沒有他們的勇氣和努力,中大「核心課程」的夢想亦難以實行。

通識基礎課程的內容及教材均由教學團隊親自設計,並堅持小班教學以促進師生交流。課程推出至今,基礎課老師開發了多種教學資源和活動,在教室內外支援同學的心性發展,亦積極投入課程果效及教與學的研究。教學團隊透過專屬手機應用程式同儕輔讀計劃寫作閱讀工作坊、通識沙龍、網上講堂(UGFN/UGFH) 、電影欣賞等不同形式,幫助同學應付挑戰、享受學習樂趣。

回首四年,中大通識教育基礎課程的成效可說備受肯定。得獎人認為,草創期的專責小組功不可沒,而課程全面推行至今得到自學中心、圖書館、ITSC的全面支援,更成就了跨部門協作的實踐社群;教學團隊對此尤其感銘於心。

除了今次的獎項,中大於2015年獲美國通識及自由教育課程協會頒發通識教育優化模範課程獎,是首間來自美國以外的獲獎院校。

 

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香港中文大學:《香港中文大學通識教育課程團隊榮獲2016教資會傑出教學獎》


有關2015年榮獲美國通識及自由教育課程協會頒發通識教育優化模範課程獎
中大人:《挑戰學生的大學通識課程》


A new academic year begins, and it is also the fifth year of CUHK General Education Foundation (GEF) Programme since the launch of it in 2012. On 8th of September, Prof. LEUNG Mei-yee, Director of University General Education, Dr. Julie CHIU, Deputy Programme Director of GEF Programme and Dr. WONG Wing-hung, Associate Director of University General Education, have been honoured with the 2016 UGC Teaching Award by the University Grants Committee (UGC), in recognition of the excellent design and implementation of GEF Programme. The UGC has accepted team nominations for the teaching award starting this year to recognize the increasing importance of team teaching.

General Education has been an indispensable part of CUHK’s undergraduate experience since the founding of the University. With the 2012 new curriculum, General Education at CUHK was brought to a new height by the introduction of the GEF Programme, Apart from the existing “Four Areas” of University General Education, CUHK added 6 required credits of GEF programme for 4-year undergraduate students. The difference between “Four Areas” and GEF programme is that “Four Areas” encourage students to explore different academic disciplines, while GEF programme use a “common-core” approach, using selected classics to widen students’ horizon and at the same time, provide students a common intellectual and cultural experience. The ultimate goal of GEF program is to create an interactive and self-motivated learning community in the campus. It consists of two courses, In Dialogue with Humanity and In Dialogue with Nature, through which students engage in a weekly ‘dialogue’ at home with a classic from the humanities or the sciences, to be followed with a ‘dialogue’ in class with fellow classmates and the teacher, as they jointly explore questions about good life, ideal society, controversies over science, etc.

Professor Leung, Dr. Chiu and Dr. Wong are deeply honoured to receive the award. Professor Leung said, ‘The award is recognition of the importance of a broad-based education for the personal development of young people. Nowadays, while the pursuit of professional qualifications seems the most prominent part of university education, CUHK is determined to foster in our students a yearning for a bigger, “wider” world.’ Three award recipients expressed heartfelt thanks to each member of GEF teaching team. They believed that the award not only shows recognition to the belief of CUHK general education, also a tribute to dedicated GEF teachers – for their wholehearted commitment in teaching and inspiring students.

The course contents and textbooks are designed and produced by the General Education team, and small class size limit is set to ensure quality of classroom interaction. To facilitate students’ intellectual and emotional development, innovative learning aids and enrichment activities for students have been developed, ranging from specially-designed mobile apps, Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), reading and writing workshops, to GE salon, movie nights, etc. Apart from the two mobile apps which serve as optional online reading companions for students, the programme also makes extensive use of eLearning platforms and micro-modules (UGFN/UGFH) to facilitate flipped classrooms. GEF Teaching team also conducted teaching and learning research to examine course effectiveness, and explore different possibilities.

To look back these 4 years, GEF programme gained an encouraging amount of recognition in terms of awards, student feedback and researches. Three award recipients also expressed sincere gratitude to founding task force of GEF programme in the very early stage to set programme direction, and ongoing teaching support from Independent Learning Centre, library and Information Technology Services Centre.

Last year, GEF programme was granted the Exemplary Program Award for Improving General Education by the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS), in recognition of its commitment to continuously improving teaching and learning approaches in general education based on students’ needs and learning outcomes.

 

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