Launching the Expert Learner Seminar Series
City University of Hong Kong
The Expert Learner Seminar Series (ELSS) was piloted in 2017 at CityU to help new university students achieve their academic potential. At that time, 30 students registered for the series and 12 students completed a pre- and post- Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) survey; they showed an average increase of 11% in their LASSI scores. These pilot results were reported at CUHK’s Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo 2017.
In 2018, the ELSS was launched in the first six weeks of Semester A. One-hundred seventy students registered for the series and 57 Year One students completed a pre- and post- LASSI survey; they showed an average increase of 12% in their LASSI score. The results have almost identically mimicked the results from the much smaller pilot study of the year before.
The series was held over the first six weeks of Semester A, 2018. A one-hour session was held each week and students could register for one of 12 sections available for that session each week. The first and sixth sessions served as introductions and summaries, respectively, of learning and study strategies as well as administration of the pre- and post- LASSI. Sessions two through five addressed the four LASSI areas that research has previously shown Year One students at CityU needed the most improvement.