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EXPO 2021 - Keynote Addresses

Professor Carmen WONG 


Recipient of the 2020 University Grants Committee Teaching Award
Recipient of the 2020 University Education Award
Associate Professor of Practice in Family Medicine and Medical Education, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care
Assistant Dean (Education), Faculty of Medicine 
Associate Director, Office of Medical Education
Director, CUHK Centre of Research and Promotion in Women’s Health

Biography
Dr Carmen Wong is Associate Professor of Medical Education and Family Medicine, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care and Assistant Dean (Education) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Dr Carmen Wong graduated from the Cardiff University School of Medicine (UK) with a bachelor degree in Psychology (BSc) and in Medicine (MBBCh). Dr Wong is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK).  She is a fellow of the higher education academy and obtained a Master of Science of Clinical Education (Edinburgh, UK). 

 

Dr Carmen Wong is coordinator of Doctor and Patient course, Clinical Communications course and Family Medicine module, Faculty of Medicine.  She is a member of the Senate committee of Language enhancement and Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Alliance (HKTEA).  She received the Faculty Teaching Award, University Education Award and the prestigious University Grants Council (UGC) Education award in 2020. 

 

Educational research interests include use of online learning and learner wellbeing and development.  She has obtained numerous teaching grants.  Her works include the development of electronic educational tools such as the CUHK medical audio glossary for health professionals, blended and experiential learning in clinical communication skills, social responsibility and interdisciplinary curriculum design and implementation.  Dr Wong continues to practice as an honorary resident of the Hospital Authority in Family Medicine and is Director of the Centre of Research and Promotion in women’s health.

Presentation Date
28 July 2021 (Wednesday)

 

Title
Fostering Professionalism in Higher Education

 

Abstract
Over recent years, there are increasing concerns whether higher education is ‘fit for purpose’ and that graduates may require additional or alternate skills to equip them for the future working force of tomorrow.  Technological advances are likely to bring further disruption and there is a need for essential skills in digital fluency and global competencies e.g. cultural awareness, language and adaptability with importance of judgement, social perceptiveness, complex decision making skills, communication and the ability to manage people and resources.  In more traditional fields e.g. law, medicine etc. there is also educational struggles on curriculum focus of scholarly research skills versus vocational skills to best equip students with professional attitudes, behaviour and/ or skills upon or after graduation.
 
This keynote session will take a scholarly approach to professionalism and training including conceptualization of professionalism and its components in higher education, with additional illustration from advances in the field of medical education.

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Professor Apple Pui Yi CHUI


Recipient of the 2020 University Education Award
Research Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences

Biography
Dr Apple Chui obtained her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science and Biology programs from CUHK. She has been with the School of Life Sciences as a lecturer for 4 years before becoming a research assistant professor in 2021. Her research addresses two main questions: How will projected future climate change affect corals that are currently present in marginal coral environments like Hong Kong? And can coral chimerism be used as a tool to enhance the resilience of corals, and hence be used as one of the strategies for active coral restoration in the future. In 2019, Apple was selected as a Pew Marine Fellow, one of the eight awardees per year from around the world. As a teacher, it is Apple's passion on coral and conservation research that arouse students’ interest and curiosity, so that her students not only learn intellectually but, connect emotionally and take responsibility to conserve nature. Her learner-centered teaching approach has earned her the University Education Award 2020, finalist of the UGC Teaching Award 2020 (Early Career Faculty Members), Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award 2018, Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 2017 and Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education 2017. As a committed science communicator and devoted conservationist, Apple has been actively engaged in community outreach and education activities in Hong Kong. In 2019, she officially launched an outreach programme “Coral Academy”, to raise student and public’s awareness and inspire action in marine conservation through various programmes and workshops. She has been selected as one of the 101 Outstanding People in Asia’s Dive Industry: Scientists by Underwater360 Magazine and is a recipient of the GGEF Women Eco Game Changer Awards - Eco star of China in 2019.

Presentation Date
28 July 2021 (Wednesday)

 

Title
Fostering Pro-environmental Attitudes and Behaviors of University Students: Experience from UGEB3630

 

Abstract
Environmental education is more than gaining knowledge about environmental matters. It should also have the component of increasing students’ environmental awareness and sensitivity, enhancing students’ critical thinking, changing attitudes, and lead to pro-environmental behavior. UGEB3630 “Exploring the Enigmatic Oceans” for non-major students has offered a fantastic platform for me to consolidate students’ understanding of ideas about marine science, extend curiosity, allow them to appreciate the value of our marine environment, and to take action beyond lectures. These also echo with two of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, climate action and life below water, targeted by the United Nations back in 2015 which aims to transform the world. In this talk, I will share my four key elements in general education course teaching to enhance students' environmental literacy.
 

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Professor Irwin Kuo Chin KING


Recipient (Team Leader) of the 2020 University Education Award (Team) 
Chairman and Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Director, Centre for eLearning Innovation and Technology (ELITE)

Biography
Professor Irwin King is the Director of the Centre for eLearning Innovation and Technology (ELITE), Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Principal Investigator of the Knowledge and Education Exchange Platform (KEEP) and VeriGuide. His research interests include machine learning, social computing, AI, web intelligence, data mining, and multimedia information processing. He has over 350 technical publications in various top journals and conferences. Professor King has been an evangelist in the use of education technologies in eLearning for the betterment of teaching and learning.

 

Presentation Date
28 July 2021 (Wednesday)

 

Title
Teamwork for Success to KEEP Learning for Life

 

Abstract
“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together,” which is an African adage epitomizing the spirit of teamwork.  Great cooperation is a distinctive trademark of many remarkable organizations, institutions, and even classrooms.  So what is teamwork in the context of teaching and learning?  In this talk, I plan to elaborate on the model of collaborations and partnerships in different education contexts that create synergies for participants like teachers, learners, and even administrators, that result in a more rewarding experience.  Moreover, I would also like to share how our team has built the Knowledge and Education Exchange Platform (KEEP), which promotes eLearning to a global audience and encourages all learners to KEEP learning for life!
 

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