Pre-Conference Workshops

Morning Workshops

15 May 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon


(1) Teaching for Effective Student Learning: A New Evidence-Based Framework for 21st Century Learners



Todd Zakrajsek, Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Milton Cox, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University

Spencer Benson, Education Innovations International Consulting. LLC

Eva Wong, Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning, Hong Kong Baptist University



To be an effective teacher, it is important to structure classrooms that are consistent with current research pertaining to the most important factors to facilitate student learning. An international team of experienced faculty members and faculty developers have developed a 21st Century Framework for Effective Education. In this preconference session, you will have an opportunity to learn about this new evidence-based educational framework and from this framework you will build new practices that you may immediately put to use to improve your teaching. In this session you will also be given a copy of the framework and explanatory paper to use as a reference as you consider how to make changes in all of your courses.

(2) Flipping Your Class for Outcomes



Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Hong Kong Branch
Kevin CHAN
Paul LAM
Peter LAU
Theresa KWONG
Crusher WONG


In a “flipped classroom”, students will meet a topic for the first time online usually through short and informative videos. In the face-to-face ‘lecture’ time, they are expected to engage in classroom activities with their peers and the instructor to test and apply the knowledge and receive immediate feedback.

A flipped class can be a challenge for both teachers and students alike if it lacks detailed planning and appropriate resources and support. We are a group of teachers, researchers, and educational developers at five universities in Hong Kong: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, City University of Hong Kong, The Education University of Hong Kong, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Starting from July 2017, we initiated the project “Flipped Classroom Approach in Hong Kong Higher Education” ( to support the teachers who would like to adopt the flipped classroom approach to take full advantage of the new pedagogy and overcome the possible challenges.

This workshop focuses on strategies of five key components to enhance the effectiveness of flipped classroom approach, namely Exposure, Incentive, Activities, Assess and Evaluation. In this workshop, each university team will elaborate on how to apply the strategies to lead to a successful flip and demonstrate good practices derived from various teaching cases our project supported in the different institutions.


After the workshop the participants will:

  • Have learnt a number of strategies to effectively carry out flipped classroom teaching in higher education, and

  • Be able to rethink the various components of their course design to take advantage of the innovative approach.

Afternoon Workshops
15 May 2019, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.


(3) Assessment of/for/as Learning: Using Assessments to Motivate and Facilitate Learning



Spencer Benson, University of Maryland & Education Innovations International Consulting. LLC
Emily Oon, Faculty of Education, University of Macau



Assessment is the engine that often drive student learning, since students focus on what is assessed and good assessments foster deeper learning and motivation.  In this preconference session, you will have an opportunity to learn about the roles and uses of different types of assessment.  In this hands-on minds-on workshop we will look at various types of assessments, how formative and summative assessments can foster learning and course improvement, assessment alignment with learning outcomes and pedagogy and ways to reduce grading time.  You will learn about new assessment concepts and develop assessment practices that you can put to use to improve student learning and your teaching in a variety of classes.

After the workshop the participants will:

  •    Describe and apply various types of assessments,

  •    Define and develop assessments of/for/as learning for a course they are/will teach,

  •    Present the concept of assessment of/for/as learning to colleagues at their home institutions.

(4) To Share or Not to Share – What Makes A Successful Community of Practice that Facilitates Student Learning?



Milton Cox, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University
Eva Wong, Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning, Hong Kong Baptist University


The facilitators of this workshop have helped establish successful communities of practice (CoPs) in higher education. In this workshop they will define their CoP models, including faculty learning communities, and provide recommendations for designing, implementing, facilitating, and sustaining productive CoPs. Participants will receive a preliminary planning inventory to design their CoPs. Published evidence of the positive impact of CoPs on the educational development of CoP members and the enhanced learning of their students will be shared. The facilitators will also describe the development of the scholarship of teaching and learning in CoPs.




This option includes:

  • Workshop and all corresponding materials


This option does NOT include:

  • Registration for the rest of the Lilly Conference (May 16 – 18, 2019)

  • Meals (no lunch is included)


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