We are delighted to announce the award recipients of the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award for 2019-20. A Selection Panel made up of Faculty colleagues and students met to look at applications for this year’s awards. They were deeply impressed with the awardees’ wholehearted commitment to their teaching, their innovative and tireless efforts to engage with students and curriculum development and the impact that they have on students’ learning and personal growth. After a very positive discussion, the Panel has selected the following winners:
Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (Team)
Dr Yvonne Huang (Team leader), Dr Chloe Chu, Dr Chun Lai, Ms Wendy Lai and Ms Louisa Yen (Fostering Agentic Professionals Team)
The team led by Yvonne impressed the Selection Panel with their efforts to support student learning through a clear focus on engagement with international schools and community partners through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Teaching Chinese as a Second Language) programme. The team has collaborated over several years to design and implement this unique programme and have garnered praise and recognition from the International Baccalaureate Organisation. The theme of fostering students’ agency was well articulated throughout the portfolio.
Mr Alan Wong (Team leader), Dr Susan Bridges, Ms Jo Wong and Mr Murphy Wong (E-learning team)
The Selection Panel recognised the tireless and terrific work of the e-learning team, which started several years before the recent high demand for e-learning. It was felt that without the leadership of the team, many colleagues in the Faculty would have found teaching this year even more challenging than it has actually been. The team has continued to provide pedagogical expertise and mentoring to the Faculty as colleagues pursue a better understanding of how best to integrate technology into our teaching and learning.
Faculty Early Career Teaching Award
Dr Nutsa Kobakhidze (Academic Unit of Social Contexts and Policies of Education)
Nutsa’s teaching philosophy “pedagogy of care” was so well-presented in her portfolio with strong and rich evidence of her engagement in student learning, curriculum innovation and design, assessment and feedback. The Selection Panel was also deeply impressed by the way that Nutsa has continued to innovate in her courses, and contribute her expertise across programmes and disciplines. The Panel felt that her professional development really stood out as evidenced by the feedback from her students, colleagues and other stakeholders she engages in her courses.
Emergency Remote Teaching Award
This new category is set up this year to recognise and share the good practices of colleagues and teaching teams during this year’s suspension of face-to-face classes. The two winners are:
Ms Tanya Kempston (Academic Unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership (TELL))
The Selection Panel unanimously recognised the tireless work that Tanya has done this year to make online teaching and learning more effective and inclusive for students and in an area such as drama which many might feel is simply too challenging to transfer to an online mode of delivery. Her critical reflection on her practices and a clearly articulated vision of how she might further improve them demonstrated her striving for teaching excellence. Her “Hear This!” radio drama was such an impressive initiative and showed how her innovations with e-learning can also bridge with local schools, teachers and students.
Ms Nicole Tavares (Academic Unit of TELL)
Nicole was seen by the Selection Panel as an exemplary demonstration of how to maximise our remote teaching tools. She delivers her online classes impeccably and provides a clear pathway for her students to interact, engage and contribute throughout classes. The Panel felt she had gone beyond what is expected of colleagues – especially this year with so many distractions and disruptions. Evidence from student feedback as well as support letters from colleagues, school teachers and the EDB say so much about Nicole’s good work.
Please join us in congratulating the above colleagues!