A collaboration between the HEA, QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and the Queensland Government
A new collaboration between the HEA, QUT and Trade & Investment Queensland (TIQ) in Australia, highlighting innovative approaches to teaching and opportunities for higher education institutions in China to promote and benchmark teaching excellence has been launched at a showcase event at The University of Hong Kong.
QUT, an HEA Global Partner, co-led the first of three events, working with other award-winning educators from Queensland universities and The University of Hong Kong (HKU), an HEA Strategic Partner. Over sixty delegates from across Hong Kong attended sessions over two days at HKU which focused on ways to make teaching more engaging by using ‘active learning’ strategies.
A key part of the event was to highlight the benefit of HEA Fellowship as a route to benchmarking and rewarding those leading, delivering or supporting teaching.
HEA Fellowship is fully aligned to the Professional Standards Framework, a unique and internationally recognised set of standards for teaching and learning in higher education. There are approaching 100,000 HEA Fellows around the world, forming a global community of best practice in teaching and learning.
Leading the event were Professor Abby Cathcart (QUT) and Professor Grahame Bilbow (HKU). Both are Principal Fellows of the HEA.
Professor Cathcart said, “I am delighted with the feedback from the workshop which reflected the very positive and useful exchange of ideas and approaches to innovative teaching. We are all motivated by a shared desire to enhance teaching and improve the student academic experience, and that was very evident at the workshop.
“The delegates were very interested in the opportunity to benchmark and formally recognise their commitment to teaching through HEA Fellowship, and I hope that we will see more and more teaching staff in China join the global community of HEA Fellows. Academics from Queensland are looking forward to partnering with Chinese applicants over the next few months to support their fellowship application in the spirit of mutual learning.”
Prof Anna Lee, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Medical School, said, “This has been a very interesting opportunity to learn about different teaching styles – particularly around active learning - and I think there is much we can use and adapt to explore new ways to engage our students. Speaking personally, I would be very keen to have my teaching recognised through HEA Fellowship and to be able to contribute and learn from colleagues in the HEA’s communities of practice.”
A second event was delivered in Shanghai in early January. Demand for both the Hong Kong and Shanghai events meant they were oversubscribed.
The delivery team for the Hong Kong event included HKU and Queensland educators, including Professor Larry Neale (SFHEA) and Associate Professor Dominique Greer (SFHEA), from QUT’s Teaching Advantage, Professor Gwen Lawrie (SFHEA) from the University of Queensland, and Associate Professor Luke Fryer, Head of Professional Programmes and Associate Professor Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, both from CETL, and Associate Professor Susan Bridges from the Faculty of Education at HKU.