GHELC Symposium 2014 ends on a high note

The GHELC Symposium 2014 – Experiential Learning @ HKU ended on March 25th with Community Partners and Faculty teachers having a fruitful exchange on building experiential learning projects that benefit student learning and community capacity building.

Around 120 guests attended the full-day symposium and were shown HKU’s best practices of teaching and learning of experiential learning courses, a unique practice that was widely hailed at the symposium as one of the important teaching and learning methods of new curriculum reform.

Keynote Speaker, Ir Professor L. G. Tham of Faculty of Engineering and member of GHELC Management Committee shared HKU’s experiential learning courses offered by different Faculties

Keynote Speaker, Ms. Maggie Chan of Caritas Hong Kong, shared her experience in engaging with students in community projects

Keynote Speaker, Mr. John Lin, Associate Professor of Faculty of Architecture, presented the teaching and learning of experiential learning courses in the Faculty

“I was overjoyed to see so many enthusiastic minds come together to share innovative ideas and practices that exemplify experiential learning. In addition to enhancing our scale of impact, this symposium had strengthened our understanding amongst community partners, colleagues and students,” remarked Dr. Albert Ko, Centre Director. “My sincere gratitude goes toward all speakers and participants, without whom this event would not have been successful.”

The symposium was built on the growing partnership between Community Partners and Faculty teachers, with support from our donor, Dr. Gallant Ho, in building a wide network of partners for the benefits of students and community members. The GHELC, established in March 2012, aims to facilitate and promote experiential learning at HKU and work with community partners both in and outside Hong Kong to identify projects for HKU students of different disciplines. Every year, the GHELC will support at least 1,000 students from all 10 faculties to complete their experiential learning projects.

Ms. Vincci Mak, Assistant Professor of Faculty of Architecture, and Mr. Benjamin Sin, Project Lead of Caritas Pokfulam Community Development Centre, shared their experience in community partnership and building experiential learning project at Pokfulam Village

Helen Li, an undergraduate student of Faculty of Social Sciences, spoke with guests on her learning experience during the Service Leadership Internship, Summer 2013.

Dr. Helen Liu and one of her students talked about the teaching and learning of experiential learning course, Nonprofit Management

Engaging Community: Community Partners Discussion Panel: Facilitated by Dr. Albert Ko, Director of Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre, HKU

Experiential Learning Case Study: Wildlife Conservation Research by Dr. Leszek Karczmarski, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

Sherlock Yau and Hermione Kwok shared their learning experience in Business Consulting Practicum

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GHELC Symposium 2014 – Experiential Learning @ HKU

The GHECL Symposium 2014 – Experiential Learning @ HKU was held on March 25, 2014 with around 150 participants attended. The symposium was a platform to share the best practices of teaching and learning of experiential learning courses in HKU. Community partners and faculty teachers discussed the insights of university-community engagement, and students shared their learning journeys in experiential learning courses.

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