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Experiential Learning Fund Project 2016-17


Project Title Project Coordinator(s)
Curriculum Design in Cambodia: An Experiential Learning Project with Happy Tree
Course code: TBC
Number of undergraduate students participating: 20
Dr. Gary Harfitt
Faculty of Education
Teaching in Vietnam: An Experiential Learning Project with PEACE
Course code: TBC
Number of undergraduate students participating: 15
Dr. Gary Harfitt
Faculty of Education
Youth Mentoring
Course code: BBED6783
Number of undergraduate students participating: 15
Dr. Margaret Lo
Faculty of Education
An Experiential Approach to Learning and Teaching in a Regional Educational Institution: Continuing the Good Practices

Course code: BBED6742
Number of undergraduate students participating: 20
Dr. Valerie Yip
Faculty of Education
Support Training of Teachers to Work with Children with Communication Disorders in Special Education Settings in China
Course code: SHSC5026
Number of undergraduate students participating: 12
Professor Lena Wong
Faculty of Education
Shaping the Landscape: Land Art Workshop & Exhibition
Course code: CCHU9023
Number of undergraduate students participating: 120
Ms. Vincci Mak
Faculty of Architecture
Recording and Displaying Local Culture through Cultural Tourism at Yuen Long
Course code: SOCI2055
Number of undergraduate students participating: 50
Dr. Gary Wong
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mental Health Promotion and Active Engagement of People with Mental Health Issues – A Collaboration between HKU and Four Service Centres for People with Mental Health Issues
Course code: CCHU9022
Number of undergraduate students participating: 120
Dr. Paul Wong
Faculty of Social Sciences
Hong Kong’s Disappearing dialects
Course code: CCHU9056
Number of undergraduate students participating: 12
Dr. Cathryn Donohue
Faculty of Arts
Understanding the Microplastics Pollution in Hong Kong Waters
Course code: ENVS3303
Number of undergraduate students participating: 40
Dr. Christelle Not
Faculty of Science


Curriculum Design in Cambodia: An Experiential Learning Project with Happy Tree

Course code: TBC
Dr. Gary Harfitt, Faculty of Education
Number of undergraduate students participating: 20

This 1-year project partners with Happy Tree Foundation in Cambodia to help the English education for orphans and other underprivileged children(4-12 years old) in Cambodia. 20 HKU BEd students will provide support and assistance to the teachers and volunteers in Cambodia through the development of teaching materials and the sharing of ideas on how to implement an English curriculum in orphanages owned and run by Happy Tree. Mentoring will come from the NGO in HK and Faculty teachers. The presence of our students over a period of time (2 trips, in total 4 weeks) will also provide children the chance to communicate in English with our students.



Teaching in Vietnam: An Experiential Learning Project with PEACE

Course code: TBC
Dr. Gary Harfitt, Faculty of Education
Number of undergraduate students participating: 15

This 1-year project partners with PEACE (in HK) and Maison Chance (in Vietnam) to promote English teaching to disadvantaged children in a school outside Ho Chi Minh City. 15 HKU BEd students will visit Vietnam (2 trips, in total 4 weeks) to provide support to the teachers and volunteers of Maison Chance to deliver English lessons, helping the children acquire vocabulary and speaking skills. They are expected to prepare lesson plans to teach. These are skill-oriented and systematic programmes catering to needs of the children to improve their abilities in speaking English and other basic skills. PEACE will provide comprehensive pre-trip workshops to help HKU students in terms of preparation, teaching skills and child education. Students will also have the chance to work with local volunteers and handicapped students at the school and interact with their families. Mentoring will come from PEACE and Faculty teachers.



Youth Mentoring

Course code: BBED6783
Dr. Margaret Lo, Faculty of Education
Number of undergraduate students participating: 15

This two-semester project partners with local secondary schools to develop 15 HKU BEd students (future secondary school teachers/ mentors) with the knowledge, skills, beliefs and awareness to be effective mentors for secondary school students, and to address the social and educational inequality faced by the disadvantaged youth (their mentees). Each mentor-mentee pair will meet 8-10 times over the year, join 2 excursions/visits, and also have regular online contact for giving academic and social support.



An Experiential Approach to Learning and Teaching in a Regional Educational Institution: Continuing the Good Practices

Course code: BBED6742
Dr. Valerie Yip, Faculty of Education
Number of undergraduate students participating: 20

This two-semester project aims to support 20 HKU BEdBSc students and 10 teachers of Sarasas Ektra School in Thailand to develop an understanding of science education in a different cultural context. HKU students will attend 18-hour workshops before they participate in 2 weeks’ immersion in Thailand. During the immersion period, they will observe lessons taught by their mentor teachers, develop materials for the lessons they will teach for the 400 grade 7-12 pupils, and organize science activities for these pupils. The learning experience will be shared and discussed in two presentations, one for the Thailand school and the other at HKU. The teaching materials will also be used by the Thailand counterpart.



Support Training of Teachers to Work with Children with Communication Disorders in Special Education Settings in China

Course code: SHSC5026
Professor Lena Wong, Faculty of Education
Number of undergraduate students participating: 12

This Summer-semester project aims at providing 12 HKU BSc (Speech & Hearing) students with opportunities to apply the knowledge about speech and language development, speech therapy skills, information counseling skills and service management skills in a community where the official language and dialect, infrastructure of rehabilitation services, education background of their collaborators and availability of service are all different from those in Hong Kong. They will have 8 full-day stay in China to have seminars, observation, demonstration sessions and work collaborative sessions on speech therapy intervention skills at Hubei Province Rehabilitation Centre.



Shaping the Landscape: Land Art Workshop & Exhibition

Course code: CCHU9023
Ms. Vincci Mak, Faculty of Architecture
Number of undergraduate students participating: 120

About 120 students taking this Common Core Course will go to Yuen Long to co-develop mental maps with local villagers to reveal the physical changes and day‐to‐day environmental issues in the village landscapes under the urban development over the years. They will then create and exhibit art works and installations to express their findings, views and ideas at those “gone-landscape” locations to engage the general public to reflect on the importance of those habitats to the livelihood and culture of the old Hong Kong villages. The two community partners, Rotary Club and Hulu Culture will contribute to student learning through training before their visits and feedback on their works. As recognition of quality, outstanding student works will be selected to their annual professional publication and annual flagship event of Hulu Culture for public exhibition in March 2017. Locals can continue to use student works to promote awareness of environmental and cultural matters inside the villages. Interdisciplinary collaboration is piloted with two courses from Sociology and Linguistics. Student findings and works from this course will lay a foundation or serve as a reference for students taking these two courses in the Spring term.



Recording and Displaying Local Culture through Cultural Tourism at Yuen Long

Course code: SOCI2055
Dr. Gary Wong, Faculty of Social Sciences
Number of undergraduate students participating: 50

Students will create a tourist map and lead a free cultural tour at Ha Tsuen – a traditional village at Yuen Long under threat of urban development – based on their historical and cultural investigation of the site. Students would have the first hand experience from cultural tours and attend professional training workshops on travelling guide writing. They will carry out oral history interviews with residents and apply virtual reality (VR) technology to record natural and built environment. Students would consolidate their learning through a critical reflection on evaluating the role of cultural tourism in recording and preserving local culture of Ha Tsuen. This project would benefit local community by recording and displaying the history, culture, daily life and future development projects of Ha Tsuen through the project outcomes. There are six community partners having strong network in local community and specialising in tourism, publishing, history and culture. Students will also benefit from having interdisciplinary collaboration with students and colleagues from Arts, Architecture and Engineering faculties.



Mental Health Promotion and Active Engagement of People with Mental Health Issues – A Collaboration between HKU and Four Service Centres for People with Mental Health Issues

Course code: CCHU9022
Dr. Paul Wong, Faculty of Social Sciences
Number of undergraduate students participating: 120

Collaborations with four service centers are formed for this 1st-semester Common Core course. 120 HKU students will work in small teams to plan and implement social service activities at their assigned mental health service centers. Each student will be on-site working for min. 3 hours. Through this project, students will obtain the chance to in-person “see, sense, and have contact” with the patients (and potential patients), apply their knowledge learnt from lectures, and develop a broader perspective and critical understanding of mental health and mental illness.



Hong Kong’s Disappearing dialects

Course code: CCHU9056
Dr. Cathryn Donohue, Faculty of Arts
Number of undergraduate students participating: 12

This course aims to contribute to ongoing efforts to document Hong Kong’s disappearing dialects, to try to understand how and why this is happening, and to help raise awareness about this issue within the community and Hong Kong more generally. Students will work with the Hakka/Waitau villagers in Yuen Long as well as with Chiuchau/Hokkien communities elsewhere in Hong Kong. The class will involve a film expert to demonstrate crucial techniques for creating documentary videos, a key component of the course, helping with theoretical and practical aspects. Students will work with the villagers, NGOs, volunteers, and students from other fields Students will learn from the CCHU9023 class about urbanization and how it may have impacted language practices. Students will work with Dr Wong’s group (SOCIO2055) to develop materials for use in their cultural tours, and will contribute to the Hulu Culture Yuen Long exhibition (and possibly also to the publication). We will contribute to a website, dialects.hku.hk, where the videos will be posted.



Understanding the Microplastics Pollution in Hong Kong Waters

Course code: ENVS3303
Dr. Christelle Not, Faculty of Science
Number of undergraduate students participating: 40

Students will address the plastics pollution and in particular the role and importance of the microplastics. Students will perform a complete scientific research on the microplastics content of Hong Kong coastal waters. In collaboration with the Plastic Free Seas (PFS) NGO, students will collect samples, then back to HKU they will have to chemically clean samples to identify and count the different type of plastics present in the sample. Finally, all the data will be combined, to obtain a regional data set to work on, where student will try to identify parameters (tide, rain, winds, location of recycling facilities … ) that control the microplastics pollution in Hong Kong. The project represents a good opportunity for the student to understand and realize how daily life can affect our environment and how to communicate and share their knowledge is important for the NGO like PFS and local community.