Student Preparation and Training for Experiential Learning


Overview

To support teachers and faculties’ implementation of experiential learning in the undergraduate curriculum, Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre (GHELC) provides a range of workshops to help equip students with required knowledge and skills to maximize their learning from experiential learning activities. Teachers and students are welcomed to make requests to us for organizing or customizing workshops exclusively for a class or a group of students. There are training workshops on both general and specific knowledge and skills useful for experiential learning.


Generic Knowledge and Skills

GHEL1001 Reflection
It’s more than being self-critical but creative and constructive

GHEL1002 Team Work
Parallel thinking techniques for brainstorming, discussion, problem solving and decision-making

GHEL1003 Information and Communication Technologies for Situated Uses
Handy tools to use

GHEL1004 Story Telling
A lot more you can earn by telling a good story

GHEL1005 Responsibility and Ethics
Help with impact but not harm

GHEL1006 Sustaining the Passion and Impact
Your adventure is just beginning

GHEL1007 Safety & Security
I will be back

GHEL1008 My Portfolio
A documentation, showcase and map of actions, aspirations and accomplishments

GHEL1009 Construction Safety Training
Essential knowledge for visiting or working in a construction site

GHEL1010 Personal Effectiveness for Non-local Activities
Get your project done in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people

GHEL1011 Making Accurate and Attractive Documentaries
Fascinating your audience with facts and truth that matter to them

GHEL1012 Visual Communication
See the power of images through the way your capture and present them

GHEL1013 Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Proposal writing, action plan and team work

GHEL1014 Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
There are important knowledge and skills for outdoor activities for safety and survival purposes.


Specific Information and Knowledge

Speakers from our community partners will be invited to give insights and share information on topics and emergent issues as listed below.

GHEL2001 Communities and me
GHEL2002 Human Rights
GHEL2003 Poverty
GHEL2004 Social Justice
GHEL2005 Environmental Threats
GHEL2006 Global Development Issues

GHEL2007 Rural Health
GHEL2008 Universal Education
GHEL2009 Sustainable Development
GHEL2010 Rehabilitation
GHEL2011 Mental Health
GHEL2012 Geopolitics

Suggestion or request for any particular topic is also welcome.


Intended Outcomes of Workshops

GHEL1001 Reflection
It’s more than being self-critical but creative and constructiveAs the famous educator John Dewey said, “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on it.” Reflection is an important processor to help make experience rewarding and constructive to learning. There is a great variety of learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom that teachers design for our students at HKU. Students are often asked to reflect through the use of journal writing and blogging, etc. Lots of students think reflection is about being self-critical to self-evaluate their thoughts, actions and even they themselves. In this workshop, you will understand a lot more of the mental activities involved in reflection and learn how to make reflection constructive to your learning and development. You will identify how reflection may lead you to become more creative and better a person.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • describe what reflection is
  • distinguish reflection from descriptions
  • use different perspectives to reflect
  • identify different means to aid reflection for experiential learning
GHEL1002 Team Work
Parallel thinking techniques for brainstorming, discussion, problem solving and decision-makingTeamwork is love and hate for many students. We enjoy learning and doing projects with companions who would share joy, thoughts and workload with us. Having a team to work together, we are empowered to accomplish a bigger project that is beyond a single person’s capacity. However there are moments that we seem to disagree with each other when we have to agree on something to move on. Conflicts in views and frustrations in getting other team members to agree with each other are hard to resolve. In this workshop, you will identify a different approach to engage the whole team to think in the same way without missing any perspectives. You will learn how to use the parallel thinking technique for brainstorming, discussion, problem solving and decision-making as a team. The ideas and techniques you will learn can be transfer to your group projects and future workplace.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify some major conflicts hindering team work
  • use a parallel thinking technique for brainstorming, discussion, problem solving and decision-making for team work and project
  • consider how to implement the technique into regular classroom learning and experiential learning activities
GHEL1003 Information & Communication Technologies for Situated Uses
Handy tools to useTechnologies are indispensable today. For experiential learning, a range of information and communication technologies can be used for teamwork, data collection, instant and asynchronous communication, real-time reporting, documentation, dissemination, presentation and publication. This workshop welcome all students who are interested in identifying available information and communication technologies to use for learning in particular in a out of classroom setting. Students who are proficient with ICT are also welcome to share with us your experience and advice. Some common hiccups and concerns with ICT use will also be discussed.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify and use available information and communication technologies for
    • instant, asynchronous communication and real-time reporting
    • basic data collection and analysis
    • team work: mind mapping, scheduling, collaborative writing, documentation
    • project report, presentation and publication
  • describe essential principles and concerns with the use of ICT such as privacy, culture and ethics.
  • be more aware of any possible hiccups concerning operating system and availability of network etc.
GHEL1004 Story Telling
A lot more you can earn by telling a good storyStory has a long history in human mankind. It has been used to share information and pass wisdom and heritage from generation to generation.  It is so interesting that human beings since their childhood get overjoyed at. It is so remarkable to record and leave traces of important incidents and events in human history for investigation and knowledge. It is a creative form of narrative to release imagination and give inspirations. The experiences, ideas and insights drawn from out-of-classroom learning experience could be retold in a form of story to deepen your learning. Your stories are your assets to be organized. They could be retrieved not only for reminiscences but evidence of your efforts, development, accomplishments and potential. In the workshop, students will learn both creatively and critically some techniques for story telling.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify the fun and power of story telling
  • critically review different ways of story telling
  • apply some effective and creative techniques for story telling
  • consider when and how to use stories fit for purposes
GHEL1005 Responsibility and Ethics
Help with impact but not harm Experiential learning usually means learning outside the classroom. Students will enter a specific context where they would usually meet and work with real people and perform real tasks. There would be a wide range of activities and services students may have to do. How to serve without overlooking some important aspects that may create conflicts, resentments or damages? Apart from acquiring and applying knowledge and skills, experiential learning is a remarkable opportunity for students to learn about ethics.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify major ethical issues and concerns in experiential learning
  • become more aware of possible adverse effects of their actions and activities in out-of-classroom contexts
  • develop better project plans and activities for service learning
GHEL1006 Sustaining the Passion and Impact
Your adventure is just beginningAmong many advantages of experiential learning, genuine impacts students may bring to people and organization in real life contexts should be most remarkable one. Students may have some insights and discoveries made from their services or learning experiences. They may also have established some connections with them. These learning outcomes could be assets for further development and turned into opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify available funds, professional supports for developing their projects and services
  • identify some organisations for internship, collaboration and career development
  • develop more interests in social entrepreneurship
GHEL1007 Safety & Security
I will be back    For experiential learning, students would be joining local and non-local activities. They may enter an unfamiliar environment or travel to places they are not familiar with. There could be dangers in physical environment, cultural difference and conflicts, concurrent socio-political movements and many different kinds of activities and contexts. Some of them can be avoided if students are well prepared while some may require students’ prior training for emergency. There are essential skills to acquire and more important a mindset to foresee and respond carefully to all possible dangers. Students would have to learn how to maintain effective communication and protocol as a well functioning team.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify possible dangers from both local and non-local learning activities
  • describe what essential information and preparation are needed before departure
  • develop essential skills and knowledge for keeping away from danger and tackling accidence and emergency
  • develop and maintain protocols for a well functioning team in experiential learning
GHEL1008 My Portfolio
A documentation, showcase and map of actions, aspirations and accomplishmentsLearning is not for assessment. So is assignment. Both learning and things you do and create during the course of learning are treasures illustrating your effort, ability, aspiration and potential. With a thoughtful organization, you may consolidate all evidence as a portfolio demonstrating your development and accomplishments to your teachers and prospective employers. Proactively you may use portfolios to aid you planning for your study, personal, social and career development. The portfolio could serve as a map indicating your progress and reminding you of the direction and goal to move on.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • identify effective use of portfolios for learning and development
  • describe what major elements are critical for effective and constructive use of portfolios
  • construct a portfolio with major structure for guiding learning and showcasing outcomes
  • use available technologies for developing a portfolio
GHEL1009  Construction Safety Training
Essential knowledge for visiting and working in a construction siteWhen it comes to practice you need more practical knowledge, so as to protect yourself and others. Before going to the project site, there are some necessary knowledge and information, which would ensure a safe and fruitful experiential learning experience for you and your team members, too. Hands on case studies would be included in this workshop – where you can be equipped by the real life encounters in the construction site.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • learn about Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance and Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance
  • attain basic concept of site safety, potential dangers of various construction works and accident prevention
  • be familiarized with personal protective equipment and correct application method
  • get hands on information about fire prevention and demonstration of fire fighting equipment
  • acquire knowledge on types and statistics of construction work injuries
  • get hands on information on cases regarding construction safety
GHEL1010  Personal Effectiveness for Non-local Activities
Getting your project done in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Experiential learning activities will encourage students to draw on their own experience, frame it in a new way, add layers of knowledge, and apply that learning in their upcoming non-local internships. This workshop equips students with a variety of practical intercultural effectiveness tools that will help them face ambiguous intercultural situations and create an open space for intercultural dialogue during their internship.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • prepare themselves for non-local activities, with basic knowledge in six main aspects of daily life, including clothing, diet, accommodation, transportation, health and emergency
  • learn about the importance of planning and preparation prior to having overseas trips
GHEL1011 Making Accurate and Attractive Documentaries
Fascinating your audience with facts and truth that matter to them In experiential learning projects you will need to present your ideas to different stakeholders, like your potential donors, co-workers, volunteers, etc. How would you deliver your ideas – in an accurate and attractive way, so as to rally their supports. In this workshop you will be exposed to different techniques in making your documentaries appealing to your audience.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • describe what documentaries are and guiding principles for production
  • make good interviews
  • learn to convey message through pictures and video
  • have basic camera and camcorder techniques
GHEL1012 Visual Communication
See the power of images through the way your capture and present them. Visual communication is appealing to your audience – to produce high quality visual communication material would definitely enhance your project’s professional image. This workshop would be an opportunity for you to learn more about visual communication techniques.

 Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • learn visual techniques for developing compelling visual stories
  • carry concepts and ideas for visual material applicable in the field
GHEL1013 Project Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Proposal Writing, action plan and team work

This workshop aims to help students to develop a holistic understanding of the key phases of project management life cycle. Students will gain basic knowledge for planning and controlling projects and understand communication strategies that drive successful community projects. Case studies and class exercises will be used to illustrate common challenges for project coordinators and importance to engage and gain support of stakeholders. The workshop will cover the basic tools, skills, and knowledge essential for managing a project in its inception, design, planning, implementation, and transition phases.

Workshop intended outcomes

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • explain and apply project cycle management models
  • outline essential components of a project proposal
  • describe various field assessment methods and tools
  • identify and define a project
  • describe different communication tools and strategies
  • plan and conduct an evaluation
GHEL1014 Disaster Management and survival training
There are important knowledge and skills for outdoor activities for safety and survival purposes.

There are important knowledge and skills for outdoor activities for safety and survival purposes. In collaboration with IHP, a series of workshop and a survival camp can be arranged to facilitate specific experiential learning activities and equip student participants. The workshop series will mainly be conducted outdoors and on activity based using experiential approach.

Workshop intended outcomes

3 workshops will be conduct to have some basic outdoor skills input before a survival camp.

On completing the workshop, students will be able to

  • Basic Hill walking, scrambling and climbing in natural terrain and identify the potential hazard of the natural environment and prevent injury when travelling and working in this environment.
  • Map reading and compass skills and be able to locate themselves and communicate with others about their own location.
  • Water hazard and survival swim skills, be able to improvise material for floating and travel in water without using proper water transportation devises and develop team works among the participants in facing challenging environments.

Survival Camp
On completing the workshop, students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills that have covered in the lectures and workshops in disaster scenarios presented to the participants and survive in a very primitive natural environmental setting by using basic equipment and resources.