pdfEstablishing Communities of Practice to Enhance Teaching and Learning: The Case at Hong Kong Baptist University

Wong, E., Cox, M. D., Kwong, T., Fung, R., Lau, P., Sivan, A. & Tam, V. C.

The authors describe the background of the development of communities of practice (CoPs) in publicly funded higher education institutions in Hong Kong. The opportunities and challenges faced by Hong Kong Baptist University in its CoP Initiative are explained in an attempt to share valuable experience and showcase good practices in a continuing endeavor to enhance teaching and learning quality at the University.

 

pdfThe Community of Practice Initiative at Hong Kong Baptist University: A Message From the Editors

      Wong, E, and Cox, M, (2016)

This special online-only issue of the Learning Communities Journal includes noteworthy contributions--indeed, breakthroughs--in the field of faculty learning communities (FLCs) and communities of practice (CoPs). For the first time, a hybrid model of an FLC/CoP has been designed, implemented, and assessed. The survey designed and implemented by Beach and Cox (2009), which has assessed the impacts of FLCs on members' educational development and their students' learning in the U.S., has been used again to measure the impacts of this hybrid FLC/CoP model. Direct comparisons have been made between FLC and hybrid FLC/CoP outcomes, and they are published in this issue. In addition, this issue contains the robust scholarship of teaching and learning that these hybrid FLC/CoPs have generated. Also of note, this project has taken place in Hong Kong, providing an international perspective and application of the FLC model in a different culture.

            

pdf A Community of Practice to Assess Students’ Teamwork Skills in a Team-Based Learning Setting

Lau, P. & Kwong, T. (2016)

This article reports a research study in a community of practice (CoP) at Hong Kong Baptist University. A subgroup of the CoP piloted the Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness Survey to measure students' teamwork skills development in a co-curricular project adapted to the team-based learning (TBL) approach. This study adopted a mixed-methods approach that involved quantitative and qualitative data. The article also discusses other possible tools for assessing teamwork skills. Several features of effective TBL are summarized in order to assist further implementation in academic courses.

 

pdf Service Learning for Whole Person Education in Chinese Medicine Developed by a Community of Practice

Zhang, H. Q., Cheung, C. H., Tu, F., Huang, F. L., O, L., Song, L., Xu, G., Law, H., Chong, K., & Yue, K. K. M. (2016)

This article reports the progress on Whole Person Education in Medical Services as developed by a community of practice (CoP) in the School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). This CoP focused on service learning comprising a series of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities that foster HKBU's Graduate Attributes (GAs), in particular, citizenship, creativity, communication, and teamwork. Direct and indirect evidence from both faculty members and students are encouraging in that students are learning more effectively due to more proactive involvement with higher levels of service spirit and devotion. Faculty members have been revamping teaching practices, and their self-reported changes show that the work of the CoP is benefiting teaching and learning.

 

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pdfEstablishing Communities of Practice to Enhance Teaching and Learning: The Case at Hong Kong Baptist University
Wong, E., Cox, M. D., Kwong, T., Fung, R., Lau, P., Sivan, A. & Tam, V. C.
The authors describe the background of the development of communities of practice (CoPs) in publicly funded higher education institutions in Hong Kong. The opportunities and challenges faced by Hong Kong Baptist University in its CoP Initiative are explained in an attempt to share valuable experience and showcase good practices in a continuing endeavor to enhance teaching and learning quality at the University.
 
 
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Communities of Practice can support many needs within an academic institution. Interested UIC faculty members can explore more resources and engage in discussion by enrolling in the Teaching and Learning Support iSpace course page by using the self-enrolment key: "Expo".

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