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General Education

24 June 2019

Good practice classified under: General Education Student Assessment

Applying multiple methods for evaluating GE courses
 

An institution employs multiple methods to evaluate teaching and learning outcomes of GE courses.  

 

Purpose

The purpose of this practice is to provide a comprehensive review and analysis of the GE programme so as to help improve its design and students’ learning outcomes. The evaluation methods include conducting (1) internal course reviews to assess if the implementation of the approved courses have aligned with the stipulated GE objectives and expectations; (2) entry-exit surveys  to evaluate  the students experience of  the teaching and learning components of the GE courses they studied, and their self-perceived performance over time; (3) focus group interviews to gain a better understanding of how the students reflect on their learning experience in the GE courses; and (4) narrative qualitative assessment of the students’ term papers to assess their critical thinking after taking the GE courses.   

 

Outcome

By applying the prescribed quantitative and qualitative methods to analyse the GE courses, a fuller picture of student learning performance can be obtained which helps identify the areas for improvement of the delivery of GE courses. 

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24 June 2019

Good practice classified under: General Education Programme Development

Guidelines and checklists for the design and implementation of General Education
 

An institution develops a set of guidelines and checklists to guide the development of General Education (GE) courses during the course development process.

 

Purpose

The purpose of this practice is to provide clear guidance for teaching staff to develop GE courses that meet the institution’s educational goals and mission. The guidelines set out the requirements for the design and implementation of GE courses which include (i) the objectives, expectations and desired characteristics of an institution’s GE (examples of desired characteristics); (ii) the non-discipline-specific contents and GE-specific learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities and the associated assessments, course registration restrictions, reading requirement in written assignments; and (iii) the approaches and institution-wide policies to coordinate and monitor the quality delivery of a GE course.  Review checklists (sample checklist) are also provided which serve as a self-evaluation tool to help assess whether the curriculum of the proposed and/or revised course has met the institution’s GE requirements.  

 

Outcome

The outcome of employing this practice is a clearer educational rationale and a more rigorous approach to the design and review of the GE curriculum.  

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24 June 2019

Good practice classified under: General Education Programme Development

A standing committee for ensuring the proper conduct of General Education
 

General Education (GE) has become a significant part of the curriculum in higher education in Hong Kong. An institution sets up a standing committee to assist its senate committee and administration units to review and supervise its general education programme.

 

Purpose

The purpose of this practice is to maintain a high standard of the GE programme to help respond to the changes of academic structure and the full development of the institution’s General Education. The main roles of the standing committee include (i) to examine the proposals for GE courses according to the objectives of the institution’s GE and the specific curriculum areas concerned, and to make recommendations for the approval of new GE courses (ii) to carry out regular review to revalidate the status of a GE course and (iii) to ensure that all GE courses are meeting the institution’s GE objectives, matching with GE desired characteristics and fitting in with the area specification of the institution’s GE programme.  Members of the standing committee provide their independent and impartial views on the GE proposals and recommendations for the senate committee’s consideration.  

 

Outcome

The standing committee has contributed to the maintenance of the academic standard of the institution’s GE programme and ensures that the approved courses are aligned with the stipulated GE objectives.

 

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