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Professional Development Symposium: Reflections on Pedagogy in the 21st Century

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  • Date3 June 2021
  • Time9:15 a.m. – 5:10 p.m.
  • VenueOnline (Zoom)


In view of THEi's vision to foster Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in the midst of the changing landscape of higher education, the 1st General Education Symposium will be held on 3 June 2021. In addition to several talks on a range of topics, the Symposium will feature a keynote speaker and a guest speaker who will share their creative ideas and thought-provoking insights on the current and future states of education. Our keynote speaker, Dr Benny NG, Assistant Professor of Los Angeles Pierce College, will discuss gamification and its future applications in General Education as education-related computerized games have become pivotal in engaging and assessing students. He will propose innovative ways for incorporating games into teaching to enhance students’ engagement in self-directed learning beyond classrooms and textbooks.


Professor Benny NG


Our guest speaker, Mr. Matthew TANG, is the Chief Executive Officer of CLPS and a senior Information Technology manager with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. His presentation, entitled "Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times: A Critical Reflection on Big Data and its Application", will explore the possibility of applying big data to General Education curricula. Mr. TANG will further delineate and expound on the benefits and drawbacks as well as the opportunities and threats of big data analytics, resulting in some suggestions on how to strengthen students’ digital literacy in the 21st century.


Mr Matthew TANG


If you are interested in the symposium, please register through the QR code or click here.

1st Professional Development Symposium


The Schedule of the 1st Professional Development Symposium: Reflections on Pedagogy in the 21st Century 

09:15 - 09:35

Opening Remarks

Prof Christina HONG, President/THEi

09:40 - 10:20

Keynote Presentation:

Gamification and its Future Use on General Education

Prof. Benny NG,  Los Angeles Pierce College

(Moderator: Mr. Sonny CHOY, THEi)

10:20 - 10:35

Q & A Session

10:35 - 10:50


Session 1:

Pedagogical Strategies: Discussion, Personalised Learning and/or Small Group Discussion

(Moderator: Dr. Svetlana CHIGAEVA-HEDDAD, THEi)


10:55 - 11:10

Presentation 1:

Continuous Feedback on Teaching: Why and How



11:15 - 11:30

Presentation 2:

Thinking and Learning Internationally in General-Education Science Courses

Dr. Wing Hung WONG and Dr. Kam Moon PANG, CUHK

11:35 - 11:50

Presentation 3:

The Development of Evidence-based Professional Competence Assessment Framework in Design Professional Practice by Applying Dreyfus’s Levels of Expertise Model

Dr. Benson CHEUNG, THEi

11:50 -12:05

Q & A Session

12:05 - 13:30 Lunch time

Session 2: 

Classroom Innovation: Technology and Online Teaching under Covid-19

(Moderator: Dr. Paul TSANG, THEi)


13:40 - 13:55

Presentation 4:

Experiential Learning Online: Practicing Mindfulness for Understanding Classics and Sustainability

Dr. Sandy Wan Heng HOI, Dr. Esther Wing Yu WONG, Dr. Julie Chu Lee CHIU, Dr. Kenneth Ming LI, Dr. Cherry To Kam LAM, Dr. Sing Wing LUI and Dr. Damian Wai Pang CHENG, CUHK

14:00 - 14:15

Presentation 5:

Blockchain: A Timely Introduction of Interactive, Online, Role Play Approach in the midst of Covid-19 Pandemic

Dr. Angus LAW, THEi

14:20 - 14:35

Presentation 6:

Caring Pedagogy Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic - Creating a Supportive Learning “Communitas” for Students in English Education in the New Normal

Mr. Piers KUAN, THEi

14:40 - 14:55

Q & A Session

15:00 - 15:15

Presentation 7:

Incorporating Online Tools in Planning and Delivering EAP and ESP Lessons

Ms. Cecily CHAN, THEi 

15:20 - 15:35

Presentation 8:

Education in the Digital Age

Ms. Yassmine BENALLA and Mr. Oliver MARPOLE, THEi


15:40 - 15:55

Q & A Session

16:00 - 16:10


16:15 - 16:55

Special Talk:

Seeking Certainty in Uncertain Times: A Critical Reflection on Big Data and its Application

Mr. Matthew TANG, CEO of CLPS

(Moderator: Dr. Paul TSANG, THEi)

16:55 - 17:10

Q & A Session