Teaching and learning of science for modern undergraduate students: sharing from the University of Hong Kong

4 April 2018 (Wed) , 12pm - 1pm
At Classroom 16
Speaker(s): Jason Pun Chun Shing

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) at over 100 year old is the oldest higher education institution in Hong Kong.  The curriculum at HKU underwent a major reform in 2012 when the university education in Hong Kong changed from a 3-year to a 4-year system.  In the new curriculum for science students, we incorporated compulsive learning modules to give students a broad view of science in terms of its nature, its history, its fundamental concepts, its methodology, and its impact on civilization and society.  An integrated approach was adopted to introduce the general principles and unifying concepts to describe the diverse phenomena in the natural world and to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of science.  In this talk, I will introduce the current status and challenges of science education at HKU, highlighting the various teaching innovations in student-centered teaching practices.

Dr Jason Pun Chun Shing is currently Principal Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).  His research interest includes the astrophysics of supernovae, supernova remnants and X-ray binaries, neutrino and cosmic-ray physics, and light pollution.  Dr Pun is also an experienced teacher heavily engaged in university science education.  He had involved in the development of multiple new courses that range from specific discipline course in physics and astronomy to interdisciplinary courses which target both science and non-science students.  Since 2012, Dr Pun has served as the course coordinator for Fundamentals of Modern Science, a core science course required for all science students at HKU which adopts an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to introduce the students to the broad landscape of science.  Dr Pun has also been involved in multiple teaching projects, ranging from developing observational astronomy, promoting public interest in science through experimental science videos, developing first-year experience and initiating a peer-learning system for science students.