The Centre for the Advancement of Outcomes-Based Education (CAOBE) presented the inaugural “Lingnan University Outstanding Contribution to Outcomes-Based Education Awards for 2014-15” to staff and students on 12 May. Faculty and student awards were presented to three teachers and three students respectively, who were recognised for having taken the initiative to be involved in a variety of quality and innovative outcomes-based education research or development, which has directly improved student outcomes.
Assistant Professor Preet Hiradhar of the English Department, together with two other teachers and two research assistants, initiated an action research project last semester on a large-scale core English course, which has directly led to refinement of the learning outcomes as well as the curriculum teaching and learning activities. On the other hand, Dr Carol Ma Hok-ka of the Office of Service-Learning has overseen some large-scale and longitudinal research into how service learning has impacted the achievement of learning outcomes in the local Hong Kong context, with corresponding recommendations for future action to be taken.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Ho of the English Department received her award for her ongoing work in founding and directing the new Student Consultant Program, which involves student consultants working with faculty partners to enhance the teaching and learning environment in their classrooms. This programme has proved to be transformative for all involved.
Three student consultants working with Prof Ho also received the “Outstanding Student Contribution to OBE Award”. Maggie Wong and Tiffany Yung, both final-year English students, and Vivian Lam, a second-year English major, were all recognised for their contributions to piloting the Student Consultant Program and serving as consultants.
More information and pictures of the awards and the ceremony can be found on the CAOBE website: http://tlc.ln.edu.hk/caobe/