Teaching and Learning Centre
What is TOTAL?
‘Transforming Outcomes Through Action Learning’ Teacher Experience (‘TOTAL Programme’)
The TOTAL is a highly recognised teaching and learning enhancement programme by both faculties and students from its inception in 2016/ 17 at Lingnan. With TLC’s facilitations, faculties appreciate the TOTAL programme enables them to reflect their teaching practices through structural collection of feedback on student learning progress, so as to better support student learning. Students commends that they become more aware of the teaching methods and know how they can achieve more during classes. Since the University’s full implementation of Outcome-based Approach to Teaching and Learning (OBATL) in 2017/18, the focus of the TOTAL has been revamped by TLC to assist new teachers to adapt to our liberal arts education environment, it provides our participating teachers with a helpful, caring and interactive environment/ community for them to systematically examine the student learning progress and then take appropriate action to enhance student learning. Lasting a semester, the process of the TOTAL is summarized as follows:
(1) Choose one Intended Learning Outcome (ILO) from your participating course(s), based your academic discretion;
(2) Collect the feedback on the student learning progress from your observations, your students and relevant assignment(s);
(3) Prepare and implement your action plan based on the student learning progress;
(4) Collect further feedback on the effectiveness of your action.
As token of encouragement to the participants’ enthusiasm in teaching enhancement, TLC has pleasure to offer them an one-off incentive of HK$4,000, payable upon the completion of the whole programme.
Comments from Participating Students
"Because it allowed the professor to understand what we found difficulties, the reflection worked as a bridge for communication with the professor. So he adapts to our needs and makes us understand the content better."
"It helped me to reflect myself whether I have any questions about what I have learnt and then I will study the notes again."
Comments from Faculty Members
Professor Mark McGinley
Director of Core Curriculum
and General Education Office,
Head of Science Unit
"I think that I have benefited greatly from this process. I reflect a great deal about my teaching but this project has given me a more structured approach that will more likely result in practical strategies to improve teaching effectiveness … Colleagues can learn to reflect more usefully about their teaching by combining structured reflection with structured feedback from students … this project can be useful to both new and experienced teachers … Regular feedback from students has been especially valuable for me as I gain experience teaching inHong Kong. "
"This program is a nicely designed and implemented program, and the results should be presented to other colleagues so that they learn about the usefulness of this action research approach … I have learned about how to use action research to identify problems in how I teach and to develop appropriate solutions to address the problems. I think that this is a useful tool."
"The program encouraged me to see my own teaching from the student perspective. Comparing my own reflection with the student comments was useful to me in terms of noting the discrepancies that emerged. The project certainly improved my ability to see classes from their viewpoint … It has made me more committed to gathering and making use of more in-course feedback … It helped me to understand more about how I may be able to achieve certain outcomes and how I need to alter my teaching methods to ensure certain outcomes are being met … In fact it should really be mandatory for all colleagues."
Professor Jonathan Fong
Assistant Professor, Core
Curriculum & General Education
Office, Science Unit
"This will help me make better (more clear, concise, targeted) learning outcomes for my courses. And this will help me with making a better syllabus—making sure my lectures more evenly address the learning outcomes."
The TOTAL Toolkit:
1. TOTAL Programme Outline
- 2018/19 Term 1
- 2018/19 Term 2 (pending)
Programme Coordinator: Dr. King Chong
Phone: (+852) 2616 7584