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EXPO 2019/20 - Keynote Addresses


Professor LAU Tat Ming, Darwin 

Recipient of the 2019 UGC Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members) 

Recipient of the University Education Award 2019 (Early Career) 

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering 


Professor Darwin LAU is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, CUHK. He received his PhD in robotics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Melbourne in 2014. His research interests include robot kinematics and dynamics, cable-driven robots, biorobotics and construction robots. Professor LAU believes that hands-on and experiential learning are important elements within the education of engineering students. Through the teaching through "hands-on robotic lectures", student robotics competitions, final year projects and development of prosthetics for those in needs, the goal is to increase the students' interest, motivation, relevance to the real world and eventually to improve their learning outcomes. Professor LAU received the Dean's Exemplary Teaching Award, Vice Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award, University Education Award (Early Career) and the UGC Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members) in 2019.     


28 July 2020 (Tuesday)


Hands-On Lectures and Activities for Enriched Experiential Learning 

- Video



In this presentation, I will share my endeavours and experiences in providing a richer hands-on learning experience for our engineering students. With a STEP (student-teacher-experience-peer) ideology, this approach has been applied both within and outside the classroom, from interactive hands-on lectures where students directly learn robot theory with robots, to capstone projects and competitions, and even real-world projects to help amputee patients in need. These experiential activities not only arouse student interest to their studies, making it more fun and enjoyable, but also aim to improve the student learning outcomes.

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Recipients of the 2019 University Education Award (Team) 


Team led by Dr LEUNG Fung-lin Elean with Professor SUM Kim-wai Raymond, Mr YUEN Pak-yan Bryan, Mr TANG Tsz-ming and Mr HO Wai-keung as team members 


Keynote Speakers 


Dr LEUNG Fung-lin Elean 

Recipient of the 2019 University Education Award (Team) 

Director, Physical Education Unit 

Associate Dean of Students, New Asia College 


Professor SUM Kim-wai Raymond 

Recipient of the 2019 University Education Award (Team) 

Associate Professor, Department of Sports Science and Physical Education 


Mr YUEN Pak-yan Bryan 

Recipient of the 2019 University Education Award (Team) 

Assistant Director, 

Senior Lecturer, Physical Education Unit 

Presentation Title

Nurturing a Physically Literate Life Journey 

- Video



CUHK is privileged to be the only university in Hong Kong offering credit bearing Required Physical Education (RPE) Programme with quality courses that cover 19 sports items. Boasting a wide spectrum of Sports for All activities, the PE of CUHK aims to enhance the holistic health and well-being of students, as well as the citizens of Hong Kong, China and beyond.  


The team from Faculty of Education assumes a leading role in designing the Sport Education curriculum for university students, and developed an innovative student-oriented pedagogy, which encourages students to share the responsibility during lessons. This instructional model is associated with better development of physical literacy, casting a significant impact on students’ lifelong physical activity, motivation, confidence and intellectual growth. 


Furthermore, the RPE Programme has engaged in technological support to supplement classroom teaching, and courses are designed to cater for the diverse needs, interests, and abilities of students. 


Dr LEUNG Fung-lin Elean received her PhD from the Faculty of Education of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is currently the Director of Physical Education Unit of CUHK and the Associate Dean of Students of New Asia College. She has been teaching the required Physical Education courses for more than twenty years. She is the recipient of the 2019 University Education Award (Team), twice recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award in 2002 and 2017, Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2017. Her research interests include the efficacy of the internet for physical activity promotion among university students and physical activity promotion on university campus. 



Professor SUM Kim-wai Raymond is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received the B.Ed degree in physical education from the National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, in 1991, the M.P.E. degree in Athletic Administration from Springfield College, U.S.A. in 1992, and the Ed.D. degree from Leicester University, U.K. in 2009. 


Raymond’s research interests include the topic of 1) physical literacy and its application in different populations; 2) professionalization of physical education teachers and their learning communities; and 3) elite athletes' career and their lives.  



Mr YUEN Pak-yan Bryan received his M. S. degree in Biomechanics and B. P. E. degree from Springfield College, U.S.A. in 1993 and 1991 respectively. He is currently the Assistant Director / Senior Lecturer of Physical Education Unit of CUHK. He has been teaching the required Physical Education courses for more than twenty-five years. He is the recipient of the 2019 University Education Award (Team), three times recipient of the Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award in 2000, 2003 and 2010. His research interests include the test and measurement of physical fitness for university students.

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Professor Sidharth JAGGI 

Recipient of the University Education Award 2019 

Associate Professor, Department of Information Engineering 



Professor Sidharth Jaggi has been with the Chinese University since 2007, and is currently an  Associate Professor in the Department of Information Engineering. 


He is a recipient of various Department and Faculty Teaching Awards, and is a CUHK University Education Awardee in 2019. The theme of Professor Jaggi’s T&L philosophy is a novel market-driven framework to supercharge flipped classrooms – a key insight is that carefully designed market-style incentives coupled with appropriate graded learning activities can be used to create virtuous cycles of positive behaviours among students, and create a community of learning. He has been a leader at spreading lessons from this approach within the Chinese University (giving talks on T&L pedagogy, helping set up a community of practice, and helping other faculty members who try aspects of his T&L methods) and worldwide (via talks at and pedagogical research projects with other universities such as MIT, media interactions, and academic papers on pedagogical methods). Some of his innovative T&L strategies have found their way into classes taught by his colleagues in the Department and the Faculty, other Faculties such as Law and ELTU, and indeed even faculty in other institutions such as Rutgers, and IIT Bombay.  He has been awarded 4 T&L grants to develop his novel T&L methodologies. He has also collaborated with CUHK’s English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU)’s English Across the Curriculum (EAC) project to use bolster students’ written and spoken communication skills in thesis projects – this collaboration is now used as a model of collaboration in capstone projects both within and outside CUHK. 


He is also an award-winning researcher in the technical field of Information Theory, dealing with the mathematics of the fundamental limits of information storage, compression, storage, processing and security – he is particularly known in this field for the eponymous “Jaggi-Sanders” Algorithm, for his work on network coding, group testing, covert communication, and adversarial channels. 


28 July 2020 (Tuesday)



Fully-Flipped Fully-Online Classes: Leveraging Incentives to Create Online Communities of Learning

- Video



This talk will narrate the speaker's recent experiences in teaching a fully-flipped fully-online freshman linear algebra class (65 students) for gifted students that incorporated: 


  • pre-recorded videos and automated interactive exercises

  • real-time small-group problem-solving

  • peer-to-peer teaching

  • small-group projects and poster presentations

  • a fully-online multi-phase exam (incorporating both individual and group-based problem-solving)


Attendance was always over 95% despite morning class, and both student enthusiasm (measured by surveys) and performance (measured by assessment) was comparable to previous live versions of the same class taught by the speaker. Key to this successful offering was a framework for careful design of incentives to instantiate desired community behaviour positively impacting specific learning activities -- the speaker will highlight this framework with multiple examples. 

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