Archive for June 2011

Academic Advising Professional Development Workshops (Jun 2011)

Academic Advising Professional Development Workshops (Jun 2011)

Workshop Highlights

The Academic Advising Office coordinates training opportunities for Advisers. The first training workshop for Advisers was conducted in early June 2011. The workshop was hosted by Professor Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University and former Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley.

The workshops for Faculty Academic Advisers and Faculty Administrators were organized by the Academic Advising Office (AAO) and the workshop for students was co-organized by AAO and CEDARS.

Workshop Highlights

  • 252 participants attended the Academic Advising Training Workshop from 8 June to 10 June, 2011, including 133 Faculty Academic Advisers, 50 Faculty Administrators and 69 students/hall representatives.
  • The workshop received very positive evaluation from participants.
  • Participants particularly find the case studies in the workshops interesting and useful.
  • The guest speaker Professor Avis Hinkson was highly regarded for her performance. Many participants would like her to visit the University again and conduct similar workshops.

Programme Rundown

  Wednesday June 8, 2011
(9:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
Thursday June 9, 2011
(9:30 am to 4:30 pm)
Room 403, T. T. Tsui Building
9:15 am–9:30 am Registration
9:30 am–11:00 am Presentation I: Advising Foundations — Framework for Successful Advisors
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University, former Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley
Topics Covered:

  • What is advising?
  • Highlight of Philosophy of Advising
  • How do advising and counselling differ
    • Empowering students as decision-makers
    • What does good advising look like
    • Advising tips
  • Developmental Advising
    • Developmental versus Prescriptive Advising
    • Benefits of Developmental Advising
  • Ethical and legal issues in Advising
    • Institutional Officers—Agency versus Advocacy
    • FERPA&PDPO
    • Confidentiality & Privacy
    • Due Process
11:00 am–11:15 am Tea Break
11:15 am–12:00 pm Case Studies and Q&A
12:00 pm–12:45 pm Undergraduate Curriculum Reform – 2010 Curriculum and 2012 Curriculum
Speaker: Mrs. Tania Hui, Head, Academic Development and Quality Assurance Section, Registry, HKU
12:45 pm –1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 pm–3:15 pm Presentation III: Developmental Advising – The Seated Teacher
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson
Topics Covered:

  • Advising as an extension of teaching
  • Student expectations
    • Clarifying goals / outcomes
    • Freshmen versus Seniors
    • Cultural Competencies
    • Gender Dynamics
    • Generational Differences
  • Differing Advising roles
    • Faculty Advisers- Academic exploration
    • Administrative Advisers- Policy framework
    • Peer Advisers- Paraprofessional guides
3:15 pm–3:30pm Break
3:30 pm–4:15 pm Case Studies and Q&A
4:15 pm– 4:30pm Concluding Remarks

Friday June 10, 2011 (9:15 am to 11:30 am)
Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
9:15 am–9:30 am Welcome and introduction on the role of the Academic Advising Office and CEDARS in Academic Advising
Speakers: Ms. Katherine Wan, Assistant Registrar, Academic Advising Office, HKU
Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS, HKU
9:30 am–10:15 am Presentation I: Undergraduate Curriculum Reform –2010 Curriculum and 2012 Curriculum
Speaker: Mrs. Tania Hui, Head,Academic Development and Quality Assurance Section, Registry, HKU
10:15 am–11:30 am Presentation II: Administrator as Adviser — Walking the tightrope…
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University, former Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley
Topics Covered:

  • Integrity of degree versus student advocacy
  • Communication of policies and expectations
  • What is best for the whole student population
  • Transparency of process for granting exceptions
  • Methods of problem solving
  • Facilitating conversations between families and students

(with case studies and Q&A)

Friday June 10, 2011 (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)
Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
1:00 pm–1:30 pm Presentation I: Academic Advising at HKU
Speaker: Ms. Katherine Wan, Assistant Registrar, Academic Advising Office, HKU
1:00 pm–2:45 pm Presentation II: Peer Advising – Academic Partnership
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University, former Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley. During her six years at the UC Berkeley, Professor Hinkson has orchestrated the academic advising of over 18,000 undergraduate liberal arts students and is an expert in student advising and development.

Topics covered:

  • Defining advising
  • Advising as a paraprofessional
  • Your experience versus the facts
  • Friendly versus friends
  • Seeking help when YOU need it
2:45 pm–3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm–4:30 pm Interactive Workshop:
Case Studies – Skills and Challenges in Peer Advising
Facilitator: Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS, HKU

(with Q&A)

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