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Academic Advising Professional Development Workshop (Dec 2011)

Academic Advising Professional Development Workshop (Dec 2011)

Workshop Highlights

The Academic Advising Office and CEDARS invited Professor Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University, to host two academic advising professional development workshops for staff members on December 6 and 7, 2011.

Professor Hinkson served as the Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley for six years before joining Columbia. She had orchestrated the academic advising of over 18,000 undergraduate liberal arts students at Berkeley.

This series of development workshops were similar to the ones held in June 2011 which were also conducted by Professor Hinkson. The workshops covered the approaches, skills and practical tips of academic advising.

Workshop Highlights

  • 53 participants attended the workshops, including 44 teaching staff and 9 administrative staff.
  • Professor Hinkson gave two presentations on academic advising and served as facilitator of the case studies sessions.
  • Mrs. Tania Hui, Head of Academic Development and Quality Assurance Section, Registry, was invited to speak on the structure of the 3-Year and 4-Year undergraduate curricula.
  • Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS, Mr. Joe Poon, in-house lawyer and Ms Angela Lau, Equal Opportunity Officer, were invited to share their views on counseling, legal issues and equal opportunity issues respectively.
  • The workshops received very positive evaluation from participants. They found them very useful and practical.

Programme

  Tuesday December 6, 2011
(9:00 am to 1:30 pm)
KB 110, Knowles Building
Wednesday December 7, 2011
(9:00 am to 1:30 pm)
RR321, Run Run Shaw Building
Presentation I: Advising Foundations – Framework for Successful Advisors
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson
Presentation II: Undergraduate Curriculum Reform – 2010 Curriculum and 2012 Curriculum
Speaker: Mrs. Tania Hui
Presentation III: Developmental Advising – The Seated Teacher
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson
Case studies facilitated by Prof. Avis Hinkson

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Academic Advising Professional Development Workshop (Dec 6-7, 2011)

 

Academic Advising Professional Development Workshop
December 6-7, 2011

  • What does good academic advising look like?
  • Why is advising considered an extension of teaching?
  • How do I empower students to be well-informed decision makers?
  • What are the major issues in academic advising on campus?
  • And many more discussion topics with practical case studies …

This development workshop is designed for teaching staff who are engaged or interested in learning more about academic advising.

The workshop will be conducted by Professor Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University. Professor Hinkson served as the Director of Undergraduate Advising at the University of California-Berkeley for six years before joining Columbia. She had orchestrated the academic advising of over 18,000 undergraduate liberal arts students at Berkeley.

Date: December 6, 2011 (Tuesday) December 7, 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Venue: KB110, Knowles Building RR321, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker: Prof. Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College, Columbia University
Registration: Click here Click here

There will be interactive discussion and case studies to illustrate major issues in academic advising on campus. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Advising for first-year and senior students;
  • Developmental advising versus prescriptive advising;
  • Advising versus counselling;
  • Ethical and legal issues in advising;
  • Cultural competencies, gender dynamics and generational differences;
  • How to make the best use of student advisers

ALL Faculty Colleagues are Welcome!
(particularly those who were not able to join our June 2011 sessions)

For enquiries, please contact Mr Nelson Chau at 2219 4681 or Ms Wendy Yau at 2219 4685.

To learn more about our previous workshops in June 2011, please visit here.

Postgraduate Studies Workshop (Nov 2011)

 

Postgraduate Studies: Is it for me?
If so, when and where?

  • Do I have the academic skills to be successful in graduate school?
  • Is a graduate degree required for my professional plans?
  • Would I benefit by gaining work experience before pursuing graduate school?
  • How should I research my graduate school options?

This workshop will be held by the Academic Advising Office and is designed for senior year students in any faculty who are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies.

Highlights of the workshop include:

  • critically reviewing the advantages and disadvantages of postgraduate studies
  • exploring timelines and choices for postgraduate studies
  • knowing what HKU can offer
Date: 10 November 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: Meng Wah Complex T7
Speaker: Dr Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office

ALL are Welcome!

Click here to register

The Academic Advising Office (AAO) is staffed with an academic adviser and experienced administrators to guide students through academic planning. Academic advising is a developmental process in which students are provided with support in clarifying their academic, career and life goals, developing plans to achieve these goals, and evaluating their own progress. Students are welcome to make appointment with advisers in the AAO for one-on-one advice. To learn more about the service of AAO, please visit https://aao.hku.hk.

Taught Postgraduate Admission
Guide To Application For Admission (MPhil and PhD Studies) at HKU

First Year Seminars

First Year Seminars

The responses from students on the seminar have been overwhelming, so act fast and enroll now before it is full by clicking here.

First Year Seminar – Building Academic Success I

 

 

To: All first year undergraduate students

The First Year Seminar – Building Academic Success I

  • How can I get good grades and a good GPA?
  • What is academic success? What are the benchmarks in HKU and in the world?
  • What can I do if my first year results are not good?
  • Why were some students discontinued from their studies? Is there something we can learn from their experiences and do something to prevent this from happening to me?

Join the First Year Seminar – Building Academic Success I (course code: Ind006 of the CEDARS Induction Programmes 2011) if you wish to hear advices from Prof Anthony Yeh (Chairman of the Committee on Discontinuation), Prof Bennett Yim (Professor of the Faculty of Business and Economics) and Dr Otto Heim (Head of School of English) on the above questions. We have also invited several senior students to share with you their own experiences and tips on studying and making the best out of your university life.

The details of the Seminar are as follow:
Date: September 9, 2011 (Friday)
Time: 5:05 pm – 6:30 pm
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre
(located between the Run Run Shaw Building and the Runme Shaw Building)

The responses from students on the seminar have been overwhelming, so act fast and enroll now before it is full by clicking here.

For those who have already enrolled in the seminar, please note that the event will be held in the Rayson Huang Theatre (instead of Theatre 6 of the Meng Wah Complex). The venues of the other First-year seminars on Sept 14 (Building Academic Success II) and Sept 16 (Planning your Goal-directed Time Management Strategy) will remain unchanged at Theatre 6, Meng Wah Complex.

Academic Advising Office

Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU

Dear Students,

Orientate for a Smooth Start!
Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU
on September 6-7, 2011

A big welcome back after a long summer vacation! For those students who just join HKU this year, a hearty welcome on board! We hope all of you are now refreshed and re-energized to meet the new challenges in the coming year!

Semester start is always exciting – new courses, new professors and probably new classmates and hall mates. To help you find your way ahead and to introduce you to the variety of learning opportunities available at the University, the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) and the Academic Advising Office (AAO) will jointly organise the following event next week:

Activity: Pathfinding: Exhibition on Learning Opportunities at HKU
Date: September 6-7, 2011 (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Time: 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Sun Yat-sen Place

Different faculties and supporting units will showcase exciting learning opportunities available at HKU both inside and outside the classroom. We hope that you will get a better idea of how to plan your University life and know where to go for assistance should you need it.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Exhibition. Do come and join us and get our special gift!

 

Academic Advising Office (AAO)
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)

The Opening of the Academic Advising Office

 

The Opening of the Academic Advising Office

The Academic Advising Office is officially opened on September 1, 2011. Contact us at

Address: Room 07-08, Upper Ground Floor, Knowles Building, HKU
E-mail: aaoffice@hku.hk
Phone: 2219 4686
Website: https://aao.hku.hk

Do visit us and let us know if we can be of service to you !

Academic Advising Training Workshop (Aug 2011)

Academic Advising Training Workshop (Aug 2011)

Workshop Highlights

To cater for the need of potential student advisers who were not able to attend the Academic Advising Training Workshop in June 2011, the Academic Advising Office (AAO) and the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) organized a second training workshop for student advisers on August 19, 2011.

The workshop was hosted by Ms Katherine Wan, Head of Academic Advising Office and Dr. Eugenie Leung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment.

Workshop Highlights

  • 40 students from various faculties attended the Academic Advising Training Workshop
  • Topics covered include:
    • Structure of the University-wide Academic Advising System
    • Difference between Academic Advising and Counselling
    • What is Peer Advising
    • Roles of Student Advisers
    • Basic skills and tips for Student Advisers
  • Conducted in an interactive mode with discussion and case studies which were very well-received by the participants

Programme Rundown

Friday August 19, 2011 (2:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
Room 404, T.T. Tsui Building
2:30 pm-3:00 pm Academic Advising at HKU
~ Ms. Katherine Wan
(Head, Academic Advising Office, HKU)
3:00 pm-4:00 pm Case Studies – Skills and Challenges in Peer Advising (Interactive Workshop)
~ Dr. Eugenie Leung
(Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS, HKU)
4:00 pm-4:30 pm Q & A Session


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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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