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    OUHK moves towards outcome-based education

    Supported by a grant of over $1.9 million awarded by the Education Bureau in 2009, the OUHK has embarked on introducing outcome-based education (OBE) in its full-time, face-to-face programmes.

    As Prof. Ronnie Carr, the Project Leader and former Dean of the School of Education and Languages, explained: ‘An outcome-based approach shifts the focus from teaching to learning by making explicit what you expect your students to be able to demonstrate on completing a programme/course.’

    The Project Team, which was set up in May 2009, has carried out a wide range of activities, including: helping the University to develop its institutional outcomes; developing generic course-based learning outcomes; and running workshops/seminars to familiarize academic staff with the key aspects of an OBE approach. It has also worked closely with Programme Leaders and Course Coordinators in redeveloping programme and course documents for one programme and several courses in each school. In addition, four pilot courses adopting OBE in the January 2010 semester have been evaluated based on class visits, a student questionnaire, interviews with students and staff, and an analysis of the course assignments.

    Overall, although there were differences across the courses, the findings of the evaluation of the pilot courses may be viewed as positive. For example, the questionnaire responses showed that a very high proportion of students considered the list of outcomes to be useful and felt they had achieved them, in both cases at least ‘to some extent.’

    Prof. Carr stressed the need to ensure that programme and course outcomes are aligned with each other and with the University’s institutional outcomes, which are listed below:

    OUHK institutional outcomes

    The OUHK expects its graduates to be able to:

    • demonstrate competence academically and in related
      professional contexts;
    • show a commitment to lifelong learning;
    • think critically, analytically and creatively;
    • communicate effectively;
    • contribute constructively in teamwork and play a leadership role;
    • act as responsible citizens, ready to contribute to society; and
    • adopt a global outlook and appreciate cultural diversity.

    He added that, if well implemented, OBE benefits both teachers and students: ‘It helps teachers to select what to teach and the most appropriate teaching methods, learning tasks and assessment strategies; and it helps students to be clear about what they are meant to be achieving and monitor their progress.’

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