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Introduction to Teaching Programme (ITP) AY2014/2015

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  • About the Programme

    The Introduction to Teaching Programme (ITP) is offered by the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT). This 24-hour programme will equip the teaching and instructing staff with basic and essential skills in teaching.

     

    Target Participants

    The programme is designed for all newly-joined teaching and instructing staff, or teaching and instructing staff within the first year of service in the Vocational Training Council (VTC).

     

    Aims and Objectives

    The programme aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become professional teachers in the VTC who can effectively facilitate student learning, and the programme objectives are as follows:

    • improve teaching performance through better facilitation skills and classroom management skills
    • devise appropriate teaching and learning strategies to evaluate student learning and align the assessment with learning outcomes
    • value oneself as a teacher and approach teaching in a reflective and meaningful way
    • be more attuned to VTC’s philosophy about learning and teaching

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the programme, participants would be able to:

    • describe the mission and vision, structure and learning and teaching culture in the VTC
    • explain the current educational issues in Hong Kong relating to vocational education and training (VET)
    • adopt various learning and teaching approaches in order to cater for different learning styles
    • identify the link between courses, learning outcomes and assessment
    • manage student behaviour in VTC’s learning environment
    • reflect upon one’s philosophy of education as part of the professional development
    • build a learning community to promote mutual support and share good learning and teaching practices

     

  • Programme Structure

    The programme comprises six modules, with five taught modules and a module to reflect on participants’ learning and teaching (See Table 1). Except for Module 6 “Teaching Reflection”, each module is equivalent to three hours of class contact and an hour of extended learning activities, with a total of 20 notional hours, while Module 6 comprises four hours of extended learning activities. The total number of notional hours is 24.

    Table 1: Programme Structure
    Module Topic Hours
    1 Teaching in the VTC 4
    2 Planning for an Active Class 4
    3 Learning and Assessment 4
    4 Engaging and Motivating Students 4
    5 Managing Classroom Behaviour 4
    6 Teaching Reflection 4

     

    Mode of Delivery

    Our modules include lectures, discussions and group work. In some areas, computer-based learning technology is also used so as to accommodate different participants’ needs.

    Completion Requirement

    To complete the programme, participants must attend Modules 1 to 5. Participants are also required to complete both Parts A and B for Module 6. A certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of the above requirements.

  • Module Descriptions

    • Module 1: Teaching in the VTC

      This module aims to provide new teachers an overview of VTC’s provisions and curriculum design in relation to VTC’s mission and vision. It also provides participants with the information, academic procedures and practical strategies about teaching in the VTC. By introducing VTC’s learning and teaching philosophy, this module also looks into students’ characteristics in order to align their prior learning background to the curriculum for a better learning and teaching experience.

      On completion of the module, participants would be able to:

      • summarise facts about VTC’s structure, provisions and curriculum design
      • describe the characteristics of teachers and students as well as students’ prior learning background in various programmes
      • illustrate VTC’s teaching philosophy with examples of good practices in their daily practice
      • nurture a learning environment to exchange ideas and promote mutual support on learning and teaching matters

       

    • Module 2: Planning for an Active Class

      Coping with the changes in students’ learning styles, active learning experience would be implemented in classroom so as to help achieve the intended learning outcomes. This module gives participants a taste of active learning in which they could be aware of its importance. The holistic approach as well as some learning activities in planning for an active class would also be introduced.

      On completion of the module, participants would be able to:

      • describe the importance of active learning in relation to student’s learning styles
      • plan for an active class in a holistic approach
      • identify learning activities that help create an active learning environment

       

    • Module 3: Learning and Assessment

      Assessment is the process of collecting evidence and making judgment on whether the learning outcomes have been achieved. Effective assessment is inseparable from good learning and teaching. Teachers normally employ different approaches in assessment so that they could understand students’ progress, as well as evaluating their own learning and teaching. This module aims to bring about the importance of a well thought out selection of assessment methods that are aligned with the intended learning outcomes at the module level, and discuss techniques in designing assessment tasks.

      On completion of the module, participants would be able to:

      • explain how assessment design relates to curriculum and teaching design
      • select assessment methods that are aligned with the intended learning outcomes
      • design effective assessment tasks to align the intended learning outcomes

       

    • Module 4: Engaging and Motivating Students

      Motivating students to learn is a way of teaching that involves a repertory of skills. This module aims to equip participants with basic motivation concepts and skills to engage and motivate students in learning. Practical engaging and motivating skills to facilitate learning and teaching will be introduced.

      On completion of the module, participants would be able to:

      • describe major motivation theories of learning and teaching
      • adopt appropriate strategies to communicate effectively with students
      • communicate expectations to students using feedback

       

    • Module 5: Managing Classroom Behaviour

      One of the challenges to a new teacher is classroom behaviour management. Effective classroom management skills boost the learning atmosphere and benefit both teachers and students. On the contrary, ineffective classroom management skills may turn the classroom into an unpleasant place which burns the teachers out and lowers students’ learning effectiveness. Through theory, discussion and case analysis, this module aims to equip participants with some insights and skills in managing classroom behaviour.

      On completion of the module, participants would be able to:

      • explain the reasons for behavioural problems
      • identify ways to create a favourable climate for cooperation
      • handle behavioural problems in VTC’s learning environment

       

    • Module 6: Teaching Reflection

      The aim of this module is to provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on the challenging issues encountered in the first few months of their teaching in the VTC, and how they could apply the skills learnt from this programme to tackle these challenges. Participants are required to complete a self-arranged activity to integrate what they have learnt throughout the programme.

      Participants may choose ONE of the following options:

      • to write up a reflective journal; OR
      • to arrange a class observation session to exchange teaching tips and feedback with CLT’s professional staff.

       

      On completion of the module, participants would be able to:

      • create their own learning records containing information on the qualities and skills
      • apply theories and teaching strategies learnt in participants’ own teaching environment
      • reflect upon one’s philosophy of education as part of the professional development

       

  • Module 1: Teaching in the VTC (+ Arrangement of ITP)

    Date Time Event Location
    2015/01/13 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm ITP Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room TBC, VTC Tower
    2015/01/29 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm ITP Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room TBC, VTC Tower
    2015/02/28 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm ITP Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room TBC, VTC Tower

     

    Module 2: Planning for an Active Class (+ Introduction to e-Learning@VTC)

    No Events

     

    Module 3: Learning and Assessment (+ VTC Quality Assurance System)

    No Events

     

    Module 4: Engaging and Motivating Students (+ Copyright Issues in the VTC)

    No Events

     

    Module 5: Managing Classroom Behaviour (+ Support on Student Learning Needs in the VTC)

    No Events

     

    Module 6: Teaching Reflection

    Module 6 Part A Extended Learning Activities
    30 June 2015 (Spring Semester)
    Part B# RJ Reflective Journal
    30 June 2015 (Spring Semester)
    CO

    Class Observation
    January to June 2015 (Spring Semester)

  • Forms

    Autumn Semester – Nomination Form

    Spring Semester – Nomination Form

  • FAQ

    • Who is eligible to enrol for the programme?

    The programme is designed for all newly-joined teaching and instructing staff, or teaching and instructing staff within the first year of service in the VTC in IVE, SBI, HKDI, YC, HITDC/CCTI, Pro-Act Centres and Shine Skills Centres.

     

    • Is it necessary for SHAPE colleagues to enrol for the ITP programme?

    As endorsed by VETAB at its meeting held on 27 May 2009, starting from AY 2009/2010, all newly-recruited full-time teaching and instructing staff in IVE, SBI, HKDI, YC, HITDC/CCTI, Pro-Act Centres and Shine Skills Centres are required to attend the Introduction to Teaching Programme (ITP) offered by the CLT within the first year of service with the VTC.

    SHAPE colleagues could enrol for the programme in their needs.

     

    • Are there any exemptions offered if I have obtained other teaching or training qualifications?

    No exemption for the whole programme is accepted, as the programme is specially designed in the VTC context.

     

    • Are there any exemptions if I have taken some of the modules of ITP before AY 2010/2011?

    No exemption is granted if you have just taken some of the modules of ITP before AY2009/2010, as the programme framework has been revamped starting since AY 2009/2010.

     

    • Do I need to attend the programme if I am on term employment terms?

    Newly-recruited full-time teaching and instructing staff on both NRP and Term employment terms working in IVE, SBI, HKDI, YC, HITDC/CCTI, Training and Development Centres and Skills Centres are required to attend the programme.

     

    • If I have the ITP certificate issued by the CLT or former TLC, do I need to complete any ITP programmes offered?

    It is not necessary for you to complete any ITP programmes offered.

     

    • I am working full-time as teaching staff in the VTC starting from August 2009. Do I need to attend the programme?

    No, but all teachers who are interested in the programme are welcome to attend our class.

     

    • If I have worked as a part-time teacher in the VTC for over 1 year, do I need to take the ITP programme?

    You are still required to take the ITP programme.

     

    • If I change my posting from IVE(ST) to IVE(MH), do I need to take the programme?

    It is not necessary if you are a teaching staff with over one year of service.

     

    • I can check VTC emails yet I cannot logon to the Moodle platform. This forbids me to access the ITP extended learning activities. What should I do?

    Please visit our Moodle Resources Website if you still encounter access problems.

     

  • Contacts

    For enquiries, please contact us for details:

    Dr Ricky Ng, Programme Leader
    Tel: 2836 1237
    E-mail: rickyng@vtc.edu.hk

    Ms Annie Lau, Programme Coordinator
    Tel: 2836 1312
    E-mail: lau_annie@vtc.edu.hk

    Ms Gloria Chung, Programme Support
    Tel: 2919 1557
    E-mail: gloriac@vtc.edu.hk

 

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