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Introduction to Teaching Programme (ITP) AY2016/2017

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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 who can effectively facilitate student learning in the VTC. The programme objectives are as follows:

    • improve teaching effectiveness 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
    • enhance awareness towards students’ mental health and diverse needs
    • 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 and professional education and training (VPET)
    • apply various learning and teaching approaches in order to cater for different learning styles and enhancing motivation
    • identify the link between modules, learning outcomes and assessment
    • motivate and manage student behaviours for effective learning and teaching
    • suggest appropriate strategies and support to cater for students’ mental health concern and diverse needs
    • reflect upon one’s philosophy of education as part of the professional development
    • build a learning community to promote collaborative 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 Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning 4
    5 Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students 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 Part 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 with 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;
      • relate learning and teaching practices with VTC’s teaching philosophy and qualifications framework; and
      • exchange ideas and develop mutual support on learning and teaching matters.
    • Module 2: Planning for an Active Class

      Coping with the changes in students’ learning styles, active and motivating 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; and
      • identify learning activities that help create an active and motivating 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 evaluate 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 explore some of the key considerations involved in assessment design.

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

      • explain how assessment design relates to curriculum and teaching design;
      • discuss some of the key considerations in assessment design; and
      • select assessment methods that are aligned with the intended learning outcomes.
    • Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning

      Effective classroom management strategies help create an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching. Practical motivation skills to facilitate learning and teaching will be introduced to provide participants with methods in managing their classes.

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

      • identify practical approaches to increase students’ learning motivation;
      • promote effective learning atmosphere through building good rapport with the students; and
      • suggest appropriate strategies to prevent and handle behavioural problems in VTC’s learning environment.
    • Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students

      This module aims to raise teachers’ awareness of the importance of mental health for students and their diverse learning needs.  It would equip teachers with skills, knowledge, and a positive attitude towards promotion of mental health for all students and enhance ability to cater for the diverse learning needs of students.  Real life cases and experience would be shared in the module for preparing teachers for a meaningful teaching journey in the VTC.

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

      • identify characteristics and detect early signs of mental concerns of students;
      • describe learning and teaching practices that promote positive mental health and effective learning for students with diverse learning needs ; and
      • discuss appropriate strategies and support to students with mental health concerns and diverse learning needs.
    • 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 Centre for Learning and Teaching’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; and
      • 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
    2016/09/19 (Monday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2016/10/05 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1103, VTC Tower
    2016/10/28 (Friday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2016/11/05 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1108, VTC Tower
    2017/02/14 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2017/02/23 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2017/03/04 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 1: Teaching in the VTC Room 1106, VTC Tower

     

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

    Date Time Event Location
    2016/10/03 (Monday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2016/10/12 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1106, VTC Tower
    2016/11/11 (Friday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1108, VTC Tower
    2016/11/12 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2017/03/02 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1103, VTC Tower
    2017/03/07 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1104, VTC Tower
    2017/03/11 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 2: Planning for an Active Class Room 1101, VTC Tower

     

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

    Date Time Event Location
    2016/10/17 (Monday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1108, VTC Tower
    2016/10/26 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2016/11/04 (Friday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1107, VTC Tower
    2016/11/19 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2017/02/28 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2017/03/09 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1104, VTC Tower
    2017/03/18 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 3: Learning and Assessment Room 1101, VTC Tower

     

    Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning (+ Copyright Issues in the VTC)

    Date Time Event Location
    2016/10/24 (Monday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2016/11/02 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1107, VTC Tower
    2016/11/18 (Friday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1108, VTC Tower
    2016/12/03 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2017/02/21 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2017/03/25 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1107, VTC Tower
    2017/03/30 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 4: Classroom Management for Motivation and Learning Room 1104, VTC Tower

     

    Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students (+ Support on Student Learning Needs in the VTC)

    Date Time Event Location
    2016/11/07 (Monday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1107, VTC Tower
    2016/11/16 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1102, VTC Tower
    2016/11/25 (Friday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2016/12/10 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1101, VTC Tower
    2017/03/21 (Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1107, VTC Tower
    2017/03/23 (Thursday) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1104, VTC Tower
    2017/04/22 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Module 5: Catering Mental Health Wellness and Diverse Learning Needs for Students Room 1108, VTC Tower

     

    Module 6: Teaching Reflection 

    Module 6

    Part A

    Extended Learning Activities
    31 Dec 2016 (Autumn Semester)
    30 Jun 2017 (Spring Semester)

    Part B

    Reflective Journal
    31 Dec 2016 (Autumn Semester)
    30 Jun 2017 (Spring Semester)

    or

    Class Observation
    Oct 2016 to Dec 2016  (Autumn Semester)
    Feb 2017 to Jun 2017  (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:

    Mr Eddie YU, Programme Leader
    Tel: 2836 1810
    E-mail: eddieyu@vtc.edu.hk

    Mr Hermus WONG, Programme Coordinator
    Tel: 2836 1033
    E-mail: hermusw@vtc.edu.hk

    Miss Blanche CHEUNG, Programme Support
    Tel: 2919 1559
    E-mail: cheung_blanche@vtc.edu.hk

 

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