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INTRODUCTION



The Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) is widely recognised for its distinctive education that prepares young people with the innovative and creative thinking skills that the 21st century demands, and balances academic excellence with the development of the whole person. We are committed to preparing graduates to serve Hong Kong and beyond through studies grounded in community connectedness.






What is Service-Learning?



Service-learning has been identified as a high-impact educational practice that can effectively prepare students for citizenship, work, and life (Kuh, 2008). It differs from other forms of experiential learning in that it integrates community service with academic learning, and places equal emphasis on providing benefits to students and their community (Furco, 1996). It engages students in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for students to reflect on their intended learning outcomes (Jacoby, 1996).







Centre for Innovative Service-Learning



HKBU endeavours to further develop service-learning and provide at least one opportunity for every willing student to participate by 2023. To realize this plan, the University has established the Centre for Innovative Service-learning (CISL) in December 2017 to connect academic departments to community partners, facilitate the formation of interdisciplinary teams, and provide appropriate training and support for students and staff.

CISL is committed to supporting the development of Service-Learning opportunities that meet community needs, and foster social changes. Through planning, execution, and reflecting service experience, we endeavour to deliver the best student experience to enhance whole-person development, promote civic engagement and ethics, and instil in students a sense of purpose.








People



Dr Kevin Yue
Honorary Director
kkmyue@hkbu.edu.hk
3411 2468
Ms Cindy Chan
Director
cindychan@hkbu.edu.hk
3411 7412
Mr Chan Yiu Sun
Senior Project Officer
sunchan@hkbu.edu.hk
3411 7233
Mr Andrew Wang
Project Officer
chwang@hkbu.edu.hk​
3411 2069
Mr Donald Chu
Project Officer
donaldchu@hkbu.edu.hk
3411 7347
Ms Kiki Chan
Project Assistant
kikicwk@hkbu.edu.hk
3411 2472


Community of Practice for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education (CoP-SLHE)

About

Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions is a UGC-funded project. It adopts a multifaceted approach that will fill in the gaps and build up capacity in Service-Learning (SL) in Hong Kong Universities. Participating institutions includes The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK), and Lingnan University (LU).
Led by HKBU, Community of Practice for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education (CoP-SLHE) on SL is formed to promote sharing of experiences among SL practitioners and interested staff from all UGC-funded institutions to support social, collective learning opportunities.


Mission and Aims

CoP-SLHE aims to establish a network of staff with a common interest in SL to:

  1. Encourage and support SL practitioners in HK higher education to further develop their understanding of and competence in SL;

  2. Foster inter-institutional collaboration on SL projects and sharing of expertise among the institutions;

  3. Provide a platform for members to discuss relevant issues, to develop insights and good practices, and to put enhanced ways of SL into practice;

  4. Provide a platform (in the format of symposia) to disseminate resources produced in CoP-SLHE ; and

  5. Manage and store knowledge generated by CoP-SLHE in a regular and sustainable way.

People

Core members of CoP-SLHE are responsible for setting directions and driving CoP-SLHE, and recruiting and engaging other members.

Core members
  Dr. Kevin Yue, Honorary Director, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
  (Convenor, Community of Practice for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education)
  Ms. Cindy Chan, Director, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
  Ms. Constance Chan, Service-Learning Teaching Fellow, Office of Service-Learning, LU
  Mr. Chan Yiu Sun, Senior Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
  Mr. Donald Chu, Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
  Ms. Alison Ip, Service-Learning Officer, Office of Service-Learning, PolyU
  Ms. Leung Ka Wai, Lecturer I, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, EduHK
  Mr. Kenneth Lo, Service-Learning Officer, Office of Service-Learning, PolyU
  Dr. Bernard Tam, Senior Research Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, EduHK
  Dr. Andrew Wang, Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU


Events

Past

Date

Title

Presenter(s) / Speaker(s)

Video

Resources

20 March, 2018

Action Research and the Good Practice

Dr. Timothy Stanton, Stanford University, U.S.

 

 

3 May, 2018

Making an Impact on Student Learning and Communities: My passion in Service-Learning

Dr. Judy Yeh, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

 

 

4 May, 2018

Enhancing Service-Learning Outcomes through Application of Effective Group Dynamics

Dr. Judy Yeh, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

 

 



Resources

Action Research Support Programme


Join Us
Membership Benefits

CoP-SLHE members are entitled to the following benefits:

  1. support programme for SL action research;

  2. participation in SL capacity building workshops, seminars, sharing sessions and symposia;

  3. support from CoP-SLHE to experiment new ideas and collaborations on SL subjects/projects, and

  4. access to SL teaching and learning resources.

Eligibility
Any teachers, non-teaching staff and student associates who are interested or involved in the work of SL are welcome to join.


Application Method
Please fill in the Membership Application Form HERE. There is no membership fee and application deadline.

For students:
CoP-SLHE core members and associate members will nominate students who have significate contributions in SL at their universities to become student associate members.



Contact us

Donald Chu
Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
Tel: 3411 7347
Email: cisl@hkbu.edu.hk



Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions

Support Programme for Service-Learning Action Research 2018-2019 (1st Round)
Background
Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education Institutions (the Project) is a UGC-funded project. It adopts a multifaceted approach that fills in the gaps and builds up capacity in Service-Learning (SL) in Hong Kong Universities. The collaborating institutions include Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), Lingnan University (LU), the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

To promote an evidence-based, critically reflective approach to teaching, the Project introduces Support Programme for Service-Learning Action Research (Support Programme) which invites faculty members at the collaborating institutions to conduct action researches that will lead to improvements in their SL subjects. Financial, advisory and research supports together with workshops and seminars on methodologies are available for interested staff.


Eligibility
Both academic and teaching staff who design and deliver UGC-funded credit-bearing SL courses at the collaborating institutions are eligible for the Support Programme.

The action research should last for at least two cycles of the course. In the first cycle, researchers are expected to collect and analyse data to address the research questions. The findings should help to formulate an improvement action plan. In the second cycle, the improvement actions should be implemented and the effectiveness of the new practices should be examined. The second cycle should be completed by August 2020.


Research Areas

Topics include but are not limited to

  1. Integration of academic discipline and community service, e.g. syllabus design, course structure and scheduling, service duration.

  2. Students’ transformation through experiential and reflective learning, e.g. support to students before and during service, facilitation of student reflection, assessment methodology.

  3. Collaboration between institutions and community partners, e.g. identifying and assessing community needs and opportunities, matching community needs with students’ academic knowledge and skills, collecting community partners’ feedback and evaluation.

  4. Service impact on community, e.g. relevance of the specific discipline to the community, service continuation and sustainability.

Research Support

The Support Programme includes the following services and award:


Application Schedule and Process

Applicants should send the completed application form (See Application Guideline) and the research proposal (See Application Guideline) to cisl@hkbu.edu.hk before the deadline.

 Application Deadline    29 June 2018  
 Announcement of Result    31 July 2018  
 First cycle of SL courses to be researched    From Sept 2018  


Download Documents
Application Guideline and Form (PDF format)
Application Form (WORD format)


Workshop and Training
  Workshop on Action Research Design
Date: 23 May 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
Venue: AAB708, 7/F, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University
Facilitator: Dr Ko Yue On James, Assistant Professor,
Department of Education Policy and Leadership,
The Education University of Hong Kong
Topics: Overview of action research, planning of research design, developing a research plan based on participant’s SL course
Registration: https://goo.gl/wJFE3J


Awarded Researches

Coming soon


Contact us

Andrew Wang
Project Officer, Centre for Innovative Service-Learning, HKBU
Tel: 3411 2069
Email: cisl@hkbu.edu.hk


2 March 2018

Service-Learning Community of Practice

CoP-SLHE is an UGC-funded initiative jointly organized by Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, the Education University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Our goal is to facilitate sharing of experiences among SL practitioners and interested staff from all UGC-funded institutions and to promote collective learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning in SL.

Membership Benefits

CoP-SLHE members are entitled to the following benefits:
  • support programme for SL action research projects and publications (with professional development grants of up to HK$6,000 upon completion of the research project);
  • participation in SL capacity building workshops, seminars, sharing sessions and symposia;
  • support from CoP-SLHE to experiment new ideas and collaborations on SL subjects/projects, and
  • access to SL teaching and learning resources.

  • Eligibility

    Any teachers, non-teaching staff and student associates who are interested or involved in the work of SL are welcome to join.

    Application Method and Registration for Talks

    Please fill in the Membership Application Form HERE. There is no membership fee and application deadline.

    2 February 2018


    The Director of CISL and two faculty members from the Department of Computer Science attended with 50 NGO leaders and IT experts the “Hack For Good” event organised by Microsoft at their Cyberport office. Participants brainstormed ideas to empower under-privileged children/teenagers, people with disabilities, ethnic minority youth, low income women and elderly with dementia, to live a fulfilling life with dignity. Since its debut in 2005, Microsoft’s global Technology for Good programme has been modernizing the social and community service sector, with “Hack for Good” begin one such initiative to drive technology forward and create even more significant social impact on the Hong Kong community.


    12 January 2018

    Dr. Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) and 16 teachers and colleagues attended the Design Thinking Workshop to map out future directions for service-learning at HKBU. Led by Mr. Patrick Chan, a seasoned practitioner in design thinking, participants came up with three interesting service-learning projects that are grounded on the traditional strengths and values of HKBU.


    DEVELOPING SKILLS BEYOND ACADEMIA



    HKBU offers both credit and non-credit service-learning programmes that incorporate community-based learning. You can benefit academically, professionally, and personally from service- learning. Other than enhancing your understanding of your chosen discipline, you will also

  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes
  • Reflect on your values and beliefs
  • Enhance your understanding of diverse communities and cultures
  • Step out of your comfort zone and be more open to change
  • Work to make a difference in the civic life of our communities







  • Service-Learning Opportunities



    The Centre for Innovative Service-Learning endeavours to work with academic departments and support units to create and increase the number of service opportunities. More upcoming events will be shared on our website soon.

    For now, please refer to the University Student Handbook for credit bearing courses and visit Leadership Qualities Centre for non-credit bearing service-learning opportunities.




    Funding Sources



    For students with financial needs, there are several scholarships and educational funding sources to support service-learning related activities.

    Internal
  • Service-learning Student Activities Fund

  • First-Generation University Student Fund

  • External
  • Reaching Out Award

  • Hang Seng Bank Community Services Scholarship



  • Training and Preparation



    We prepare students to benefit fully from service-learning by providing coaching and advice. More information will be announced soon.


    SUPPORTING SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECTS



    The Centre of Innovative Service-learning supports service-learning by connecting academic departments to community partners, facilitating the formation of interdisciplinary teams, and providing appropriate training and support to both students and staff.

    We also facilitate and support teachers in improvement-oriented action research projects and promote sharing of experiences among service-learning practitioners and interested staff from all UGC-funded institutions through a cross-institutional “Community of Practice” .






    Cross Institutional Community of Practice



    Communities of Practice (CoPs) are defined as “groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis” (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002, p. 4).

    The CoP on service-learning provides an opportunity for staff members of HKBU and other higher education institutes to come together on a regular basis to discuss topics of strategic relevance to their institution, and to deepen their knowledge and expertise on service-learning. CoP acts as a platform for research scholars and practitioners to exchange ideas on the planning, execution and assessment of service-learning, so as to generate synergy that can enhance positive peer influence.

    This initiative is part of the UGC funded project “Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-learning” with the objective of supporting and promoting service-learning in higher education in Hong Kong. To sign up as a member, please register online.

    If you are already involved in service-learning, or would like to know how to integrate service-learning into your curriculum, please stay tuned for more details.




    Action Research



    Action research encourages an evidence-based and critically reflective approach. It is a disciplined inquiry conducted by a teacher with the intent of informing and changing his or her research practices to create a bigger educational impacts.

    We will provide training, funding and administrative support to assist colleagues in action research(es) and publications.

    This initiative is part of the UGC funded project “Cross-institutional Capacity Building for Service-learning” with the objective of supporting and promoting service-learning in higher education in HK. To sign up as a member, please register online




    Curriculum Development



    We support innovative academic activities with a focus on service-learning. CISL acts as a hub for students, faculty, and staff interested in the pedagogy of service-learning and serves as a bridge to community partners. We help faculty members to.

    1. Develop project ideas and syllabi from a variety of subjects
    2. Identify potential community partners and facilitate meetings with community organizations
    3. Recruit voluntary advisors
    4. Arrange pre-service training and post-service reflection
    5. Source external funding sources



    WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT



    The Centre creates opportunities for students to develop as socially responsible community members and help them equip themselves for work and life. Support from partners, advisory committees, funds and foundations matter a lot to us in achieving these goals. Whether you would like to work with us on issues ranging from sponsorship, volunteering or mentorship, please get in touch with us.
    Thank you.


    Donation



    We welcome your support. Your contribution, however small, will make a difference to HKBU. https://foundation.hkbu.edu.hk/en/ways-to-give#.WmGbM6iWaUk





    Community Partners



    Service-learning partnerships offer a unique opportunity for community organizations to tap into the knowledge, skills, and talents of HKBU. Community partners work collaboratively with HKBU to design service projects that address social issues, while giving students the opportunity to apply academic knowledge in a real-life setting. Projects can target a current issue or an area of unmet need.





    Honorary Advisors



    We invite alumni and community volunteers to provide mentorship and/or professional consultation services to service projects. The involvement can be flexible ranging from one-off consultation to longer term advisory positions of three to six months.








    Tel: 3411 2472

    Fax: 3411 5540

    2/F, Franki Centre,

    Hong Kong Baptist University

    cisl@hkbu.edu.hk

    Events
    3 - 4 May 2018

    With the goal to promote cross-institutional capacity building for service-learning (SL), the Community of Practice for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education (CoP-SLHE) was formed in March 2018. As CoP-SLHE marks its official launch, we cordially invite you to join our Launching Ceremony cum Keynote Lecture on 3 May and Extended Workshop on 4 May. We are honoured to have Dr Judy Yeh, Assistant Professor, Center for General Education, National Sun Yat-sen University to share both her inspirations and practical experiences in academic service-learning.


    Launching Ceremony and Keynote Lecture

    Keynote:   Making an Impact on Student Learning and Communities: My passion in Service-Learning
    Date:   3 May, 2018 (Thursday)
    Time:   3:00pm – 4:30pm (followed by tea reception)
    Venue:   WLB210, 2/F, The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, Shaw Campus, Hong Kong Baptist University
    Registration:   Click here

    Extended Workshop

    Topic:   Enhancing Service-Learning Outcomes through Application of Effective Group Dynamics
    Date:   4 May, 2018 (Friday)
    Time:   2:00pm – 4:00pm
    Venue:   BC302, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Registration:   Click here


    20 March 2018

    Action Research and the Good Practice by Dr. Timothy Stanton on 20 March We are pleased to announce the launch of Community of Practice for Service-Learning in Hong Kong Higher Education (CoP-SLHE) set up to support cross-institutional capacity building for service-learning (SL). We cordially invite you to join us as our member and to attend our first event on 20 March with details below:

    Action Research and the Good Practice (organized in collaboration with Lingnan University)

    Speaker:   Dr. Timothy Stanton, Director Emeritus of the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, Stanford University, U.S.
    Date:   20 March, 2018 (Tuesday)
    Time:   10:00 AM - 12:00 NN
    Venue:   AM312, Amenities Building, Lingnan University
    Registration:   Click here