In a conventional teacher-centred education, the focus of the class is on the teacher, the students exclusively listen, and there is no (or limited) interaction among the students. In learner-centred education, however, the students become the focus, such that the interactions between the teacher and the students, and among the students dominate the class. In this type of education, the teaching and learning activities are specifically designed around the learning outcomes that the students NEED to achieve, rather than what the teachers want to teach. When designing this type of course, it is important for teachers to consider the difficulties that the students might encounter when learning certain concepts, and thus find examples or captivating stories that can be used to arouse the students’ interest. In this presentation, I will share my teaching philosophy and my practices for implementing learner-centred education and class engagement.
Dr. Yi-Chun Lu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at CUHK. She received her B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2007. She received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA in 2012. After her graduate study, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität München, Germany. She was the recipient of University Education Award (Early Career), CUHK 2016, the Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council Early Career Award (2014), Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award, CUHK (2014), European Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (2011) and Electrochemical Society Battery Division Student Research Award (2010).