Fostering Student Learning through Outcomes based Education: Curriculum Challenges and Implications

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The current educational buzzword, Outcomes Based Education (OBE) reflects an
international trend in higher education that is prompted by public demands for
quality and accountability in higher education. In Hong Kong, the University
Grants Committee (UGC) has spearheaded an outcomes based education initiative in
higher education in conjunction with the ‘334’ education reform involving a
major restructuring of education in Hong Kong. This paper focuses on the
current UGC initiative to encourage all higher education to adopt the outcome
based approach to teaching and learning. It identifies and discusses key issues
and challenges in the UGC’s attempt to foster quality teaching and learning
ion higher education through outcomes based education.


Keywords: Curriculum
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Ai Choo Ong

Acting Head, Centre of Learning Teaching and Technology, Hong Kong Institute of Education
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr Ong Ai Choo is associate professor and acting head of the Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She is team leader the Outcomes Based Education Unit and a member of the Outcomes Based Approach Task Force of the University Grants Committee, Hong Kong. She was formerly previously deputy head of Educational and Staff Development Department, Singapore Polytechnic, where she spearheaded an institute level initiative "The Thinking Curriculum". Dr Ong was training director of the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, and the curriculum designer and coordinator of the Senior Teachers Programme, a flagship professional development programme at the National Instiute of Education. Her teaching and research interests include thinking skills, social emotional learning, and parenting behaviours and adolescents' well-being.

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