Workshop with Prof. John Biggs and Catherine Tang




The CAOBE was very fortunate to secure the services of distinguished Professors John Biggs and Catherine Tang to facilitate a workshop at Lingnan University on 12 May 2015. Needing no introduction, Professor John Biggs has held chairs in Education in several parts of the world, including Hong Kong, and is considered ‘the Father of OBATL’. His wife, Professor Catherine Tang, has also held the role of Head of Educational Development in two local Hong Kong universities. Together they have co-authored the seminal text in this area, Teaching for Quality Learning in University.

Entitled Further Issues in Implementing and Fine-Tuning Outcomes-based Approaches to Teaching and Learning, the workshop revisited the concept of student-centred teaching and the implementation of OBATL, then went on to expand further on particular issues that are relevant to the current Hong Kong Higher Education context, such as assessing abstract outcomes in the Arts, how to get students more actively involved in learning in lectures, and assessing Program Learning Outcomes.  The workshop finished with an open Questions and Answers session, which also touched on issues such as measuring graduate attributes and the idea of non-assessed ‘enabling ILOs’ for activities outside of the main curriculum. See the back of CAOBE Newsletter #4 for quotes from the workshop relating to these two topics:


Showing that they ‘practice what they preach’, Professors Biggs and Tang led the workshop in an outcomes-based manner, with reflections and lively discussion activities interspersed throughout the presentation. The workshop was aimed at helping participants reflect on their current understanding and level of implementation of OBATL and consider how to further fine-tune their learning outcomes and teaching practice.


The event finished with the presentation of the inaugural Lingnan University Faculty and Student Awards for Outstanding Contribution to OBE (for more information and pictures of the award ceremony, see our OBE Awards page: ). A total of 65 people attended, including representatives from 6 other tertiary institutions in Hong Kong as well as a contingent from Macau. Overall feedback on the workshop was very positive, with comments that it was clear, informative and inspirational

Photo : Professors Jim Pounder (TLC) and Mette Hjort (AVP)
with guest Professors Catherine Tang and John Biggs.