Innovative Teaching and Learning Programs

Globalization of higher education is changing teaching and learning. Chalk and talk are giving way to digital learning. The HKAC has helped our university members in HK to move from a three- to a four-year undergraduate curriculum. That has led to faculty development workshops and communities of practice with teaching-learning centers in universities in HK and the US. Online learning can complement face-to-face encounters on campus and in the workplace. We support high- performance learning through innovations on and off the campus. The Canton Trade Game, the SDG Asia education project, simulations of the G-20 and the COP meetings on climate change, and the Lilly conference Asia are examples of the work we do in innovative teaching and learning.


The HKAC does simulations. Student teams play roles of countries and negotiating teams faced with challenges to find agreements to thorny disputes and solutions to wicked problems in the world today. Annually we do a simulation of the G-20 meeting and the UN’s COP meeting on climate change. We organize moot courts and trade negotiations. The Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear program and the search for a code of conduct for the South China Sea were earlier simulations created and organized by the HKAC. Want to design a simulation for your students? We can help. Click here to read more.


Design Thinking gives clues to educators about how they can engage their students to think creatively about course material. The HKAC has joined with our university partners in offering workshops in design thinking for teachers. These Saturday workshops have attracted teachers in secondary and university level, which is quite unique. In the digital age, the teacher has become less a provider of knowledge content and more a designer of learning processes for their students. We generally meet once a semester in rotating venues in our member universities. Click here to read more.


E-learning has become an integral aspect of many academic programs. Many hybrid models are emerging as faculty experiment with optimal ways to combine face to face instruction with online communication. The teaching-learning centers at our member universities are all engaged in designing new ways for e-learning to compliment classroom instruction. Click here to read more.


Begun with support from the Lilly Foundation, these conferences held around the United States introduce faculty to state of the art teaching and learning strategies shared among national experts and campus-based communities of practice. We look to continuing opportunities to bring Lilly conferences to Asia. To be directed to the website, please click here.


[1] Past Events

[2] Student Leadership Conference(s) (2004-2008) Images