Our Staff - Dr Barbara Tam


 

Dr Barbara Tam

Educational Development Officer

 

Room: TU610

Tel ext: 5108

E-mail: barbara.tam@polyu.edu.hk

Fax: 2334-1569

   
       
  Areas of Responsibility    
 
  • Extended programmes: Introduction to University Teaching (IUT), Becoming an Effective Teaching Assistant (BETA), Online University Teacher Training (OUTT) & Course in University Teaching (CUT)
  • Active learning and teaching
  • Promoting students’ academic integrity
  • Peer review of teaching practice and teaching portfolio
 
       
  Curriculum Vitae    
  Academic Qualifications    
 

BSSc (Hons), Chinese University of Hong Kong

MPhil, University of Cambridge, UK

MA, City University of Hong Kong

EdD, University of Bristol, UK

   
       
  Work Experience  
 

I have been part of the Staff Development Section of EDC focusing on offering extended programmes to teaching staff at various stages since 2007. Apart from offering programmes and workshops to support learning and learning, I have led projects on leveraging new learning spaces to facilitate active and collaborative learning and on developing online/blended courses for teaching development. Prior to joining PolyU, I have taught general education courses to undergraduates at UST; worked as a language teacher at VTC and at an international school respectively.

 
       
  Keynotes, Invited Talks, Major Publications and Conference Presentations  
 

Tam, B. (2018, November). The Use of Blended Learning in Teaching Development Programmes for Teachers in Higher Education. Invited keynote speech delivered at the 5th International Conference on Research in Teaching, Education and Learning, National University of Singapore.

Tam, B. (2018, August). 互动教学.  Invited seminar presented at Hing Kong Institute of Technology, Education and Culture, Nanjing, PRC.

Tam, B. (2018, May). Communicating Clear Instructions to Maximise Learning Effectiveness. Workshop presented at Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.

Tam, B. (2018, May). Researching new academics in higher education: Insider or outsider? Graduate speech delivered at the University of Bristol Postgraduate Research 2018 Conference, City University of Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2017, October). Small Class Teaching. Workshop presented at Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.

Tam, B. (2017, July). A Tale of Three Academics: Challenges Faced by New Academics from Mainland China Teaching in Higher Education of Hong Kong. Paper presented at the Chinese Educational Research Association (CERA) CERA-UK Annual Conference 2017, UK.

Tam, B. (2017, June). In and OUTT: An Online Teaching Development Course for New Academics. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Teaching, Education and Learning (ICTEL 2017), Malaysia.

Csete, J., Tam, B. & Sager, J. (2017, June). Learning about Teaching as an Online Student: Three Teacher Training Courses using Technology. Paper presented at the eLearning Forum Asia (eLFA 2017), Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2017, April). How institutional programmes affect the development of teaching skills for new academics. Paper presented at the International Conference on Humanities, Literature, Business and Education (ICHLBE 2017), Thailand.

Tam, B. (2016, April). How do New Academics Learn to Teach? – A Three-level Framework to Analyse the Development of Teaching Skills for New Academics in Higher Education. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Education and Psychology (ISEP 2016), Thailand.

Chan, K & Tam, B (2016, April). Do Initial Training Programmes Help New Academics in Preparing them to Teach? – Evaluating the Impact of a Professional Development Programme. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Education and Psychology (ISEP 2016), Thailand.

Tam, B. (2015, October). Aligning Learning Outcomes & Learning Activities. Workshop presented at Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.

Tam, B. (2014, November). 香港理工大学给予新教学人员的培训与支援.  Workshop presented at China Higher Education Development Network (CHED) 2014, Shanghai, PRC

Tam, B. (2013, December). Professional Development of New Teachers in Higher Education: A Case Study of a University in Hong Kong. Paper presented at Faculty of Education: Postgraduate Research 2013 Conference, The University of Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2013, October). Active, Interactive, and Collaborative Learning. Workshop presented at Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.

Tam, B. (2013, Sept). Effective Tutor and Student Talk in Classrooms. Workshop presented at Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau.

Wong, S.C.K., Tang, A., Leung, J., Chan, A., Li, M., Wu, J., Tam, B., & Lee, W. (2013, July). Understanding Hotel and Tourism Undergraduate Students’ Experiences of Discipline-Based Freshman Seminar: A Qualitative Study. Paper presented at the APTA (Asia Pacific Tourism Association) 2013 Conference, Bangkok.

Wong, W., Leung, L., Tang, A., Chan, A., Li, M., Wu, J., Tam, B., & Lee Lau, W. (2013, June).  Understanding hotel and tourism students Experiences on discipline-based freshman seminar: A qualitative study.  Paper presented at the 19th Asia Pacific Tourism Association Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

Tam, B. (2013, May). 提高学生课堂参与度. Workshop presented at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, PRC.

Tam, B. (2013, May). 课堂讨论方法研习. Workshop presented at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, PRC.

Tam, B. (2012, March). Professional Development of Teachers in Higher Education: Developing a Theoretical Framework. Paper presented at Bristol Postgraduate Research 2012 Conference, City University of Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2011, December). Students’ Perceived Learning Needs and their Implications for Developing First Year Seminars. Paper presented at the International Conference on Addressing Student Learning Diversity 2011, The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Tam, B. (2001). Preparing Textual Information for On-line Purposes. Paper presented at Teaching Development Grant Conference 2001, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2001). The challenges of and guidelines for enhancing the readability of online learning content. Proceedings of the first Teaching and Learning Symposium 2001, Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.

 
       
  Funded Research/Teaching Development Projects/Consultancies  
  Completed Projects  
   From To Institution  
  2018 - Working Group on Innovative Learning Spaces, PolyU, A 3-Year Plan for Leveraging the New Renovated Theatres and Classrooms to Facilitate Active and Collaborative Learning (Project Leader)  
  2013 2016 Advisory Committee on eLearning, eLearning and Blended Learning Development Fund, Introduction to University Teaching 2.0 (Project Leader)  
  2013 2016 Advisory Committee on eLearning, eLearning and Blended Learning Development Fund, Becoming an Effective Teaching Assistant 2.0 (BETA 2.0) (Team Member)  
  2012 2015 Triennium Special Funding by UGC to meet extra teaching professional development needs of all frontline teaching staff members, Expanding the Provision of Online Teaching Development Resources (Team Member)  
  2014 2015 Learning &Teaching Grant, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), CBS Student / Industry Collaboration Interactive Online Platform (Phase 1) - Bridging students with the industry, internationalising our teaching and learning (Team Member)  
  2012 2015 Teaching Development Grant of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Promoting Students’ Academic Integrity in PolyU (Team Member)  
  2009 2012 Teaching Development Grant of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, School of Hotel and Tourism Management Freshman Seminar (Team Member)