24. 03. 2019    ISSUE 17


Dear readers,

You may find these few weeks very hectic owing to mid-term examinations.  For me and my colleagues, this month is a "deadly buzzing March" in which a multitude of I∙CARE events have been underway.  Although working long hours makes me physically exhausted, I am happy to see that our campus is filled with diversity and fun.  Beyond academic assessments and office chores, there are areas worth being spent time on in spite of the constrained schedule.  They may be exercises, dates, movies, saunas, and so forth.  A fortnight ago, I chose to attend an evening conference where "future university" was featured.  I was reminded of a quote from Benjamin Franklin: "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."

Being a mother, I have deep feeling for the said saying of Franklin.  So many nights I talk to my son about literacy, proprieties and life etc., but he appears to be merely a hearer.  Uttering words by me only facilitates his receipt of fleeting information, whereas applying appropriate teaching modality to him helps build up his memory.  And as a personnel in the education setting, I am particularly moved by Franklin's emphasis of "involvement".  To get students through individual experience in the course of their learning will increase the odds of making them truly incorporate knowledge.  As far as active involvement goes, the gateway to new thinking and critical reflection will be opened.  In fact, it is the consistency and proactivity of the involvement that matter most, not the variety or intensity of it.

The "involvement" meant by Franklin is commonly extracted as the motto for the theory of experiential learning.  We, at CUHK, also uphold this way of teaching, among other pedagogies, in order to nurture well-rounded citizens.  Ever since the I·CARE Programme was launched, it has joined forces with other University student support units to offer experiential learning activities.  I always bear in mind that, during the educational process, unless focused and meaningful feedback is genuinely given by teachers in addition to the student-led experimentations, such experiential learning is not a knowledge growth booster.  An effective education should consist of the teachers' contribution of expertise, demonstration, coaching, participation, enlightenment and role modelling.  I cannot stop taking veiled potshots at the people who claim themselves "educator" but feather their nests at the expense of students' grasp of real experiential learning opportunities.

Sincerely yours,

Irene Ng
I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development


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Table of Contents


L.O.V.E. in F.R.A.M.E.S. with Eason Chan: Full House

I·CARE Hong Kong Cultural Tours Project 2018-19: Exclusive Tour for CUHK Members

Book Talks under the 4th I·CARE Book Festival

Book Crossing Pavilion under the 4th I·CARE Book Festival: Nicely Concluded

I·CARE Social Service Projects Scheme: 3rd Round of Application Opened

Master Sharing Session under the I·CARE Social Service Projects Scheme

I·CARE Salon (17th Session): A Hundred Year's Reflection towards 1919

I·CARE Cross-generational Integration Programme: Playing a University Student for a Day

Social Business Regional Forum 2019

I·CARE Theatre 2019

CUHK 10K Night Challenge 2019: Successfully Held

I·CARE Supports "Dream Great School" and "Taste of Life" Activities

Event Calendar


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