Creating a Culture of Communication: Breaking Barriers in Power Distance and Practising Active Listening

Start Date :

2023-11-07 (Tuesday)

End Date :

2023-11-07 (Tuesday)

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Venue :

Rm 703, VTC Tower


2.5 hours

(Professional Development )

Medium of Instruction :

Cantonese with English Materials

Category :

TT04 - Student Support and Pastoral Care

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About the Event :

This workshop aims to introduce participants to the two distinct concepts of power distance and active listening that enhance teacher-student communication. To facilitate effective communication in the contexts of experiential and project-based learning, this workshop will share the tips on how to break barriers in power distance and promote active listening. 

Facilitator(s) :

Mr Daniel CHUN

Daniel is currently a teaching faculty member at the HKUST Academy of Interdisciplinary Studies. He also volunteers at the Smart City Consortium and Smart City Academy, where he holds the title of Vice-President. Previously, Daniel served as a lecturer for "Technology for Adult and Vocational Education" at HKUSPACE for over 8 years, during which he actively engaged in developing new pedagogical approaches, including the application of Design Thinking and Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore, Daniel is a Chartered Engineer, a patent owner and inventor.

He has published extensively in the fields of mobile learning and smart city development. Daniel holds an MBA, M.InfoTech, M.Res (Technology-Enhanced Learning) and B.Sc (Computer Science). Currently, he is pursuing his PhD thesis on leadership in smart city development.

Intended Learning Outcomes :

Upon completion of the workshop, participants would be able to:

-recognise the impact of power distance on teacher-student relationships and communication dynamics in the educational setting;

-apply strategies to overcome power distance barriers to foster a culture of open communication in the classroom;

-implement active listening techniques to enhance understanding, empathy and collaboration between teachers and students; and

-reflect on their own communication practices and identify areas for improvement in teacher-student relationships.

Target Audience :

VTC Teaching and Instructing Staff

Enquiry :

Miss CHAN Hing Yui, Nichole
Project Officer
Tel: 2836-1083