Common Core Resources for Online Teaching and Tutoring (Feb 3, 2020)

For Tutorials on Moodle

Chatroom for text-based synchronous/realtime discussions 

Moodle Forum for text-based asynchronous discussion

Resources for Teaching Online

The HKU Learning Management System Moodle is our central online learning resource for course teachers and their students. Moodle supports teachers, course TAs, instructors and administrators to create flexible and engaging online learning content for supporting teaching. Online support resources such as FAQs, user guides and short video tutorials to help teachers get started with Moodle are available:

User Guides

Online Tutorials

Training Seminars

ITS has entered a campus license with Zoom, a video conferencing service, for use by staff and students for facilitating their work and studies. Zoom conferencing can be used for online meetings, classes, interviews, etc. Details are available at here.

The Panopto - Lecture Capture Service (LCS) is based on a centrally managed video capture solution supported by the Panopto system. All 159 centrally timetabled classrooms and lecture theatres are Panopto ready. More details are available on the LES website.

Integration of Panopto and Moodle - Teachers who have Moodle courses can post pancasts for students to view more easily. At fingertips, the link to a pancast can be inserted to a Moodle block of a teacher’s Moodle course for viewing limited to their students only. The Panopto recorder software is pre-installed in the classroom PCs. For personal PC or devices, under the campus license, teachers can download it from here to install on their own devices.

For the abovementioned e-learning support provided by Information Technology Services (ITS), please visit, email, or call

3917 0123 in office hours.

Communication Intensive Courses

CI-badged courses are courses that consist of a syllabus with components that explicitly develop communication-related knowledge, skills and attributes. 

List of badged courses

CIC Certification

CIC Events

Zoom Room Options

Click here for some useful Zoom Room functions

Click here for the checklist to prime online educators

(Information source: Eachempati, P., & Ramnarayan, K. (2020). Ten maxims for out of class learning to outclass the academic challenges of COVID-19. MedEdPublish, 9.)

U-Vision is another reliable, flexible and easy to use option to host and store videos for your course or showcase the students video production because the contents are stored in our university’s server instead of a commercial platform like YouTube. And you can link back and embed those videos in your own course website just as easily.

Learn how to upload videos on U-Vision here
Learn how to embed videos to your website here

A free online course offered by the Centre for Applied English Studies (CAES) to boost your student's academic writing skills. Enrollment is free and open to all members of HKU.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs), by Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University.

Daydreaming or Deep in Thought? Using Formative Assessment to Evaluate Student Participation, from Faculty Focus.

Wise Assessment Forum is a platform for sharing wise assessment practices among Faculty Members and Beyond, provided by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

E-Learning Journals and Websites, provided by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative.

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Teaching Tip 1

Let the students know that you are trying your best to set them up for success within the course. Demand hard work, but give them a healthy amount of guidance so that they can achieve the desired level of output.

Teaching Tip 2

Consistent and regular discussion of course syllabus, assessment and assignment feedback with Course Coordinator.

Teaching Tip 3

Hold the students’ “feet to the fire” regarding lecture material. If the students are asked about basic concepts from lecture and are unwilling or unable to describe and elaborate, that is NOT acceptable. They must feel some pressure to get the basic concepts from lecture and not show up to tutorial as a totally blank slate.

Teaching Tip 4

Different tricks for making students receptive to information, thinking, conversation: model building, different ways of visualization, gamification...

Teaching Tip 5

Enforcing a reasonable standard of behavior. This is one of the best things to do to help out your colleagues and students. If you see a student texting under the table, call them out on it. Have strict policies for punctuality. If a student is being shunned during a supposedly collaborative activity, prompt the other students to get them involved.

Teaching Tip 6

Need help with Tutorial and Moodle Set Up? All the functions of Moodle?

Contact ITS at or one of the Common Core Mentors at:

Common Core Support for Teachers:



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