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Professors Chih-Yuan Wang, Chin-Ping Yu, I-Lien Ho won MOE’s awards for teaching practice achievements


(Provided by Teaching and Learning Development and Resources Center, TLDRC) To innovate teaching and enhance talent cultivation, the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched the Teaching Practice Research Program (TPRP) and has recently announced awards for excellent teaching practice achievements in the academic year 2019-2020. The awardees included three professors of the University: Assistant Professor Chih-Yuan Wang of the Department of Business Administration, Associate Professor Chin-Ping Yu of the Department of Photonics, and Assistant Professor I-Lien Ho of the Department of Theater Arts. TLDRC said that the work of all professors who joined the TPRP was thoroughly reviewed by MOE in an initial review of the verbal report presented during results sharing, a review of a written report on the research results, and a final review. NSYSU professors won 3 out of 105 prizes awarded in the whole Taiwan.

Professor Chih-Yuan Wang tested his project Crossing the Ethical Frontier: Design of Empirically-Based Corporate Ethics Curriculum to explore whether the teaching method based on experience learning is suited for the “Corporate ethics” course. Professor Wang asks his students to read an article before class, respond to the questions and establish a related theoretical concept. In addition, at the end of the semester, the students divided in groups present ethics-related issues in the form of videos or case studies to experiment by creating and analyzing. The students of the course shared their feedback after class. Thye said that they understood that ethical issues involve different academic theories and a person's ethical behavior can be explained by different theoretical viewpoints. They realized that intuitive ethical issues have become traceable and can be analyzed from different angles.

Associate Professor Chin-Ping Yu tested his “Application of Peer Teaching Strategy
in Electromagnetism” teaching practice method in the "Electromagnetism II" course, hoping to solve the problem of the widening gap between students' levels in higher education caused by teaching large classes. Yu conducts a small test after each class and divides students into groups according to the test results. In this way, the students who lag behind have the opportunity to receive help from their peers and find out their own learning style. At the end of the semester, Yu discovered that the peer teaching strategy in “Electromagnetism II” in the academic year 2019-2020 resulted in a much more even performance of the whole class than in the previous academic year. Also, the results of the course students’ satisfaction survey were much higher compared to other courses of the Department, and even the College of Management and the whole University, proving the peer teaching strategy to be effective and suitable to be implemented by university teachers whose students have a large disparity in academic performance.

Assistant Professor I-Lien Ho implemented her project – “Social practice in theatre: another possibility of bringing reality into the theatre” to bring real-life theatre into the city, allow the theatre and performing arts to engage with the society, promote cultural action and social practice, and deepen the connection between students and the local community. Professor Ho put forward a learning method including four stages: social observation and analysis, thinking, transformation into expressive form and interdisciplinary performance to enhance students’ social concern, aesthetics, critical thinking, interdisciplinary communication and teamwork abilities.

(Edited by Public Affairs Division)
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