A Series of Awardees of Exemplary Teaching Award in GE -Environmental Education: Moving from Understanding to Action

A Series of Awardees of Exemplary Teaching Award in GE-
Environmental Education: Moving from Understanding to Action

Speaker: Dr. Chui Pui Yi Apple (School of Life Sciences)
Date: 23 April 2019
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Venue: Rm 701, Hui Yeung Sing Building
Language: Cantonese

Environmental education is more than providing information about the environments. It should also have the component of increasing students’ awareness and knowledge of environmental issues, enhancing individuals’ critical-thinking, changing attitudes and developing a sense of responsibility to take action to conserve nature by living a sustainable life.

In this GE lunch seminar, the speaker would share with us how to go deeper with environmental education in General Education Programme. The speaker would share with us her course design in UGEB3630 Exploring the Enigmatic Oceans, in consolidating students’ understanding of ideas about marine science, extending curiosity, and finally, allowing students to appreciate the value of our marine environment and to take action beyond lectures.

Speaker’s Bio

Dr. Chui Pui Yi Apple is a marine biologist, conservationist, underwater photographer, and ocean lover. Dr. Chui obtained her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science and Biology programs from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and has been a lecturer in CUHK since 2016. Her research interests include coral larval ecology, coral recruitment dynamics and reef restoration using sexually reared corals. As a committed scientific communicator and devoted conservationist, Dr. Chui has been actively engaged in community outreach and education activities in Hong Kong. Throughout the years, Dr. Chui has been invited to speak in over 40 public seminars on marine and coral conservation for various organizations, including schools, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong (WWFHK), Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), and Hong Kong Science Museum. With practice and experience in public speaking, she has learnt to become a storyteller of science, making science easier to understand. In 2018, Dr. Chui officially launched an outreach program “Coral Academy”, to raise students and public’s awareness and inspire action in marine conservation through various workshop activities. Dr. Chui serves as a bridge between marine environmental education in the tertiary sector and secondary schools, and consistently conveying a positive image of marine environmental education to her students as well as to the wider public.

Her learner-centered teaching approach in marine biology and conservation courses has earned her the Faculty Exemplary Teaching Award 2018, Outstanding Teaching Performance for College General Education Course 2017-18 of Shaw College, the Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award 2017 and Exemplary Teaching Award in General Education 2017. It is Dr. Chui’s first-hand experiences as a marine scientist and her passion on coral and conservation research that arouse students’ interest and curiosity, so that the students not only learn intellectually but, connect emotionally and take responsibility to conserve nature.