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From Partnership to Performance: How Collaborative Peer Learning Enhances Student Engagement

Updated: May 27


A new Special Interest Group (SIG) on Students as Partners (SaP) has been established with the aim of fostering a Community of Practice to promote SaP across the campus. Peer-Assisted Study Sessions (PASS), a proven and cost-effective SaP model, has been implemented by SIG members from various units for over a decade. In the inaugural meeting, members and a student leader will discuss how PASS has enhanced student engagement and academic performance.

Date & Time 27 May 2024 (Monday) 10:30 am - 11:30 am (HKT)

Format Online via Zoom

Target audience CUHK Academic staff


Dr. Wai Man SZETO

Lecturer, The General Education Foundation Programme

PASS Supervisor

Dr SZETO Wai Man is a lecturer in the General Education Foundation Programme (GEFP). He has a deep interest in cultivating students to become active learners. Endeavouring to achieve this goal, Dr Szeto has played a leading role in the establishment and development of the Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) and the Special Interest Group on Students as Partners at the university. Currently, he is the leader of the PASS team in GEFP. The team received the University Education Award 2021 (Team) for its significant contributions to enhance student learning experience. The academic interests of Dr Szeto include peer learning, science education, e-learning, computer music and machine learning. Outside the academia, Dr Szeto is keen on promoting science to the general public. He has given public science talks and appeared as a presenter on a TV science programme.



Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

SI Supervisor

Dr Po Yeung is a Lecturer at the School of Biomedical Sciences of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is an experienced teacher served in tertiary education over 10 years and accredited supplemental instruction (SI) supervisor. Dr Yeung has contributed to the course coordination in Medicine Faculty Package such as MEDF1010 Foundation Course for Health Sciences I (for MBChB only), MEDF1012A Foundation Course for Health Sciences II and MEDU2600 Molecular Medicine and Genetics. Currently she is one of the project supervisors of 2022-25 TDLEG project about Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) implementing the PASS activities in her corresponding courses to facilitate students’ understanding of health sciences knowledge. Apart from PASS projects, she is also experienced in game-based courseware design with support from courseware development grants.


Dr. Ann SN LAU

Co-Director, CUHK Centre for Bioethics

Principal Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

PASS Supervisor

Ann Lau is currently the Assistant Dean (Health Sciences Education) of the Faculty of Medicine and the Co-Director of the CUHK Centre for Bioethics. She is also the Associate Director (Undergraduate Education) and Principal Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences, with teaching interests ranging from human genetics, endocrinology, and reproductive biology, to bioethics. Ann has a special interest in education leadership and studying how technology transforms teachers' and learners’ behaviour. Her recent projects cover the application of artificial intelligence (AI), metaverse, and students as partners in education, interprofessional education, as well as teaching and learning for social good. She started adopting peer-assisted learning in the Faculty Package course in 2015 and is one of the pioneered PASS supervisors in the Faculty of Medicine.


Dr. Lancelot WH MUI

Lecturer, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine

Associate Dean of General Education, Wu Yee Sun College

PASS Supervisor

Dr. Mui joined the JCSPHPC in 2012. He received his doctorate in Public Health from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He completed his Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology at Emory University. He also has a background in laboratory science with training in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is the Cohort Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Community Health Practice programme. He was the Academic Coordinator for the Master of Science in Health Education programme. Dr. Mui is also very active in college affairs and is the Associate Dean of General Education and the Vice-chairman of College Health & Spiritual Well-being Committee of the Wu Yee Sun College, CUHK.


Mr. Ching SO

MBChB student (year 2)

PASS Leader

So Ching Elvin is a dedicated Year 2 Medical student who has also attained a minor in Japanese. During his first year, he joined the Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) and achieved A grades in both courses, namely UGFN1000 In Dialogue with Nature and UGFH1000 In Dialogue with Humanity. This success inspired him to become a PASS Leader for UGFN1000 in his second year. Elvin has also participated as a co-speaker in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo 2023. He has been recognized for assisting secondary students through interview workshops and serves as the 1st (founding) committee member of the Kowloon City District Outstanding Students’ Association. Elvin's involvement demonstrates his ability to balance a rigorous academic schedule with contributions to peer learning.


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