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BWP124 - Certificate in PDP on Integrating Self-directed Learning in Classroom Pedagogy
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Certificate in PDP on Integrating Self-directed Learning in Classroom Pedagogy
Programme Code BWP124
Mode of Study Full-time Block Release
Duration 5 Weeks
Venue Tai Po Campus
Programme Leader Prof Ko Po Yuk
Programme Enquiries Miss Cheung 2948 8026
Miss Wong 2948 8027

Programme Aims

The programme is intended to provide in-service teachers from primary and secondary school with the key concepts of self-directed learning and recent models of self-directed learning which pertain to motivational, cognitive, and metacognitive aspects. The teacher participants will explore the challenges in designing Self-directed Learning (SDL) teaching materials and assessing students’ competency in self-learning they might encounter while teaching students to be self-directed learners during the course. The programme also engages the in-service teachers in developing effective ways of integrating SDL in the lesson design and pedagogies to help students independently plan, regulate their learning strategies, and assess their own learning.

Upon completion of the programme, participants are expected to have:

  • enhanced their pedagogical content knowledge and extended the theoretical understanding of self-directed learning;
  • developed capacity to design effective lessons with the components of self-directed learning; and
  • equipped with the knowledge and skills in evaluating the design and the implementation of lessons with the component of self-directed learning.

Programme Structure

The programme will offer three courses entitled:

  • Principles and Practices of Self-directed Learning (3 credit points);
  • Integrating Self-directed Learning in Developing Effective Classroom Teaching (3 credit points); and
  • Conducting an Action Research on Self-directed Learning (3 credit points).

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese (Cantonese) and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.

Programme Duration

Cohort(s) Period of Study
1 19 February to 22 March 2024

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  • in-service teachers from primary and secondary schools, priority will be given to PSMCDs or subject panel chairs;
  • recommended by school principals;
  • conduct action research independently with reference to his/her classroom context.

Remarks: Each school can recommend more than one teacher.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

Probity Requirements: Other than the application fee, applicants are not required to pay any additional fees during the application process. In addition, please be reminded not to offer any advantage to EdUHK staff and/or any person involving admissions at EdUHK in connection with your application. Otherwise, your action may violate Hong Kong's Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.

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