‘Transforming Higher Education for the Digital Era: Designing Educational Experiences that are Feedback and Technology Rich’ – Public Lecture in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of CUHK by Prof. Jeff Grabill (Online)

‘Transforming Higher Education for the Digital Era: Designing Educational Experiences that are Feedback and Technology Rich’ – Public Lecture in Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of CUHK by Prof. Jeff Grabill (Online)

Students and stakeholders reasonably have high expectations for a university education, and those expectations have challenged universities to respond in ways that are evidence-based and future-facing.

The response from universities will require us to focus on what we offer as an “experience”, to design it with intention, and to ensure that the experience produces real learning. Prof. Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education at the University of Leeds, will draw on insights from his book, Design for Change in Higher Education, to articulate an approach to learning design (as experience design). To ground that approach in some examples, he will draw from recent experiences at the University of Leeds with its large scale educational transformation strategy to highlight changes in assessment, in particular, that have significant impact on student learning outcomes, focusing on the affordances of digital technologies to support formative assessment of learning.

About the Speaker: 

Prof. Jeff Grabill is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education at the University of Leeds. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Grabill was at Michigan State University (MSU) in the United States for nearly 20 years. He served Michigan State University as the Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In that role, he was responsible for facilitating innovation in learning and educator professional development via his role as Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. Grabill’s research focuses on how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning. That work has been located in community contexts, in museums, and in classrooms at both the K-12 and university levels. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge, an educational technology company.


Prof. Lidong Cai is the Vice-President of Jilin University and former Dean of Law. He received his Bachelor degree in economics law from School of Law, Master degree in civil and commercial law, and LLD degree in Jurisprudence from Jilin University (JLU), in July 1991, June 1994, and December 2002 respectively.

Prof. Cai was Chief of the Office of Reform and Law in the Department of Transportation of Jilin Province from June 1994 to August 2000, during which he pursued his doctoral degree. Joining JLU School of Law as a lecturer in August 2000, he later became an assistant professor in September 2001 and was made a full professor in December 2004, and doctoral supervisor in June 2006. From December 2008 to April 2015, he was Deputy Dean of School of Law. He conducted collaborative research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a visiting scholar from March 2007 to March 2008. Since April 2015, he has been serving as Dean of School of Law. In September 2019, he joined the CPC Standing Committee of JLU and became Vice President of JLU.

Academically, Prof. Cai was selected into “New Century Excellent Talents Support Program” in 2013, “Changbai Mountain Scholarship Program” in 2014. He is now Vice President of China Network and Information Law Research Association, Secretary of the Faculty of Law of the Social Science Committee of the Ministry of Education, Executive Consultant of the Supreme People’s Court, member of Academic Degree Committee of Jilin Province, etc.

Prof. Clair Gammage is the Head of School at the University of Exeter and Professor of International Commercial Law. She is a scholar of international trade law and development, and her research focuses on the diverse ways that trade law and governance intersects with sustainable development, gender, human rights, labour and environment. Clair’s specific expertise lies in the implementation of trade agreements and their social, economic and cultural effects for stakeholders in developing countries. She has consulted for the governments on trade matters and she has provided expert evidence before both committees in both the UK government and EU parliament.

Prof. Dan Hunter is the Executive Dean of the Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. He was previously the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology and the Founding Dean of Swinburne Law School in Australia.

He is an international expert in internet and intellectual property law, AI & law, and legal tech and legal innovation. He holds a PhD from Cambridge on the cognitive science of legal reasoning, as well as computer science and law degrees from Monash University, and an LLM by research from the University of Melbourne.
He regularly publishes on the intersection of computers and law. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, the creator of the Future Law Podcast (http://thefuturelawpodcast.com), and thefounder of four startups: in edtech (Quitch), legaltech (Settle Easy), and regulatory technology (Fourth Line and Gracenote).

Research Interests

  • AI & Law, including the use of AI in criminal justice and civil procedure and the legal theoretical implications of autonomous systems.

Legaltech and legal innovation models, including the future of legal practice.

Pokpong Srisanit is the Associate Professor of criminal law at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University where he has been on the Faculty since 1999. His fields of research are criminal law, criminal procedure law, international criminal law, human rights law and tobacco control law. He has been the Dean of Faculty of Law since 2022 (3-years term). He is a member of the Board of Amendment of Criminal Code at the Council of State, a member of the National Board of Tobacco Control, a member of the subcommittee on law of the National Anti-Corruption Committee. He was an expert in Article 19 of FCTC and received the “World No Tobacco Day 2015” award from the World Health Organization.

Moderator: Prof. Michael Lower, Associate Professor of Practice in Law, CUHK LAW


28 Jun 2023


5:00 pm - 6:45 pm