Empathy as a Core Teaching Strategy

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Recipient of 2022 UGC Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members)

Teaching philosophy video link.(link up)


Assistant Professor,

School of Design,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr Tulio Maximo is an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. Tulio aims to bridge people, institutions and knowledge to improve society collaboratively. His research interests surround intergenerational and inclusive design, mobility devices, sitting ergonomics, design-led social entrepreneurship, healthcare services, and inclusive education. Tulio teaches ergonomics, capstone projects,  cooperative projects and has created the elective subject Design Meets Disabilities. Tulio has received numerous awards for his design and teaching, including the UGC Teaching Award 2022 as an Early Career Faculty Member, and the Red Dot Product Design Award 2022 with the design of the Omni Study System for children living in subdivided flats. Tulio’s teaching philosophy is inspired by value creation education, universal design for learning and employing empathy as a core teaching and learning strategy.


Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation. It helps students to gain insight into the experiences of a diverse population. As a teacher, I believe empathy is key to forging the creative leaders of tomorrow and instilling the goal of a more equal and diverse society. Here, I explain how I use empathy as a core teaching strategy to apply theoretical content to solve real-world problems, encourage my students to practice those theories and stand in my students’ shoes to improve my teaching.


Dr Julia CHEN

Director of Educational Development, Educational Development Centre

Associate Professor (courtesy), Department of English and Communication

The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong


This event is co-organized by HKTEA and Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.