day 1 Concurrent session

2 discussion/presentation panels, one follow the other with a 5-10mins changeover break. The themes are:

  • Technologies in Teaching and Learning

The purpose of this theme is to showcase how technologies are being used in the teaching and learning context. In particular, the focus would be on using technologies meaningfully and effectively to enhance the learning experience.

  • Technological support and infrastructure in Higher Education

In addition to teaching and learning, technologies also play an integral role in supporting key processes within the higher education context. This session will look at how these technologies are harnessed for infrastructural support, eg. for admission and examination purposes.

DAY 1 Concurrent session 1
Technological support and infrastructure in Higher Education

Time: 14.00 - 15:00pm
Date: 16 Nov 2015

Panel Members:
Mr Lee Chye Seng, Director, Learning Systems and Applications, UniSIM
Mr Neo Yong Chiang, CIO, Republic Polytechnic
Mr Gary Teo, Director, Campus IT Services, UniSIM

Cheah Horn Mun, Assistant Provost, UniSIM

E-assessment practices in Republic Polytechnic (Mr Neo Yong Chiang)
E-assessment has been part of RP’s learning experience for its full time students. The conduct of the e-assessment is carried out over RP’s wireless campus for all modules by default. The system has been stable with a successful submission rate averaging 96.3%. Contingency action plans are also put in place and on standby for every sessions. Systems alert invigilators and IT support of suspected issues. The acceptance on the use of the systems by school management and students is due to the emphasis on security and integrity of the systems. The system has gone through many enhancement over the last decade to address many implementation challenges. Issues that remains a challenge includes settings of students’ notebooks, hardware issues, connectivity etc.

Going forward, to further enhance students learning, RP and its fellow Polys are also embarking on PolyMall platform: this is a common learning management platform to facilitate sharing and accessing of online learning objects and courses among themselves and to enable inter-polytechnic collaboration.

Designing a Future-Ready eLearning Infrastructure (Mr Lee Chye Seng)
This session will introduce the Cloud-based IT strategies and innovative mobile technologies embraced by SIM University (UniSIM) in enhancing their students’ learning experience.
It will highlight the various design considerations and best practices adopted in implementing a highly scalable and resilient eLearning infrastructure that readily supports flexible learning for their adult learners.

DAy 1 Concurrent session 2
Technologies in teaching and learning

Time: 15:15 - 16:30pm
Date: 16 Nov 2015

Panel Members
A/P Tan Seng Chee
, Deputy Director, Centre for Research and Development in Learning, NTU
Mr Kiang Tzy Peng, Director, Educational Technology and Production, UniSIM
Dr Lim Wei Ying, Teaching and Learning Centre, UniSIM

Cheah Horn Mun, Assistant Provost, UniSIM

Using ICT in University Education – A Learning Perspective (A/P Tan Seng Chee)
Use of ICT is often thought of in terms of the tools used, such as the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) or a 3D virtual environment. However, the important questions to address are how the tools are being used and to what purpose.

Epistemologically, learning can be viewed as learning as acquisition, learning as participation, and learning as knowledge creation (Sfard, 1998; Paavola & Hakkarainen, 2005). Learning as acquisition treats knowledge as an entity that can be passed from the source to the recipient, whereas learning as participation requires learners to contribute actively, and learn through “participation”. The extension to learning participation is learning as knowledge creation. This represents the creation of artefacts that exemplified understanding, and the use of productive discourse to deepen understanding.

This segment will provide an examination of how the tools are being used in the various context.

  • Sfard, A. (1998). On two metaphors for learning and the dangers of choosing just one. Educational Researcher, 27(2), 4-13.
  • Paavola, S. & Hakkarainen, K. (2005). The knowledge creation metaphor - An emergent epistemological approach to learning. Science & Education, 14, 535-557.

Creating Content for e-Learning – UniSIM’s Experience (Mr Kiang Tzy Peng)
UniSIM offers more than 600 courses to students enrolled in its part-time and full-time programmes. By 2015, 50% of these courses would have been redeveloped as an e-Course, where its primary learning content exists in a format known as an "iStudyGuide" (iSG). The iSG is a mobile-ready, interactive and multimedia-embedded digital learning resource. As part of its eLearning strategy, the university has also engage external publishers to offer eTextbooks to its students. In this session, we will showcase examples of iSGs and eTextbooks, discuss key processes and tactics used in developing the iSGs, and explore designs that promote greater learner engagement.

Social Media, Flipped Learning & MOOCs – What do these recent trends tell us about the state of technology adoption in higher education? (Dr Lim Wei Ying)
Social media, flipped learning and MOOCs are some recent technological innovations that have been creating disruptions in the higher education contexts. The arguments for these disruptions have been along the lines of bridging formal and informal learning, promotion of self-regulation, and even personalized learning in some instances. The purpose of this presentation is to (a) review research on the efficacy of the use of disruptive technologies for teaching and learning in higher education, and (b) unpack the review findings by drawing on the Learning Sciences perspective. With these, the implications for future research on how technology could be used as an effective pedagogical and educational tool in higher education will be discussed.

Key learning points

Key words: Learning as acquisition, participation & knowledge creation. ICT tools.

Target audience: All faculty and Teaching & Learning Curriculum Designers

Key learning points for participants:
These are sessions to showcase how ideas have been translated into practice. They provide practical examples for the participants to adopt, adapt and apply.

Day 2 Wrap-up Session by IHLs and Panel Discussion

Time: 9:40-10:30am
Date: 17 Nov 2015

A/P Cheah Horn Mun
, Assistant Provost, UniSIM

Day 2 Demonstration Session

Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Date: 17 Nov 2015

Main Demonstrators
Mr Lee Chye Seng, Director, Learning Systems and Applications, UniSIM
Mr Kiang Tzy Peng, Director, Educational Technology and Production, UniSIM

This series of demonstrations aim to showcase the tools and resources that are made available to students in UniSIM as part of their learning support and infrastructure. These hands-on activities will allow participants to experience first-hand what it means to be a student at UniSIM

UniSIM’s iStudyGuide and eTextbook Initiatives
While the overview and experience of the iStudyGuide are shared in the Panel session on the first day, this demonstration session provides concrete artefacts for participants to ‘experience’ these materials as well as the eTextbook. As such, we invite you to visit our booth to “flip through” the iSGs and eTextbooks. Explore also the in-built learning tools provided by the eBook readers and consider how such digital resources can be used in your own specific teaching and learning contexts.

This exhibition will provide the participants an opportunity to gain hands-on experience on the various innovative mobile technologies championed by UniSIM. These include UniSIM’s interactive student guide, e-TextBook, BackPack and UniLearn Course Catalog.

Presentation Slides/Documents