TLC Training Calendar 2014

Workshops/Courses for Students

Take a peek at a typical seminar at UniSIM, and acquire the requisite skills to excel at UniSIM. Learn to plan your study schedule and track your progress. Discover the functions of the iStudyGuide and eTextbook, and how to harness these in your learning.

  • Date: 16 July 2014 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 1900 hrs – 2200 hrs
  • Venue: SIM HQ, LT B.2.03
  • Instructor: Dr Henry Khiat, Teaching & Learning Centre

Create mind maps that help you think visually – even if you can’t draw. Make notes with your personal set of visual tools. Get tips on how to maximise your memory.

Session 1
  • Date: 17 July 2014 (Thursday)
  • Time: 1900 hrs – 2200 hrs
  • Venue: SIM HQ, SR B.3.12/B.3.13
  • Instructor: Mr Thum Cheng Cheong, Associate Faculty, School of Business
  • Note: Limited to 40 participants
Session 2
  • Date: 18 July 2014 (Friday)
  • Time: 1900 hrs – 2200 hrs
  • Venue: SIM HQ, SR B.4.12/B.4.13
  • Instructor: Mr Thum Cheng Cheong, Associate Faculty, School of Business
  • Note: Limited to 40 participants

What is academic writing? How is it different from other genres of writing that you’ve done? This three-hour session covers the purpose and strategy of academic writing, organisation and flow of ideas, and referencing.

  • Date: 19 July 2014 (Saturday)
  • Time: 0900 hrs – 1200 hrs
  • Venue: SIM HQ, B.3.17
  • Instructor: Dr Abdel Halim Sykes, Teaching & Learning Centre

Answer any essay-based questions using the 5-step approach. Look for patterns in the questions. Distinguish between background information and key ideas. Craft your answer according to the question.

  • Date: 19 July 2014 (Saturday)
  • Time: 1300 hrs – 1600 hrs
  • Venue: SIM HQ, LT A.3.20
  • Instructor: Mr Donald Lee, Associate Faculty, School of Business

For Associates and Faculty

Date: 4 January 2014 (Saturday)

Venue: SIM Blk A, Function Room 4.01 (Level 4)

Time: 11.00 a.m.* – 2.00 p.m.** (*Registration starts at 10.30 a.m. , **Inclusive of lunch)

Time Event
10.35 a.m. Registration of new associates
11.00 a.m. President's Welcome Address
11.35 a.m. Presentation of Certificates for Successful Completion of Associate Training
11.45 a.m. Q&A
12.00 p.m. Welcome Lunch (Venue: SIM, Blk A, Level 4, Hall Foyer B)

Date: 4 January 2014 (Saturday)

Venue: SIM Blk A, Level 4, LT4.04 (*Venue may subject to change)

Time: 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Trainer: Mr Thum Cheng Cheong


Helping your students think clearly and in a logical, systematic manner remains one of the biggest challenges for most instructors. Sometimes, what your learners need is perhaps the simplest of tools to help them learn, recall, and think better.

In this workshop, Thum Cheng Cheong (or “Thum”) introduces you to a palette of visualisation tools and techniques for designing individual as well as collaborative learning activities. Find out how you can better engage your students and enhance their analytical skills with the help of visual thinking tools such as concept maps, thinking organisers, and mental models.

About the trainer:

Thum is a ThinkBuzan licensed instructor and a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioner (IFVP). An AF with the School of Business, Thum designed the study skills module comprising of speed reading, memory techniques and mind mapping for BUS100 Business Skills & Management using visualization techniques.

Date: 22 March 2014 (Saturday)

Venue: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Time: 6.30 pm

Date: 5 July 2014 (Saturday)

Venue: SIM Blk A, Function Room A.4.01A (Level 4) & SIM BLK B, MPH at Basement 2

Time: 11.00 a.m.* – 1.00 p.m.** (*Registration starts at 10.45 a.m. , **Inclusive of lunch)

Time Event
10.30 a.m. Registration of new associates
11.00 a.m. President's Welcome Address
11.35 a.m. Presentation of Certificates for Successful Completion of Associate Training
11.45 a.m. Q&A
12.00 p.m. Welcome Lunch (for new and existing associates)

Date: 5 July 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm (Registration starts at 1.45pm)

Venue: SIM BLK A, Level 4, LT A.4.19

*Please download SD102 from this LINK here prior coming for the event.

Date: 19 August 2014 (Tuesday)

Time: 5.00 pm – 6:30 pm (Registration starts at 4.45pm)

Venue: SIM HQ Block A, Level 3, Function Room A.3.01A

Join us on 19 August 2014 for an informative session with Dr Yvonne McNulty, an Associate in the School of Business, who will share her tips on teaching diverse learners. Drawing on more than a decade of experience across different cultural contexts, Yvonne will distill tried-and-tested strategies that she has used successfully with the students she has taught.

During this session, Yvonne will share:

  1. Deductive and inductive approaches to teaching
  2. How to overcome the ‘silent treatment’ in classroom discussions and increase responsiveness and interaction
  3. The value of bringing ‘real life’ experience into teaching through innovative mediums
  4. The various roles required of lecturers’ to successfully engage diverse learners

Be entertained by Yvonne’s anecdotal accounts of her surprising and insightful real-life encounters while teaching in different cultures. She will also provide recommended resources to help with your teaching practice.

Dr Yvonne McNulty is a results-driven scholar practitioner with over 10 years of consulting and lecturing experience and a proven track record in publishing in academic and industry journals. She serves on the editorial board of three academic journals and has published more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters. Yvonne co-authored the best-selling management book, “Managing Expatriates: A Return on Investment Approach” (Business Expert Press, 2013). Her research has been featured in The New York Times, Economist Intelligence Unit, and on BBC Radio. An experienced global citizen who has lived, taught and worked in Australia, USA, Singapore, and Shanghai, Yvonne has deep experience in international business research and running multi-country global research projects. She was a consultant to multinational companies such as Deloitte, Brookfield, and Cartus.

As part of the Teaching & Learning Centre initiative for associates’ professional development, the Teaching & Learning Centre has put in place a grant scheme to encourage associates to pilot projects aimed at improving student learning outcomes. Known as the “Innovation Seed Grant”, the grant provides the opportunity for associates to experiment new ideas and approaches to teaching and learning within their Schools. The value of the grant is $1000, and is open to all associates who have taught at least two semesters at UniSIM, and are currently engaged to teach at UniSIM. The Teaching & Learning Centre will be holding a briefing session to explain the grant application process and its requirements. All associates are welcome to attend the briefing session. The date, timing and venue of the session are as follows:

Date: 30 Aug 2014 (Saturday)

Venue: SR B.4.11 SIM HQ Blk C, Resource Room C.7.02

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Presenters: Dr Selina Lim and Dr Ivy Chia

Leadership from the ground up: Enhancing program quality through pedagogical inquiry

Pedagogical inquiry – the process of asking important questions about student learning and gathering evidence systematically to answer the questions – can be an important tool for academic leaders in their efforts to enhance program quality. Join the workshop facilitator, Doug Hamilton from Royal Roads University, as he introduces fundamental principles of pedagogical inquiry, explores the relevant benefits and challenges, and illustrates, via examples, of the various ways that pedagogical inquiry can be introduced, supported, and sustained at the program level. Participants will also have an opportunity to develop a plan for initiating a pedagogical inquiry project in their respective program areas.

Date: 12 Sep 2014 (Friday)

Venue: SIM HQ A.4.06 SIM HQ B.2.07

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Facilitator: Doug Hamilton, Royal Roads University

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Date: 13 September 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Venue: SIM HQ A.4.05

The theme of this year’s Faculty Learning Symposium, Evidence-informed practice: Action from the ground up, acknowledges the intimate relationship between teaching practices and evidence of student learning. In particular, it focuses our attention on what we, as facilitators of learning, do intuitively within a situated learning context and spurs us to more deeply reflect on, interrogate, and probe the evidence of student learning we gather and use to inform our routine practices.

A Pre-symposium Workshop will be held on 12 September 2014 from 1400 hrs to 1600 hrs

Click HERE to learn more about the speakers and register for the event.

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Title: Family Day for Associates at Alive Museum Singapore

Date: 8 November 2014 (Saturday)

Time: 8.45am

Venue: Alive Museum Singapore, Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 and 4)

For more information, please click HERE

Date: 4 December 2014 (Thursday)

Time: 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Venue: SIM HQ Block B, Level 3, SR B 3.10

Course description

This workshop provides a brief overview of questionnaire design and semi-structured interview at an introductory level. This workshop is geared towards Associates and Faculty members who intend to use these tools for evaluating their lessons or projects. The workshop will also be particularly useful for participants who are working on their Seed Innovation Grant projects. This workshop will cover common issues facing participants and these include:

  1. How do I choose my method and which method is appropriate?
  2. How do I structure my interviews?
  3. How do I set up a questionnaire?
  4. How do I align my data gathering and data analysis?

Taking part in the workshop will provide the participants with:

  1. An understanding of the basic principles of social science methods of data gathering;
  2. Information on how to structure a semi-structured interview or design a questionnaire;
  3. Information on how to formulate effective questions for semi-structured interview and questionnaires.

About the Workshop Facilitator

Dr Ivy Chia is an academic staff member at the Teaching & Learning Centre, UniSIM. Before joining UniSIM, she worked as an educational researcher at the Ministry of Education.


Please login to the Associates Portal via, click on eServices/Event Registration to register for the event.