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T&L Conversation - Learner Series (7 Jul 2022)
Topic: The View From The Other Side: An Open Dialogue with Students about our Teaching
Topic: The View From The Other Side: An Open Dialogue With Students About Our Teaching
Speaker: Students from SBIZ & SLAW
Moderator: Senior Lecturer, Ho Yan Yin

Just like how feedback helps our students to learn, feedback from our students about our teaching can also help us improve our classroom practices. This dialogue session gave us an opportunity to have an open conversation with our students about their experience of our teaching approaches. Their so that we can better engage with our students in the classroom.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this T&L Conversation? Here are some reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. Have I orchestrated the use of breakout rooms appropriately?
  2. Have I provided sufficient feedback to my students?
  3. What else can I do for learners to be more engaged?
T&L Conversation - Expert Series (10 Feb 2022)
Topic: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Global Digital Economy: The 60 Year Curriculum
Topic: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Global Digital Economy: The 60 Year Curriculum
Speaker: Professor Chris Dede, Harvard University
Moderator: Professor Robbie Goh, Provost, SUSS

“Intermittent lifelong learning is not going to work in the next half century”, asserted Professor Dede as he started his sharing at the T&L Conversation. Prof Dede shared how technological advancement will continue to disrupt the way we work and live, and how it is paramount that individuals learn continuously rather than episodically. Prof Dede also discussed the need for universities to rethink the ‘business’ that universities are in – to not just prepare students for their first job, but to develop required dispositions that will carry them through for the entire course of their career life.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this T&L Conversation? Here are some reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. How can we best prepare our students for multiple careers over the course of their lifetime?
  2. How can we develop students’ judgement and decision-making skills?
  3. How can we engineer learning so that our students can be more actively involved in the learning process?
In-Conversation with TLC (15 Jan 2022)
Topic: When my students have that "meh" 😐 feeling (during class)...
Topic: When my students have that "meh" 😐 feeling (during class)...
Speaker: Tan Lee Cheng

In an article published by Professor Adam Grant from Wharton, he coined “languishing” as a feeling that can dull motivation and focus; and as the pandemic drags on, languishing has become a dominant emotion of 2021. Pre-pandemic, Lee Cheng describe students who respond to her questions with a shrug, a blank look or stubborn silence as having that ”meh” feeling. Over the past two years, during the pandemic, these students fell behind a sea of black screen over zoom. Unseen and unheard, she sensed their meh feeling even more acutely. In this sharing, Lee Cheng shares her insights and experience on how she motivates her students, in particular, those who are struggling with that “meh” feeling.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this In-Conversation with TLC? Here are some reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. How could I adopt and adapt the strategies shared to the context of my teaching?
  2. What other strategies could I adopt to motivate my students behind the Zoom screen?
In-Conversation with TLC (27 Nov 2021)
Topic: Learning Agility in SUSS vs Real World – Facing Some Hard Truths
Topic: Learning Agility in SUSS vs Real World – Facing Some Hard Truths
Speaker: Padma D/O Jairam

Learning Agility is often described as "knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do". In this session, Ms Padma, our Teaching Award Recipient shares how she aspires to model and nurture three aspects of Learning Agility in her students – Mental Agility, People Agility and Self-Awareness. Apart from talking about the challenges she faces when incorporating learning agility into her counselling sessions, she will also discuss strategies she uses to hone her students’ skills in learning agility. Participants are also invited to share their experiences on how Learning Agility can be used in the teaching of their individual subjects and across the disciplines.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this In-Conversation with TLC? Here are some reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. Why is Learning Agility even more important in the current climate?
  2. How can we build students’ skills in learning agility in our content areas?
  3. What strategies can we put in place to build students’ learning agility?
T&L Conversation (27 Oct 2021)
Topic: Transforming Learning Design: Embracing and Supporting Diversity in an Online Learning Environment
Topic: Transforming Learning Design: Embracing and Supporting Diversity in an Online Learning Environment
Panellists: Eunice Tan and Kenneth Poon

The beauty of the human condition is that everyone is different. We are good at some things and not so good at others. When areas that we are not so good in, start to cause difficulties in areas of our lives, these frequently receive a name or a diagnosis. Over the course of our teaching, we meet students with different difficulties that may affect their optimal learning, both in a physical class setting and in an online environment. During this session, three domains of diversity that may affect the learning of our students are explored. These domains are Social Understanding, Planning and Organisation, as well as Attention. Join our speakers as they share the different learning processes different among learners with special needs, and strategies that we could adopt to engage them effectively in an online learning environment.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this T&L Conversation? Here are some reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. What are some of the learning processes that you have observed to be different amongst learners with special needs?
  2. Recall a time when you had a special needs student. What were some of the strategies that worked or did not work for you?
  3. What else could be done to make online learning more effective for our students?
In-Conversation with TLC (31 Jul 2021)
Topic: Going beyond Zoom for Online Teaching
Topic: Going beyond Zoom for Online Teaching
Panellists: Choong Wuan Nyuk Cheryl and Brandon Koh

In this session, the panellists will share with us their views on:

  • How have they gone beyond using zoom functions (such as poll and breakout room) and integrate other digital tools to better engage students?
  • How have they integrated the synchronous and asynchronous learning in their online teaching?
  • The challenges they faced in online teaching
T&L Conversation (28 Jul 2021)
Topic: Implementing Digital Portfolio - The SUSS Experience
Topic: Implementing Digital Portfolio - The SUSS Experience
Speaker: Yeo Lay

Do you know that SUSS has a digital platform that allows our students to create their own digital folio for learning and development? Do you know that this digital folio platform allows the SUSS faculty, staff and students to connect and learn more about each other?

In this T&L conversation, Yeo Lay, Assistant Director, Centre for Experiential Learning (CEL) will share the value of portfolio, the key features of the digital folio platform adopted by SUSS (known as Portfolium), and the experience of using digital folio by CEL. She will also facilitate a conversation on how faculty can make use of the digital folio platform to enhance teaching and learning, enable students to curate and showcase their works to their peers and potential employers, and how to create a connected life- long learning community within SUSS.

T&L Conversation (21 Apr 2021)
Topic: Knowledge Building: The Ways to the Heart and Mind of Learners
Topic: Knowledge Building: The Ways to the Heart and Mind of Learners
Speaker: Teo Chew Lee

Research has shown that two things drive productivity in learning: First, a sense of ownership and interest over one's work are keys to improving motivation and self-worth. Second, the way groups work together is critical to how much the group can achieve than the individual expertise that each person brings to the group. We all know that when learners come together to pursue issues and problems that really matter to them, their autonomy and agency skyrockets, the learning outcomes amplified. These learning principles speak as much to the adults in schools, in the workplace, as well as for students in the classroom. These learning principles are also fundamental to Knowledge Building tenets.

In this talk, we will explore the dynamics and conditions of real examples of Knowledge Building classrooms for learners in different contexts and subjects and discuss ways to translate Knowledge Building theories, pedagogy, and technology into practical strategies and approaches in our everyday teaching moves.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this T&L Conversation Session? Here are several reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. An essential aspect of cultivating Knowledge Building is a safe learning culture that supports idea improvement – What is the learning culture in your classroom now? How might you refine the learning culture in your classroom so that it may effectively facilitate Knowledge Building?
  2. What are some ways in which you could implement Knowledge Building in hybrid learning lessons?
T&L Conversation (25 Feb 2021)
Topic: Statistics Comes Alive in Your Marking
Topic: Statistics Comes Alive in Your Marking
Speaker: Koh Tieh Yong

Have you wondered how an outlier can be spotted other than by a mental or graphical impression? How about the criticisms you have heard about Gaussian assumptions not working well in real-life classes? In this T&L conversation, you do not need mathematics skills beyond the knowledge of averaging and some simple algebra (+, -, *, /) to understand how a "universal" theorem, Chebyshev's Inequality, apply to students' marks. No Gaussian statistics is needed! If you come with a healthy appetite to learn more about "means"and "standard deviations", you will be armed with the skills to sieve out a "remarkable" student or a "rogue" marker quite objectively!


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this T&L Conversation Session? Here are several reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. What are the existing factors in marking practices that may result in slanted moderation?
  2. How might the application of the Chebyshev’s theorem, as shared in the Conversation, refine current moderation practices?
In-Conversation with TLC (16 Jan 2021)
Topic: What makes feedback helpful for students?
Topic: What makes feedback helpful for students?
Panellists: Huong Ha, Ng Yaw Tong and Walter Theseira

In this session, the panellists will share with us their views on:

  • What "feedback" means for the teacher, and to the student
  • The problems that they encountered as instructors, with regard to giving feedback
  • Giving feedback across a range of assessment modes
  • Good practices on giving feedback

Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this In-Conversation Session? Here are several reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. What is your current practice of giving feedback, positive or negative, to students?
  2. Are there new strategies/ tips on providing useful feedback to students, that you picked up from our Panellists? What are they, and how do you intend to incorporate the new practice(s) in your class?
T&L Conversation (29 Oct 2020)
Topic: Applied Learning x Entrepreneurship
Topic: Applied Learning x Entrepreneurship
Speaker: Ellen Goel

Have you wondered how starting a business can earn our students a Minor in Entrepreneurship? Have you been tasked to collaborate with industry to develop applied learning courses?

In this T&L conversation, Ellen will share with us her experience developing and managing the Alibaba Cloud - SUSS Entrepreneurship Certificate/Minor. The programme will be an interesting case study on applied education, where the goal is to better prepare our graduates for their future profession.

Ellen will speak about how the programme started in 2017 and how it has supported more than 40 student startups till date out of which 14 teams managed to raise funding from investors of an aggregated amount of more than $8 Million. This conversation is a timely one, given that it falls under the auspices of a very challenging time of major disruptions such as digitization and COVID-19, where small businesses have a hard time to survive and the government is supporting fresh graduates and unemployed PMETs to start businesses.

Ellen will also share her views on the future of education and the startup trends in a post COVID-19 world.

T&L Conversation (28 Aug 2020)
Topic: Digital-Storytelling for Adult and Lifelong Learning
Topic: Digital-Storytelling for Adult and Lifelong Learning
Speaker: Chew Yi Wei

It is only in the past 15 to 20 years that educators have not only integrated but systematised stories and storytelling as part of teaching and learning. Research has also been done - and continues to be - on the importance and usefulness of stories and storytelling in the classroom both for K-12 and adult learning, albeit more attention being centred on the former. However, with Adult and Lifelong Learning gaining prominence not only in academia but at the workplace as well, more research is needed on this very fertile area in order that it be further developed. The advent and proliferation of digitization (since the Age of the Internet began in the early 1990s) have also provided an added dimension and opportunity for teachers of adult learners to enhance their storytelling pedagogies.

This conversation is therefore a timely one, given that it falls under the auspices of a very exciting time in digitisation in/and Adult and Lifelong Learning Education. We look forward to discussing relevant issues and ideas; and no least, to learn from one another as to how we can utilize digital storytelling as pedagogy - regardless of, and across our individual disciplines.

In-Conversation with TLC (18 Jul 2020)
Topic: Making Online Learning Work
Topic: Making Online Learning Work
Panellists: Khoo Sim Eng, Lim Lily, C. Sangary and Sarah Chew

In this session, SUSS Award for Teaching Excellence 2020 recipients, Sim Eng and Lily will share with us on:

  • Role of an instructor in the online class
  • Challenges they encountered as instructors during the transition to online teaching
  • Resources for online teaching
  • Online teaching strategies and what worked for them
  • Suggestions to improve the learning experience for students

Along with the award recipients are students, C. Sangary and Sarah Chew, who will share with us their experience with online learning.


Reflection Questions

What are some of your takeaways from this In-Conversation Session? Here are several reflection questions to guide you as you review the recording:

  1. What are some teaching strategies that you adopted for your online class, which were different from what you used to practice in the physical class?
  2. What are some challenges you encountered when teaching online, and how did you navigate/ overcome them?
  3. Are there new strategies/ tips on engaging students in an online class, that you picked up from our Panellists? What are they, and how do you intend to incorporate the new practice(s) in your online teaching?
T&L Conversation (5 Jun 2020)
Topic: Using Technology to Support Online Teaching
Topic: Using Technology to Support Online Teaching
Speakers: Lee Wee Chee, Daniel Seah, and Amy Wong

Have you wondered how online teaching has been conducted by our peers during this COVID-19 period? Will their experiences be similar to yours? In this T&L conversation, the speakers will share with us their experiences of teaching online, and the learning points they have gleaned from them.

Specifically, Wee Chee will speak about how IAL tweaked their programmes to support online teaching to protect learning and assessment experiences.

Daniel will share how he structured his lessons, and extol the merits of unpacking online teaching into bite-size chunks, suited for working adults who lack a conducive learning environment at home.

Amy will share her experiences of teaching two different groups of students, namely one who chose to enroll into an online course while the other was "pushed" to do online learning due to the circuit breaker.

The speakers will also share their views on how they will incorporate online learning into their teaching post COVID-19.