The Provost Office, Computer Centre, CIT and CDTL are organizing the NUS'
Technology Experience Day on the 25th April 2017 from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m at
Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL)

The aim of this inaugural event is to inspire and encourage faculty to experience first-hand technology tools and services that can enhance and create a positive
impact to teaching and learning.

This session is open to all NUS faculty and some of the projects will be showcased during this event:

  1. A/P Erle Lim, Department of Medicine, YLLSOM
    Oculus Rift
  2. Computer Centre
    Google Cardboard + 360-degree Media
    iBeacon + NUS Virtual Cards
  3. Centre for Instructional Technology
    GoPro HERO5 Black and 360fly Cameras
    HTC Vive with Tilt Brush
  4. Dr Emelyn Tan, Department of Chemistry, FOS
    3D Augmented Reality App
  5. A/Prof Kelvin Foong, FOD
    Computer-aided 3D Visualization

A/P Erle Lim, Department of Medicine, YLLSOM
Using Oculus Rift for Healthcare Students to Appreciate Eye Symptoms

The Oculus Rift, created by Oculus VR, is a virtual reality 3-D headset that uses 360-degree head tracking to make it feel like the wearer is inside a different world. The Oculus Rift was initially designed for gaming purposes, but potential uses for education have also been explored. The Oculus Rift has traditionally employed virtual reality - in which the user is in an artificial environment. In this project, I collaborated with CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) to develop games- and task-based scenarios in which the user, ostensibly a healthcare student, gets to “look through the eyes” of patients with various neurologic and eye diseases with characteristic eye signs. These conditions include:

  1. Migraines - with scotomata (obscuration of visual field), chromatopsia (coloured lights)
  2. Colour blindness
  3. Optic neuritis - with blurred vision and loss of colour vision
  4. Constriction of visual fields - called tunnel vision
  5. Hemianopia - with diminution of half the visual field
  6. Oscillopsia - apparent movement of stationary objects
  7. Diplopia - double vision

In addition to using virtual reality to simulate these optic phenomena, the students at ETC created a device with 2 cameras mounted on a perspex “external spectacles” to fit over the Oculus Rift, allowed the wearer to view the external milieu - and project the above phenomena over them, i.e. augmented reality.

MediSIM - Medical Simulated Interactive Manikin
Hololens MediSIM is a holographic avatar superimposed on abdominal manikin to simulate various disease states, and to teach the abdominal examination.

Palpation skills are paramount to effective osteopathic practice, but teaching students how to palpate and learning palpation is a real pedagogical challenge as it requires the right combination of knowledge, skills, and attitude.

By visually simulating a 3-D, CG interactive patient and with the HoloLens superimposed on the Abe, including the simulated patient’s facial and auditory reactions to palpation, students will see a moving, interactive person – lending greater verisimilitude to the experience. The student may also need to make decision on what organs need to be palpated by the corresponding medical records.

Video link here

Computer Centre
Google Cardboard + 360-degree Media

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. 360-degree media are videos or photos that allow you to view in any direction from a single standing position.

In this event, we are going to demo a simple setup using Google Cardboard to create an immersive experience with 360-degree media.
Related links:
Google Cardboard: How it works! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxAj2lyX4oU

iBeacon + NUS Virtual Cards
An iBeacon is a device transmitting bluetooth signals that can be picked up by smartphone apps. Strategically-placed, iBeacons can be used to deliver location-based content in smartphone apps.

The NUS Virtual Cards is a mobile app that creates virtual identity of a user, displaying a virtual matric or staff card following a valid authentication. This virtual identity can potentially tap on functions of a mobile device such as bluetooth, QR Code scanning, etc, to verify the identity of a user. For this event, we are going to demo how the NUS Virtual Cards can be used with iBeacons for attendance taking.

Centre for Instructional Technology
HTC Vive

Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. This endless possibilities can be now realised via CIT's HTC Vive set.

GoPro HERO5 Black
HERO5 Black can capture stunningly smooth video handheld, mounted to your favourite gear and more.. CIT has acquired chest harness, tripod and a head gear to create educational content.

360fly 4K Camera
360fly 4K captures in both 360° and first -person POV modes. Shoot, edit and share videos in 4k resolution. It's dustproof, shockproof and water resistant. The 360fly 4K camera is now part of CIT's suite of video equipment available for loan/rent.

Watch demo video

Dr Emelyn Tan, Department of Chemistry, FOS
3D Augmented Reality App

“ARMolVis” is an Augmented Reality Molecular Visualiser for everyday products. By hovering smart devices with this app over 2D photos of selected everyday products, the predominant molecule in those products will appear on the device in 3D. The 2D photos can be manipulated in the physical world to view the 3D molecules models from different angles. In addition, the chemical’s name and formula are also displayed.

Watch demo video

A/P Kelvin Foong, FOD
Bridging clinical skills training and oral/facial anatomy with computer-aided 3-D visualization to enhance operative skills competency

Dental students have difficulty in applying anatomical knowledge learnt to the clinical context in the performance of operative procedures, a common example being the administration of local anaesthesia (LA). To overcome this difficulty, the project team developed interactive platforms through:

  • an iBook (Apple Inc.)
  • a stereoscopic virtual LA delivery model using the iBench (EON Reality)
  • a realistic 3D printed physical model of the facial/oral anatomy

The presentation will give an overview of the development and how these platforms help with learning. It will also highlight the main challenges faced in the development, e.g., the steep learning curve in human anatomy of the technical team, and the approach taken to mitigate these issues.

Details of event:
25 APR 2017 | 2 PM to 5.30 PM
Seminar Rooms@ CDTL
15 Kent Ridge Rd, Singapore 119225

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Dear NUS Students,

Student Technology Survey 2017

The Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) at the National University of Singapore seeks your support to participate in an international survey that explores the technology ownership, usage patterns and student expectations as they relate to the students' experience in the use of technology to support teaching and learning.

Your participation will allow NUS to pro-actively plan and meet students' expectations in the use of IT for teaching and learning. Your responses will be anonymous and completely confidential. This survey will take about 30 minutes to complete.

CIT thanks you in advance for your time in taking this survey.

If you need further information or require clarification about this survey, please email ECAR Survey2017 at ecarsurvey2017@nus.edu.sg.

For an independent opinion regarding the research and the rights of the research participants, you may contact a staff member of the National University of Singapore Institutional Review Board (Attn: Dr. Chan Tuck Wai, at telephone 6516 1234 or email at ird@nus.edu.sg).

Please click 2017 Student Technology Survey to start.

Thank you,
Centre for Instructional Technology
National University of Singapore

Dr. Ann Rogerson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong, will discuss how to interpret a Turnitin Similarity Report.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 2017
Time: 0900 hrs to 0940 hrs (Singapore time)
Cost: Nil
Duration: 30 mins plus 10 mins Q and A

About the presenter

Ann sits on the committee for academic integrity at her University and is recognized on campus as a Turnitin subject matter expert. She believes passionately in teaching and developing critical thinking and writing skills, and as a teacher of organizational behaviour and leadership, Ann deeply understands the importance of integrity and feedback in the real world. To meet these ends, she sees Turnitin as a useful teaching tool.

Register here.

Note: This webinar is organised by Turnitin.

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Digital Assessments using ExamSoft for NUS is now hosted on servers located in Singapore. This gives NUS faster access to ExamSoft.

In 2016/2017 Semester I, 5,000 students did digital assessment vs. 2,000 in 2015/2016 Semester I.