Media Mentions

in The Straits Times, 2 August 2011
by Leow Si Wan

The Education Resource Centre of the University Town (UTown) is poised to become a souped-up learning hub for the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The $50 million, four-level building, to be open 24/7, bristles with technology that will promote the active exchange of ideas among students, including collaborations across disciplines....

During a media tour yesterday, the director of NUS' Centre for Instructional Technology Ravi Chandran explained that the Education Resource Centre will be a test bed for collaborative technologies.

He said: 'We are working with companies to test the latest software and hardware, and if it works well here, we plan to extend these technologies to the Kent Ridge campus.'

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in New York Times, 1 May 2011
by Sonia Kolesnikov-Jessop

Misha Petrovic, an assistant professor of sociology at the National University of Singapore who has been using wiki tools for five semesters, said he believed that using the wiki format made the learning experience more dynamic. The approach encourages peer-to-peer learning, rather than passive waiting for the instructor’s feedback, he said.

Mr. Petrovic, who has also taught in the United States and Europe, notes that in the context of Asian culture, wikis can help students who tend to be less outspoken.

“Many here are often uncomfortable speaking in front of the class,”’ he said, “so dividing them into wiki teams and allowing them to contribute from home and at their own pace works great.”

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in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 September 2010
by Jeff Young

Singapore—Next month a major undergraduate division of the National University of Singapore will ask students to stay out of the classroom for a whole week—and force professors to teach online instead. It's an unusual drill to prepare for any unexpected campus shutdown, and it was inspired by the SARS outbreaks of 2003 and last year's concerns about H1N1.

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