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.
in NUSSU - The Ridge Online, 21 July 2010
by Meera Nair
eLearning: A concept all too familiar to students. With our lectures webcast, tutorials submitted online and discussions taking place on forums or chatrooms, there is no need for us to move an inch from our comfortable perches at home.
It is extremely convenient for us, but have you ever wondered what went on in the background? How do your lecturers cope with the demands of an eLearning week?
in ZDNet Asia, 5 February 2010
by Liau Yun Qing
Twitter has also found its way into education through other uses. At the National University of Singapore, Ravi Chandran, director of the Centre for Instructional Technologies, said his department uses a Twitter account to provide system updates to the university community.
He added that many departments in the university use Twitter as an informal broadcast medium for announcements, while some use the microblogging service to engage students....
Apart from wikis, blogs are used in teaching. NUS' Chandran noted that blogs were one of the earliest social media tools used in NUS and were implemented as early as 2003. The school launched the NUS Module Blogs in mid-2006 and Blog.nus in 2008 to help the faculty and students set up their own blogs for learning.
Chandran added that the university has its own YouTube channel where public lectures and other videos are shared with a worldwide audience. In addition, videos on the services provided by NUS Libraries and NUS Career Centre are also hosted on the video-sharing Web site.
in the Borneo Bulletin, 16 December 2009
by Afelda Ghani
Speaking to the Bulletin, Ravi Chandran, Director of Centre for Instructional Technology, National University of Singapore addressed the challenges faced by e-learning which include the selection of instructional topics.
"While some topics are supported by e-learning, such as those characterised by facts and figures, other subjects such as personal skills and emotional intelligence are better off dealt face-to-face. Basically, all we need for e-learning to be successful is a prepared infrastucture, stable campus network and strong Internet because e-learning is supposed to be interactive. Just go out there and do it and see what works and what doesn't and make changes along the way. Dont' wait for perfection until you start implementing something because by the time that happens, it probably wont work and it will just be too late" says Ravi.