By NARAYANAN Shyam

Abstract
Classroom Response System was introduced in National University of Singapore to improve the student interaction. This system generated high level of interest among the teaching staff and students who found it useful as the system offered instant feedback of class understanding of subject matter providing insights to the instructors. However, the usage was not widely adopted due to various reasons that were impediment to the success of this service. This laid foundation to move towards ‘QuestionSMS’. A SMS based Feedback System for cheaper cost, wider compatibility and greater adoption. The paper also discusses the challenges of SMS based system and the roadmap for this initiative.

Paper Presentation at APRU Education and Research Technology Forum in California, USA. 26-28 May 2010.

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ideas May 2010

By N. Sivasothi, Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences

For the third year running, non-biology students who take the cross-faculty module LSM1303 Animal Behaviour are blogging. As part of their continual assessment, every student in the class of about 200 creates a single blog post each. Their blog site, Blogging about Animal Behaviour is hosted on Blog.nus.

Blogging benefits

Writing an original post encourages students to read and communicate beyond the limits of their project work and lectures. It also exposes them to their fellow-students' efforts which cover a wide range of examples of animal behaviour.

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By Ravi CHANDRAN

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The National University of Singapore (NUS) implemented a campus-wide eLearning Week (eLW) from 4th to 10th October (week 8 ) of Semester I, AY 2009/2010. ELearning was meant to test the University’s ability to leverage on IT resources to maintain business continuity in the eventuality of a disruption to normal teaching activities. One aim of eLW is to understand how the University and staff could recover from the loss of interactivity and face-to-face contact when normal ‘services’ resume again. A second point is that eLW would allow staff to get better acquainted with the educational content development tools available at NUS. This will allow them to consider using these content development tools in future to complement their face-to-face teaching. The third point is to allow Computer Centre and Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT) to use eLW to stress test campus network infrastructure and internet bandwidth, course management system and streaming resources.

Paper presentation at Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010 in Malaysia. 17-20 May 2010.

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