ALSET Signs MOU with Singapore Polytechnic to Enhance Education Research and Launch New Courses

Professor Robert Kamei (left), ALSET Founding Director and NUS Associate Provost (Education), and Mr Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal (Academic) of Singapore Polytechnic.

On March 28, the Institute for Application of Learning Sciences and Educational Technology (NUS ALSET) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Education Development at Singapore Polytechnic (SP EDU). The MoU will support the rollout of ALSET courses at SP and drive collaborative research projects in the learning sciences.

“We look forward to this wonderful opportunity to work with Singapore Polytechnic,” said Prof Robert Kamei, Associate Provost (Education) at NUS and founding director of ALSET. “With upcoming collaborations with fellow educators and faculty members, there is a lot of shared interest in terms of the work that we do.”

Mr Lim Peng Hun, Deputy Principal of Singapore Polytechnic, echoed these sentiments: “While our student profiles may be different, both SP EDU and ALSET share similar passions about the questions that we want to answer regarding student learning. We hope that through this synergy, we are able to share more insights and accelerate the pursuit of our mission.”

From left to right: Ms Alvita Ardisara, Ms Helene Leong-Wee Kwee Huay, Mr Kevin Hartman, Mr Ahmad Al-Mahir, Mr Mark Nivan Singh, Prof Robert Kamei, Mr Lim Peng Hun, Dr Alexandre Biotteau, Mr Fung Fun Man, Mr Aaron Jeyaraj, Mr Noor Azhar, Dr Magdeline Ng.

The MOU signing ceremony included discussions on upcoming collaborative projects between the two institutes. One example is a mobile educational app that is being co-developed by both parties.

“This app is a personal coach that delivers evidence-based learning strategies for students at NUS and SP to achieve better learning outcomes,” said Mr Fung Fun Man, Assistant Director of ALSET (Education) and Lecturer at NUS. “Dr Magdeline Ng (Librarian and Lecturer at NUS ALSET) will be visiting SP to present this app to fellow educators at the Polytechnic.”

Another upcoming collaboration is a joint education research project at Singapore Polytechnic led by NUS ALSET research leads Dr Patricia Chen and Dr Joshua Gooley. The study aims to investigate the role of self-directed learning in students’ studying experiences in SP’s Engineering, Architecture, and Performance Art departments. Both parties are working together to finalise the study design and to train staff and educators that will be involved in the upcoming project.

In April 2020, SP will also adopt course materials from ALSET’s flagship course, Learning to Learn Better (LTLB), which will be taught as an elective module. Launched in 2017, LTLB examines recent research and longstanding wisdom from the learning sciences, helping students avoid common misconceptions about learning and develop healthy, evidence-based study habits.