A Conversation with 2021 Outstanding Educator Award (OEA) Recipient Assoc Prof Alfred Kow Wei Chieh

Associate Professor Alfred KOW Wei Chieh
Department of Surgery
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM)

In this episode, we speak with Assoc Prof Alfred Kow, recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Educator Award (OEA), as he shares about his journey to being an educator,  as well as
his perspectives on teaching and learning.

In this episode, we are pleased to have 2021 OEA recipient Assoc Professor Alfred Kow share some of the principles and beliefs that inform his journey as an educator, including some of the strategies he has applied in his teaching to engage medical students, including applying aspects of technology-enhanced learning, such as virtual and mixed reality technology, to facilitate the learning process. 

Some of the conversation points include the following: 

  • The ways in which the application of technology facilitated learning in medical education during the COVID-19 pandemic (05:48)  
  • Applying virtual reality in medical education (07:10) 
  • Challenges of measuring the efficacy of technology-enhanced strategies (09:04) 
  • Reflecting on the implications of applying technology to enhance learning in medical education (10:32) 

This episode is chaired by Assoc Prof Aaron Danner, Deputy Director of the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL).  

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alfred-kow-wei-chieh Alfred KOW is Associate Professor of the Department of Surgery and currently Assistant Dean at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. In addition to his active involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, Alfred is also Head and Senior Consultant at the Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery at National University Hospital, and a core faculty member of the NUHS Surgery Residency Programme.


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