A list of featured articles from Taylor's College lecturers on their areas of expertise.
By Foo Siew Shya (Wendy Loo)
As the first lockdown, Movement Control Order, was imposed on March 18, 20201 to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection, I was challenged to shift my mode of teaching from face-to-face to an online platform. The pressure to push beyond the boundary of the four walls in a classroom was compounded by the fact that online teaching and learning is no longer an option and education institutions around the world began to focus on online learning platforms as the core transformation in this era of ‘new normal in education.
In view of this transformation, I had to make the paradigm shift and embrace the new norm in pedagogy. This caused plenty of apprehension as I was afraid that students would be short- changed and lose the actual essence in their learning experiences. However, I managed, not only to remove the apprehensions, but have gained so much personally that has made me a better reflective practitioner.
By Shageetha Ramachandran
A web portal can be defined as a personalized, single point of access to information, resources and services covering a wide range of topic. Based on some researches, a system based on the internet can improve the work efficiency to some extent and provide all kinds of academic administration information timely.
As to establish the intended function, usability is a crucial factor to be embarked on. This will ensure that the users are attracted to use the portal by increasing the relationship between the users and the portal’s interface.
The Applied Informatics Research Group (AIRG) is the group assigned by the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FSKTM) to manage the Research Group Portal System (RGPS) that is the sample used in this research. The RGPS is a web-based system that allows collaboration among the users; to locate, store, use and share their knowledge.
The main objective of this research is to obtain the feedback from the users regarding the usability of the RGPS that is deterring them from optimizing the usage of this system. Surveys and questionnaires are used to evaluate and the output acts an input to modify the interface of the RGPS. Again, validation will be done to weight the users’ experience with the modified user interface.
By Alice Cheah Wai Kuan
This video provides tips on how lecturers can engage students more holistically during this Covid-19 pandemic lockdown period. Primarily, I describe how I had utilized the asynchronous teaching approach via Taylor’s award winning digital education management platform known as TIMeS to deliver lessons and keep regularly in touch with my students to ensure learning outcomes are successfully met.
The TIMeS is user-friendly and allows lectures to be recorded via ReWIND. Additionally, various features such as forum, chat, quiz, links and digital dropbox provides teachers to optimize students’ learning. I also complement asynchronous learning with synchronous learning where students join my live lectures and tutorial sessions via Microsoft Teams and Zoom digital platforms.
With technologies such as these, teachers can make learning fun, interactive, purposeful, convenient and most importantly, student-centric anywhere, and at any time.
(Key words: Covid-19 pandemic, Pandemic Pedagogy, Asynchronous Learning, Synchronous learning, Online Teaching)
By Foo Siew Shya
The article captures the author’s experience as a SACEi Legal Studies lecturer in fostering cognitive thinking in a class where students had low or average English language proficiency. The author argues that educators need to take a different pedagogical approach with students who have low English proficiency to help them succeed in the 21st century.
By Indraselvi Pararajasingam
Indraselvi talks about her time as a temporary teacher and how compassion went a long way to turning a difficult class and student around.
By Parvinder Kaur Hukam Singh and Thavamalar Thuraisingam
The primary purpose of this study is to explore how Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are perceived by underperforming students at the American Degree Program in view of their irregular attendance and poor CGPA.
By Irene Ong Pooi Fong
The Multiple Intelligence (MI) theory has not failed to generate both keen interest and critical arguments since it gained attention among educational researchers and educators in 1983. The theory was investigated at different levels of schooling, from pre-school to adult education, including higher education. This paper seeks to find out whether using the MI theory in delivering a course in business and recognising the different learning strengths of individuals will indeed make a difference in terms of their learning and task engagement experience, content knowledge, motivation and development of skills.
By Nantha Kumar Jeyaprakasam
Millennials usually prefer a different kinds of teaching strategies and it can be argued that the most ideal learning environment for millennials should be less teacher-centred and more student-centred with plenty of emphasis given to collaborative work among students. Teachers can gamify lessons via online interactive tools such as Kahoot! and Quizizz. Gamification would be feasible for subjects like Biology at pre-university levels where the students have some prior knowledge in biological concepts learnt in secondary school.
By Malathy Bernard Fenn
Healthy classroom environments depend on the creation of a classroom culture that allows children to develop emotional intelligence competencies. Emotional intelligence help us to become healthy individuals capable of encouraging and motivating students to become better individuals. It has been an interesting subject of study over the years and one which has often intrigued and interested me.
By Sujata Devi V.N. Parameswaran Nair
This study examines the influence of playing online business games on students’ level of motivation in their learning. The study was on 9 student from 1407 Intake International Baccalaureate students. Feedback from playing the online business games was collected using a survey method. This was done to check the level of student motivation in playing the online games.
By Wendy Foo Siew Shya
In this digital era where online communication is a lifestyle, educators are increasingly finding it more challenging to fully engage students in traditional style teaching and learning. This trend has resulted in a much lower attention span among this generation of students and an increase in their expectation to have immediate feedback on their learning.
By Liew Wai Yee
Peer coaching is a confidential process through which two or more professional colleagues/teachers work together and reflect on current teaching practices. It is a platform where teachers can expand, refine and build new skills by sharing ideas and classroom experience. It also allows teachers learn from one another, conduct classroom research or solve problems which are commonly encountered in the workplace
By Navina Navartnam
This purpose of this article is to reflect and document what I have noticed music and song can do in my International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher- level literature classroom. The emphasis was on how music and song lyrics can be used to teach poetry.
By Tan Siew Ling
Peer tutoring is becoming a trend in most of the higher learning institutions. Peer tutoring is a learning method of instruction that involves students teaching other students. Students work in pairs to help one another learn a material or practice an academic task.