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Featured Articles of Our Taylor's College Lecturers

A list of featured articles from Taylor's College lecturers on their areas of expertise.

Addressing the challenges of online learning in the SACE International programme: A personal experience

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.


Usability Assessment For The Enhancement of Quality of a Web Portal Interface

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. 


Pandemic Pedagogy: Optimizing Learning via Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning Spaces

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)


Fostering Cognitive Thinking

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.


Why Do I Teach? 

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.


Eliciting the Beliefs of Probationary Students About Their Attendance of Pass Within the Integrated Behavioral Model Framework

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.


Multiple Intelligence Theory in Business Education: Does it Make a Difference?

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.


Online Interactive Games: A Modern Approach for Teaching Biology

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.


Exploring Emotional Intelligence and Learning: An Educator's Personal Journey

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.


The Influence of online business games on the level of motivation among 1407 Intake International Baccalaureate Students

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.


21st Century Learning Skills: Nurturing the minds of SACEi students in Taylor’s College

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.


Improving Instruction via Peer Coaching: A preliminary study

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


A Reflection on how Music and Songs are Used in the Literature Classroom

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.


Peer-to-Peer Tutoring and its Challenge

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.