Professional Development Programme-Teaching (PDP-T)

PDP-T aims to provide a collegial environment for early career academics to explore and reflect critically on their teaching practice with the aim of improving the quality of their students' learning

Teaching Practicum

The practicum provides an opportunity for you to develop your teaching through experimentation, critical reflection, discussion with colleagues, and documentation. It will help you devise an educational research project, which you will present to a small audience of peers. It requires you to:

  1. reflect upon your own teaching in order to identify a research question relating to it;

  2. situate the topic you have identified within a larger body of education scholarship;

  3. identify and apply relevant methodology to address the research question; and, assess the effectiveness of your project.

Some possible areas to engage in such experimentation are:

  • design/modification of the curriculum for a module (e.g. to go beyond the outcomes of understanding and application)

  • instructional planning (e.g. use of tutorials for exercises that prepare students for future lectures rather than for applying the concepts of past lectures, use of readings to introduce students to new topics not (yet) covered in lectures)

  • classroom strategies (e.g. buzz groups, short class quizzes),

  • activities outside the classroom (e.g. affinity groups, email for teaching)

  • educational technology (e.g. web-based tutorials, discussion forums)

  • assessment (e.g. open book exams, simulated ‘conference’ presentations)


Preparing for your Practicum

The Teaching Practicum will consist of the following:

  1. Submission of Draft Proposal: The draft proposal should not exceed 300 words, outlining what you intend to do, and what you hope to learn from it. In particular, please include information on the educational goal or strategy being experimented, the context of the experimentation and possible problems and solutions in your proposal. Please send as a soft copy to Doreen Thia at .

  2. Practicum Sessions: The practicum sessions will involve meetings with your mentor – (i) The first meeting is compulsory. It involves a discussion and confirmation of your draft proposal. (ii) The second meeting is optional. It is for faculty members who would like to seek feedback and/or consultation as they implement their proposal.

  3. Final Presentation: The outcome of the practicum experiments will be presented at the final presentation session.

  4. Written Report: A written report is to be prepared and submitted to CDTL. This will be based on and revised after the final presentation, incorporating the findings of the practicum experience, as well as the implications for your personal educational philosophy. You could use these questions as a guide when you start writing your practicum report (not exceeding ten pages):

    • What was the aim of your practicum project? (e.g. to try out a new pedagogical strategy, to aim at a new learning outcome, OR to find answers to some issues/problems relating to lectures, tutorials, assessments that you personally experienced)

    • How was the project carried out? (e.g. how was the experiment designed and conceptualized, how were the new materials designed)

    • What did you discover?

    • What are some answers that the pedagogical experiment provided you with?

    • How can you incorporate what you have discovered in your teaching?

    • What are some reflections on and from your work that you think would be useful to share with the NUS community of teachers?

    • What conclusions can you draw from the planning, designing and execution of your project?