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OEA Public Lectures 2016

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The Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) Ceremony and the Outstanding Educator Award (OEA) Public Lecture Series 2016 was held on Thursday, 12 May 2016 at the University Hall Auditorium, Level 2, Lee Kong Chian Wing. This year's public lectures were delivered by the two OEA winners, A/P Gerald Koh and A/P Paulin Tay Straughan. The two speakers for this year’s Outstanding Educator Award (OEA) Public Lecture Series addressed different but related approaches to key dimensions of higher education. Both talks were oriented to self-directed experiential learning that addresses real-world problems. Focusing on different cases, the first took as its point of departure the importance of integrating the core missions of the university, while the second considered ways in which to foster a love for learning that moves beyond the dissemination of content.

Synopsis


A/P Gerald Koh
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

USING RESEARCH TO SHOW THAT SERVICE IS EDUCATIONAL AND USING TEACHING OF RESEARCH TO IMPROVE SERVICE: MERGING THE THREE MISSIONS OF ACADEMIA

The three main missions of the university and academic staff are teaching, research, and service. Often, these three domains stretch the academic in different directions, resulting in compartmentalization and stress. However, if strategically and purposefully planned, these missions may coalesce and produce synergies that are greater than the sum of its parts. In this lecture, the presenter wil share how research was used to demonstrate that service was educational, and how teaching of research led to service improvements in society.

   

A/P Paulin Tay Straughan
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

DECONSTRUCTING “LOVE”: AN “ÜBER-COOL” WAY TO UNLOCK POTENTIAL IN NOVICE SCHOLARS

Teaching at tertiary level should move beyond content dissemination so as to nurture human capital. Educators thus experiment with various pedagogies in the belief that different models to invoke the love of learning will work in varied environments and circumstances. Freshman Seminars, piloted in FASS in 2010, constitute one such experiment; over the last years their effectiveness in inducting students into the wonderful journey of life-long learning has become apparent. In a module that has been named the top “Über-cool” course by Vulcan Post, an online publication that focuses on technology, students are empowered to drive their learning trajectory through collective wisdom. We will discuss the approach invoked in the conduct of this Freshman Seminar and highlight how the tools used to assess students facilitated their engagement in the module.