The arguments made by both keynotes on learning through research were sustained further during the two panel discussions. In framing the concepts of powerful knowledge and a connected curriculum in the local context, the first panel chaired by CDTL Director, A/Prof Johan Geertsema, on “Research-based education” brought together a panel consisting of an undergraduate student, a graduate student, NUS Associate Librarian, and the keynote speakers. The panellists’ diverse perspectives and questions from the audience enriched the discussion on the extent to which these concepts could be applied within the NUS context.
The second panel, on “Fostering lifelong learning through connecting higher education with work environments”, was chaired by Dr Helen Bound from the Institute for Adult Learning Singapore, and panellists from different NUS academic and administrative units. They discussed practical ways in which education and research in the university can connect with workplace learning, and the benefits and challenges when universities connect faculty, students, and alumni in the co-creation of an authentic education.