The Educational Unit provides courses and other services to help individuals of all ages become effective lifelong learners.

Education Unit

ALSET Courses

ALSET offers classes for students and working adults on the basic principles of how we learn, choose, and think. These classes help people of all ages to develop strategies for learning in the most efficient, productive, and enjoyable manner possible. This cultivates the skills to remain competitive in a rapidly changing job market and an increasingly complex world.

ALS1010 and ALS1010CP – Learning to learn Better

In 2017, ALSET launched ALS1010 - Learning to Learn Better (LTLB), an undergraduate course that examines recent research and longstanding wisdom from the field of learning science. A blended learning experience, ALS1010 helps students avoid common misconceptions about learning and develop healthy, evidence-based study habits. It demonstrates how best practices can sometimes be counterintuitive (a fact that students often don’t believe until they try incorporating these practices into their own lives).

In 2018, ALSET launched ALS1010CP, a similar course for working adults that is offered via the School of Continuing and Lifelong Education(SCALE), a new institution that supports working adults and employers to create lifelong learning opportunities (SCALE provides part-time degrees, modular certificate courses, executive development programmes, and free or discounted classes for NUS alumni).

Both courses fulfill university requirements for 2 Modular Credits (MC).

ALS1020 – Learning to Choose

In 2018, ALSET also launched Learning to Choose, a course on the fundamentals of decision making and cognitive bias. Through discussion and reflection on common biases, which are discussed in compelling e-lectures, learners will critically assess their own decision-making processes and avoid common traps, such as confirmation bias, gambler’s fallacy, and the endowment effect.

This is a 2MC module and fulfills the University Unrestricted Electives (UE) requirement.

Supporting Faculty

For NUS teaching staff, including Educator Track and Tenure Track faculty, we support you in conducting educational research and evaluating pedagogical interventions in your classes. To learn more about how to partner with ALSET by joining as a Core or Affiliated Faculty, please contact Fun Man Fung, ALSET’s Assistant Director (Education).

To view our current membership, please visit our Researcher Directory.

ALSET Events

ALSET regularly hosts events for anyone interested in learning. For more information about our student events, please visit our Student Events page or our Student Events Blog.

National Coding Competition

Students compete in the live finals of the National Coding Competition, an ALSET-led event that draw over 1,000 participants from across Singapore.

CODE 2018

ALSET hosts CODE:2018!, an event for aspiring female coders that drew over 70 high school students.

Ace of Coders 2018

Chris Boesch (bottom left) at the live finals of Ace of Coders 2018, where students watch with bated breath as their code comes to life on the big screen.

Ace Of Coders 2017

November 2017, ALSET Deputy Director Chris Boesch helped run Ace of Coders, a National Infocomm Competition that teaches students the fundamentals of coding. Co-hosted with the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and held on the NUS campus, it included over 850 students from Singaporean secondary schools and junior colleges, as well undergraduates at NUS.

WESST 2017

Co-hosted by ALSET and the School of Computing at NUS in July 2017, the WESST workshop brought together some of the world’s leading experts in educational and social science technology, including keynotes from Dragan Gaševic of the University of Edinburgh, Xiangen Hu from the University of Memphis, and Carolyn Rosé and John Stamper from Carnegie Mellon University.

The Ultimate Learning Weekend and First EdTech Challenge

Students and faculty celebrate the First EdTech Challenge, a business case competition for new edtech solutions held in February 2017.