Take home lessons – Fellows share their thoughts

Aaron Danner

Electrical and Computer Engineering | Faculty of Engineering

Prof. Wheeler’s lecture was engaging from the very beginning. I learned something from his lecture style – an effective way to connect with an audience. At one point in the lecture he said “Do we have any Americans in here?” or “Do we have any ____ in here?” to get audience members to respond in a personal way. I liked that very much!

Stephen Lim Wee Hun

Psychology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Assoc Prof Steve Wheeler’s lecture was a timely reminder in regard to how social media technologies such as Facebook and Twitter that originally served leisure purposes are fast becoming potential pedagogical channels for connecting and communicating with learners in higher education today. As university teachers in this digital age, we are compelled to acknowledge the ways in which students are embracing technology in their daily living, and challenged to imagine how best social media technologies can be incorporated into traditional pedagogies to optimise teaching and learning.

Damith C Rajapakse

Computer Science | School of Computing

Dr. Steve Wheeler’s talk, while peppered with lighthearted observations about all things related to teaching, and anecdotes from his own learning journey, was also punctuated with insights very relevant to the audience. For me, the most important takeaway from the talk was the need to identify learners’ personality, aspirations, and their reliance on the teacher for guidance and support, for teachers can have a profound impact on the trajectory of a student’s future. I think his predictions about the future of T&L is definitely worth some thought as we ourselves evolve how we teach.

Seow Teck Keong

Biological Sciences | Faculty of Science

The lecture was entitled ‘My Learning Journey’ and it was a learning journey for me too. One of the lessons I was reminded of from the lecture was to always look for evidence to support claims that are made. The example given was the use of the term, “digital natives”, which many, including myself, had used, but has turned out to be a myth after all. As a matter of fact, a recent article in Teaching and Teacher Education (P. A. Kirschner and P. D. Bruyckere, Teach. Teach. Educ. 67, 135-142; 2017) that was featured in Nature (Nature 547, 380; 2017), presented numerous studies that provided evidence that digital natives do not exist, and hence, the need to be mindful of the instructional designs that revolve around this myth. The lecture was a significant milestone in my personal learning journey.

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