Video on POEMS

Here’s another in-housed produced video for Design Thinking. This tool called POEMS is useful for making good observations as well as during brainstorming sessions for ideas. Enjoy!

Video on Conducting Good Interviews

As part of the Design Thinking process, students are required to understand their users better so in-depth  interviews are usually conducted. Here’s our in-housed produced teaching video on Conducting a Successful Interview. Enjoy!

Flipped Classroom Pioneer in SP

There is a buzz in the education scene called the FLIPPED CLASSROOM and it has changed the way teaching is delivered. On Apr 8, EDU invited Mr Aaron Sams, a pioneer in Flipped Classroom to conduct a seminar talk and workshop in SP.

Flipped Classroom or Flipped Learning is defined by Aaron as a pedagogical approach in which:

  • direct instruction moves  from the group learning space to the individual learning space
  • group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment
  • educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage with subject

Aaron Sams conducting Flipped Classroom seminar & workshop in Singapore Polytechnic on 8 April 2014

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If you are interested in trying out Flipped Classroom do contact EDU. Meanwhile, check out this popular video of Aaron on Flipped Classroom.

Class for this Week for BOTH sets of CT Participants – The SP Student (ONLINE)

Hi Folks

Class This Week for ALL CT participants is ONLINE. SO do NOT come to class. If you would like some time by yourself, I would suggest that you come down to Club Ignite to work there. Deadline for this assignment is till the end of July. If you need clarification, please do let me (Mark) know.

Okay here’s the instructions:

The assignment today is interesting. How well do we really know our students? Here’s the chance to find out.


Step 1 – Download the instructions the instructions  – TheSPstudent_2013


Step 2 – Create your own persona of our students either via PPT or Capzles (See instructions above)


Step 3 – Submit your work via Blackboard by doing the following:


Log into Blackboard at (You MUST DO THIS STEP. If you don’t, and you just click the link below, you will receive an error message.)


Submit your assignment by clicking the link below:


Blackboard Awards – Check This Out!

Hi Folks

Check this out! Blackboard Awards. Do consider taking part or nominating your colleagues if you can!

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Sharing by Christopher Tan, DMIT

2011 International Conference on ICT in Teaching and Learning

I recently attended this conference ( in Hong Kong from 11-13 Jul 2011. It was an eye opening conference with lots of presenters from around the world. In this short article, I would like to share some things that I’ve learnt during this conference.


The Open University of Hong Kong has been developing audio/video casts and e-books for their students and publishing them on the popular iTunes U platform. One simply has to search for “ouhk” from iTunes to find their collection or visit

Link to iTunes resources for the Open University of Hong Kong

The e-books were particularly impressive as there were audio and video clips embedded into the e-book. The e-books could be viewed comfortably from the iPod Touch or iPad platforms.

The e-books were built using open source tools such as Calibre ( Sigil ( and published using the popular ePub format. They were not coded by the lecturers themselves but by a group of programmers. The lecturers supplied the content to the programmers who then created and published the e-books on their behalf. All this was explained to us during a conference workshop entitled “Mobile Learning in Action”.

My thoughts are that perhaps this might be the approach that Singapore Polytechnic wants to take as well for their e-book creation. It would be more productive to have a dedicated team handle all the technical aspects of creating and publishing e-books whilst lecturers supplied the content to them.

iPod Touch and iPads

Another thing that struck me was that every nursing student enrolled in the Open University of Hong Kong was given their own iPod Touch. The iPod Touch was a requirement for them to key in information whilst making their rounds in hospitals. The iPod Touch eliminated the need for carrying bulky sheets of paper around. When I asked if this would be very expensive for the university, the reply given was that the device was very affordable and was a token sum compared with the student university fees.

In addition, a specific iPod Touch App was created for the students to install and to key in their data. The App sent all the information to a central database where it could be collated. This is turn saved a lot of paper and manpower on the lecturer’s end.

My thoughts are that if Singapore Polytechnic really wants to have successful mobile learning to take it, we have to standardize the devices that the students and lecturers use. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to expect everyone to run the same application.

Dr Randy Yerrick

There was quite a bit mentioned about iPads during the conference. In particular, the second Keynote speaker, Dr Randy Yerrick (State University of New York, Buffalo) went on and on about how much technology has advanced and how little of it was actually implemented in the classroom. To illustrate his point, he bought his iPad to Hong Kong together with scientific measuring equipment and showed the audience how one could measure and graph CO2 levels, pH levels, temperature etc…, using just an iPad with a Bluetooth measurement device. To interest the audience he stated facts such as “Do you know that when you stand at the entrance of the Hong Kong MTR, there are times when the level of CO2 can spike to 20 times the normal level?”

Indeed, the iPad is an excellent educational tool which can be greatly exploited by a skilled educator. After watching his demonstration, I am considering purchasing some of the mentioned scientific measuring devices as well. More information about this can be found at

To encourage the use of iPads, the conference organizers even gave away 5 iPads as lucky draw prizes throughout the conference.

E-portfolios and Web 2.0 tools

Much was said about e-portfolios and Web 2.0 tools.

It seems to be a common consensus that e-portfolios are an essential part of today’s education. E-portfolios provide evidence that student learning is taking place.

One presenter even coined a new term – “mlearning”. She put forward the point that students these days could collect data using their mobile phones – text, photos, audio and video and send these artefacts to a wide variety of Web 2.0 websites, which could be used to build the students’ e-portfolios.

I presented a paper on the second day of the conference entitled “Encouraging Student Development Through Online E-Portfolio Development”. It gave me a chance to talk about the importance of students having their e-portfolios as well as a chance to show off some SP’s School of DMIT student work. The audience enjoyed the presentation and I even gave them our school’s GradShow 2011 DVD to take back home.


Mr Christopher Tan at ICT2011, Hong Kong

I am indeed very thankful to be given an opportunity to present my paper at this conference. In fact, this is yearly conference and the next one will be held in Jul 2012 at The Open University of Hong Kong. Would any one reading this article like to participate in the conference next year?

Something to Share!

Hi Folks

Dr Noel Kristian from CLS has found this website that allows you to create your own MOVIE! That’s right your own movie! I had a go and it seems very easy to do. Anyway, here’s Noel’s attempt at the movie! Enjoy!


Another interesting tool to explore with your students. It’ called the POPPLET. It is a platform where you can mindmap your thoughts, ideas into text, images, videos, link and share them simulanteously with your friends who are fellow popplers. Appears rather stable when 5 of us used it in a collaboratively session in EDU. It is easy to use and spot a interface which will appeal to your students. Worth a try definitely. Sign up for an account at

SP is CDIO Regional Centre for Asia

During the most recent International CDIO conference in Montreal, it has been agreed that SP will be CDIO Regional Centre for Asia. This is of great significance to SP as it provides an endorsement and recognition of the work done. The regional leadership will allow us to form deeper relationships with the other asian collaborators with the common goal of making engineering education more meaningful for our students.

View the updated timeline of Singapore Polytechnic’s CDIO Implementation on Dipity.

If you are interested in creating a simillar Timeline like this, you can check out the website It is an interesting application which allows users 4 different ways to view the timeline. You may view the content as a timeline, flipbook, by list or by maps. If you want a simplier timeline, you can try instead.

Bb Mobile Learning on iPhone & iPad

Your students can REALLY learn anywhere, anytime now with Bb Mobile learn.  I particularly like the iPad version where it gives a interface of a traditional chalkboard. Don’t have an iPad, Bb Mobile Learn is also available for free download in the Apple AppStore for iPhones and the Marketplace for Andriod phones. So now both lecturers and students can access their Blackboard modules on the go, try it and spread the news to your students!

You can visit Blackboard’s Mobile Learn website for more information. Here’s a look at their commerical from Youtube.