|2nd Symposium on Teaching and
Learning in Higher Education
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Post-Symposium Summary Report 2002
Date: 4 - 6 September 2002
More than 200 teachers participated in the second Symposium on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, held at the National University of Singapore on 4 - 6 September 2002. The participants included some 40 overseas delegates from 13 countries and more than 50 were non-NUS staff.
The keynote lectures by Dr Marshall Lih(National Science Foundation, USA), Prof Chong Chi Tat(Provost, National University of Singapore) and Barbara Gross Davis(University of California, Berkeley), invited lectures by Ms Denise Chalmers(The University of Queensland), Prof Tim Hill(University of Bristol), A/P Ora Kwo(The University of Hong Kong), Prof Gabriele Lakomski(The University of Melbourne) A/P Belal E. Baaquie(Associate Professor, NUS), Prof Susan C Piliero (Cornell University), Prof Malcolm Tight(University of Warwick), Prof Peter Jarvis (University of Surrey), Prof Ivan Png(Vice-Provost, National University of Singapore) and oral presentations by some 70 teachers provided stimulating insights on the pedagogical strategies, approaches, and learning outcomes, and generated much discussion and debate. Participants were left with much food for thought, new ideas to experiment/implement in their teaching profession and a hunger to do further research in enhancing teaching and learning.
The symposium proceedings, published by CDTL, contain a large number of high quality papers.
An exhibition showing the latest teaching aids/equipment and books on teaching and learning was held in conjunction with the symposium. The exhibitors who participated were Blackboard Inc, WizLearn Pte Ltd Singapore, Centra, PAVE System Pte Ltd. Various books on teaching from the Universities worldwide were also on display.
Complementing the technical programme, the symposium participants were treated to a dinner banquet, lunch banquets and local delights at the coffee breaks. During these relaxing sessions, the participants were given ample opportunities to renew friendship and make new friends.
The potent combination of fun and serious intellectual discussions create a strong desire to meet again in the next symposium which has been tentatively set in 2004.
Feedback from Particiapants
What did you like about the symposium?
Very well-organized with very good speakers and food.
Presentations in different areas and especially the discussion on cross cultural Learning and Teaching issues.
Efficiency, accuracy, food. (muslim, vegetarian, etc)
session that highlighted problems that were encountered.
issues that were discussed set me thinking on the how I can improve myself.
The chairperson and presenters are most respectful of time allocated for each paper. The 'conference proceedings' at hand helps a lot for exchange of ideas, and enhance the quality of learning together.
Accessible venue, speakers & topics. (good, very good) Good timing.
Some of the papers, food, social interaction.
Program, invitation of some very good presenters, early compilation of symposium papers in a book form, good tea breaks.
There were papers presented which are informative and really beneficial to teaching & learning.
Cross cultural learning, critical thinking & PBL.
Sharing of findings, observations, thoughts, etc, Participants very well looked after. Good AV support, hand-outs. Papers published.
1. Keynote speakers were very good.
2. Logistics were very good altho' there was too much food.
The question-and-answer ie interaction time.
The sequencing of the papers within 'sessions' was very carefully done: they 'fitted' in helpful, linked/linkable ways.
Networking - opportunities for hearing examples of good practice.
The diverse areas of interest. Yet there's a common purpose/direction which I like & enjoy.
The wide range of disciplines, fields and countries.
The keynote & invited speakers are good quality.
Opportunity to network with colleagues. Good time keeping.
Meeting different colleagues and Singapore.
The opportunity to have some of my own notions challenged to meet people from a range of different countries.
The meeting of minds on Teaching & Learning, new knowledge & skills.
Friendly and well organised. Some excellent key speakers. Excellent forum for teachers at NUS + others to share practice.
Met lots of new people reconnected with friends, fell in love with Singapore.
The topics covered were wide + focused on learning & teaching.
The varied range of topics and the exposure to the many invited speakers both local and international.
What did you not like about the symposium?
Some speakers were not prepared for/to present their papers.
- Far away from hotel
- Too many Western perspective. How about confucius, zen, Islamic, etc.
- Education is a diverse issue.
Presenters that just read off their paper.
Perhaps the hospitality as presented in the fine elaboration of food (during tea/coffee breaks) is too rich. We are tempted to eat too much!
The 15 minute papers - no time to really engage!!
Some presenters had read from their papers/ were not always prepared & one speaker had uttered something very sensitive during Q&A session.
However, there were papers presented which are really not adding values to and even a waste of time for the participants.
Too many presentations of the similar theme in the area of Technology. All of the sessions 4B's demonstrations are from engineering.
Programming too tight-loosen up a little for questions and comments. Presenters who read from text.
1) Some of the invited speakers were poor presenters. 2) There were too many speakers for the concurrent sessions.
More time devoted to question-and-answer, that is interaction amongst participants.
1) The un-evenness of the keynote/invited addresses. We need 'state of art' presentations, not 'introduction-to-the art'!
2) 'Ordinary' papers need to be structured into more-than- 2 parallel sessions. I suggest 3 or 4 parallel sessions where 30 minutes (x3) is the minimum for a paper (inc qns.) more chance of interaction.
3) Venues for 2) must be smaller rooms (classrooms )
Lack of choice - concurrent sessions with 4-6 papers in one session limits choice - too much sitting & being talked at.
Nothing in particular that is within your control. May improve if you can somehow 'screen' the materials of keynote speakers. Some are a let-down!! Can also improve if you can also garner more papers from "NUS' - the host to show interest & commitment in teaching & learning.
Days were rather long but then it was good to have one's precious time well-used.
Programme note and proceedings. Do not convey the theme of the symposium.
The free paper sessions are not as good quality. Perhaps they are better as presenter presentations. Inadequate time for Q&A and discussion.
Quality of some presentations was poor.
The long series of lectures followed by very short presentation sections 20 mins was too short for the paper.
I would liked more workshop type sessions & less sitting through papers. I would have preferred to have facilitated a more interactive session when giving my own paper.
Very little not to like, perhaps suggestions: More time for speakers? Questions/Answers/Discussions?
The concurrent sessions were too long - Great in 3 per session and allow people to move between sessions. Long days + intensive programme. Too much food - half as much was needed. Need good coffee.
Superficial papers, very little practical, social, economic analysis - way too much "howto" in sessions.
1. Some presentators at the concurrent session cannot speak well.
2. I would like to attend more diverse topics during the concurrent sessions, but in 1 session, there was too much on similar topics and one or 2 papers were cancelled but was not announced. So by the time I went into the other group, the session I wanted to attend was over. It was a pity - but thank you for the book. I think it was really good.
Just a suggestion that speakers could be provided with brief guidelines for presentation. Could perhaps advise against dictated lectures without slides!
What is your overall impression of the symposium?
Excellent program - well done.
Many subjects and presentations are contained with useful information and interesting ideas.
Good. Hope to come here again.
The teamwork amongst academic staff & supportive staff is most impressive. The setting is comfortable for an intensive schedule of learning discourse. The atmosphere is friendly, open and stimulating.
Enjoyed it, some papers excellent, some questionable but overall very worthwhile.
Extremely well done.
Well organised. 
Very good and learned a lot.
Very well organised. Good time keeping. Relevant topics in teaching & learning.
Good. Generous with information and food. Feel welcome.
Generally useful because of broad range of topics offered.
Generally important conference, creates much needed awareness about teaching effectiveness in higher education.
1) Hesitant/equivocal about the need.
2) York Hotel - not up to it!!!
3) ISBN for proceedings - essential!!
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