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This section will showcase articles by faculty members covering a diverse range of teaching and learning topics. They will feature in subsequent thematic issues of CDTL Brief.

The Impact of Incorporating Ageing Simulation Games into a Module on Social Gerontology
Dr HONG Song-Iee

Department of Social Work

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to teaching gerontology in social work is having to overcome the negative impression undergraduates have of older adults and ageing. Continue reading>>

A Preliminary Study to Increase Student Engagement & Motivation in a Biological Psychology Module

Dr Travellia F. TJOKRO

Department of Psychology

This article aims to describe a preliminary study on how to increase student engagement and motivation in a Biological Psychology module. Continue reading>>

Design-based Learning in the Engineering Science Programme: Major Design Project on Solar-powered Buggy

Assoc Professor Palani BALAYA

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Engineering Science Programme

In the current era, it is mandatory to raise student awareness about renewable energy resources to mitigate the effects of climate change. In order to achieve significant progress in... Continue reading>>


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A Showcase of TEG Projects & Enhancing Tutorial Instruction

In this issue, we feature the first in a series of teaching and learning projects spearheaded by some of our Teaching Enhancement Grant (TEG) recipients for 2013 and 2014. Continue reading>>


A Showcase of TEG Projects
Bridging Critical Thinking & Media Literacy Through Integrated Courses
Walter Patrick WADE
Centre for English Language Communication - University Town Writing Programme

The development of student critical thinking (CT) skills has become an increasingly important goal across university curricula. As a result, there has been significant academic discussion aimed at identifying its components as well as the best pedagogical strategies for imparting it. Continue reading>>

Acquisition of Medical Immunology Knowledge: A Preliminary Study of the Knowledge Structures of Medical Students
Charles Albert GULLO
Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Medical students from both Duke-NUS and NUS participated in a study that attempted to assess their knowledge structure in the medical immunology domain. Students had to perform a sorting task with a list of concepts derived from immunology experts. Continue reading>>

Incorporating Mathematica into an Introductory Quantum Mechanics Course
Andreas DEWANTO, YEO Ye & Kenneth HONG Chong Ming
Department of Physics

The introductory course PC2130 "Quantum Mechanics I" is a compulsory core module intended for second year physics majors. For those who are unfamiliar with the subject, quantum mechanics studies the mechanical evolution of atomic and subatomic particles. At such a scale, Nature behaves in a rather weird and counter-intuitive way. Continue reading>>

Student Perceptions of the Impact of Using the Flipped Classroom Approach for an Introductory-level Multidisciplinary Module
Mrinal Kanti MUSIB
Department of Biomedical Engineering

During the last decade or so, there has been a gradual but continuous shift in how learning is accomplished in a classroom. With the advent of new pedagogical techniques, more and more faculty members are adopting the blended approach to attain and improve students' learning experience (Ragupathi, 2013; Hughes, 2012; Bonk & Graham, 2006; Friesen, 2012). Continue reading>>


Enhancing Tutorial Instruction
Employing Methods in Physics Education Research (PER) to Enhance Learning in an Engineering Physics Course
CHANG Sheh Lit & Nidhi SHARMA
Department of Physics

Physics Education Research (PER) (McDermott, 2001) has been an ongoing research programme for over thirty years and its main objective is to improve the students' understanding of physics. Through their investigation of how students tend to misunderstand and experience difficulties grasping physical concepts, and developing effective resources accordingly for physics instruction (McDermott & Shaffer, 2002), physics instructors would be well-equipped with the tools to enhance students' learning experiences. Continue reading>>