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January 2008, Vol. 11 No. 1 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
The Art of Not Learning: Two Versions
Dr Gwee Li Sui
Department of English Language & Literature
Possibly everyone in the business of teaching becomes familiar at some point with the saying "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach him to fish and you feed him for life". Continue reading


The Bookends of USP Learning: From WCT to ISM
Dr Johan Geertsema, Dr Andrew Leng, Dr Lo Mun Hou &
Dr Barbara Ryan
University Scholars Programme
Most students' tenure in the University Scholars Programme (USP) is 'bookended' by two learning experiences. In their first year, USP students enroll in Writing and Critical Thinking (WCT) modules, which introduce them to the genre of the academic essay. Continue reading


Using Wiki to Write Lectures Notes Independently and Collaboratively
Dr Stéphane Bressan
Department of Computer Science
The benefits of a student centred teaching approach and how it motivates individuals to learn independently, experientially and collaboratively have been well-documented. It is therefore pertinent to explore how educational technologies and tools can help educators and education technologists implement and deploy applications supporting constructivist strategies. Continue reading

A Self-directed Learning Experience
Dr Tang Bor Luen & Dr Yeong Foong May
Department of Biochemistry
Undergraduates should not be spoon-fed, and indeed some students resent teachers who simply load them with facts no matter how well the information is synthesised and organised. Continue reading

Flashcards and the Leitner Cardfile System: A Useful Tool for Learning Human Anatomy Independently
Dr George W Yip
Department of Anatomy
Independent learning, also known as self-directed learning or autonomous learning, is a form of learning in which the learner welcomes and takes responsibility for his own learning. The learner determines his learning needs and objectives, and acquires knowledge through his own efforts. Continue reading

Self-learning is Self-reliance
Dr J Sivaraman
Department of Biological Sciences
Self or independent-learning requires students to take responsibility for their own learning. In the process, students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to make responsible decisions for their own learning. Continue reading


Service Learning: Where the World is Your Classroom
Mr Ng Kiat Han
4th-year undergraduate
Department of English Language & Literature
In Semester 2 of Academic Year 2005/2006, I enrolled in a new class at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This module was GEK 1052 "Community Service and Social Action", and it was an education experience that was refreshingly different from the other modules undergraduates were used to. Continue reading