During the Induction Programme for New Teaching Staff (25
February 1999), an IT showcase was held in the CDTL Computer
Workstation where the participants could log on and access
the web sites that were being described by the three presenters.
A/P Ang Kok Keng (Dept. of Civil Engineering), A/P Edmund
Lee (Dept. of Pharmacology) and Mr Aaron Tan Tuck Choy (Dept.
of Computer Science) each gave a thirty-minute account of
their experience developing their respective web sites. They
also discussed issues relating to the use of IT for teaching
A/P Ang gave a very comprehensive overview of the development
process in the design and production of a web site for an
educational purpose. He highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary
team approach where in real life one individual may need to
take on various roles and responsibilities to ensure that
all development tasks are addressed. He also touched on the
advantages and disadvantages of using IT for teaching and
learning before showing his own course web site located at
A/P Lee brought up the issue of designing web sites that
could motivate students not only to access a site on a regular
basis, but also to promote further inquiry in related topics.
While taking the showcase participants on a tour of his web
sites, issues such as the use of copyright material and linking
to other sites were discussed. To view A/P Lee’s web
sites, check out his “Cardiovascular Pharmacology”
and “Pharmacology In The News” at http://www.med.nus.edu.sg/phar/medlect/PINintro.htm.
Aaron Tan talked about moving away from the traditional
mode of static, one-go, centralized and localized learning
environment towards a dynamic, reusable, distributed and portable
model. He exuded the passion and pride of creating his all-inclusive
and very detailed course web site (CS1101C – Programming
Methodology in C). Participants were shown examples of Java
and animated algorithms, on-line quizzes and Lecture-On-Demand
(a School of Computing initiative). Mr. Tan’s course
web site can be found at http://ivle.nus.edu.sg/ivle/search/template.htm?courseid=CS1101C
and the School of Computing – Lecture-On-Demand at http://www-lod.comp.nus.edu.sg.