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A good balance of theory and practice in any curriculum not only serves to re-enforce the students’ understanding of abstract concepts, but also provides them with insight and appreciation of the practical solutions at hand. In this issue of CDTL Brief on Balancing Theory and Practice, the authors discuss how practice can be integrated into the respective courses to enhance students’ understanding of the principles and concepts students learn in the classroom.

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July 2005, Vol. 8, No. 4 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Combining Theory and Practice in the Right Proportions
Associate Professor Seah Kar Heng
Department of Mechanical Engineering
For many years, the local public has had the notion that university engineering graduates are strong in theory because that is what we teach here. Continue reading

Theory and Practice: Finding the Balance in Media Studies Modules
Assistant Professor Irina Aristarkhova
Communications and New Media Programme & University Scholars Programme
There are two main issues I sought to address in teaching IF2210 “Aesthetics of New Media” and UAR2201 “Cyberart”. First, media studies as a discipline is closely related to the practice of media industries, particularly creative media. Continue reading

Teaching an Advanced Design, Team-oriented Software Project Course
Associate Professor Stan Jarzabek & Mr Pin-Kwang Eng
Department of Computer Science
Project courses in the Department of Computer Science teach students how to apply principles and concepts learned in the classroom to large-scale team-based projects and fill the gap between theoretical and experiential software engineering knowledge. Continue reading