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This issue of CDTL Brief is the first of a two-part Brief that features the teaching practices of the 2004/2005 Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) winners.

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August 2006, Vol. 9, No. 3 Print Ready ArticlePrint-Ready
Shy Teachers and Large Groups
Associate Professor Cecilia Lim
Department of Philosophy
The immediate reaction of my dearest relatives and friends, upon being told that I had won a teaching award, was to impugn the integrity, reliability and objectivity of any selection process that could produce such a result. My relatives and friends know me to be a very shy person and they were most surprised that students could even hear me speak! Continue reading


Education is not Education without Research
Professor T. S. Andy Hor
Department of Chemistry
In the NUS student feedback questionnaire given to students to assess their lecturers at the end of each semester, there is an evaluation item that invites students to evaluate whether "The teacher has helped [them] advance [their] research." Continue reading


Learning German Beyond the Classroom
Ms Rita M. Niemann
Centre for Language Studies
I consider myself very fortunate to be a German language teacher at NUS. My students hail from different countries, backgrounds and faculties. These differences, together with varied student motivation, interest and expectation, make the class vibrant and heterogeneous. Continue reading

My Teaching Philosophy and Approach: Connecting Teaching with the Real World
Associate Professor Wong Nyuk Hien
Department of Building
When I returned to NUS after completing my PhD in 1998, I was asked to teach a fairly demanding final year module, BU4102 “Integrated Construction Technology”. Continue reading

Desire is the Root to All Learning— Light My Fire!
Dr Mahesh Choolani
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
I enjoy teaching, I admire human curiosity and I love medicine. I teach not only because I am passionate about the science in medicine, but also because I want to share the knowledge with anyone who wants to understand and master it. Continue reading

Content Reduction vs. Independent Learning
Professor Shamsuzzaman Farooq
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
In Chemical Engineering, the general approach is to prepare students for careers in i) design ii) process engineering and iii) R & D. In order to be competent, modern day chemical engineers, students need to have i) a good grasp of the fundamental physico-chemical principles and ii) the ability to see the links among them. Continue reading