Professional Development Programme-Teaching (PDP-T)

PDP-T aims to provide a collegial environment for early career academics to explore and reflect critically on their teaching practice with the aim of improving the quality of their students' learning



According to Dewey (1916), "the engagement of the imagination is the only thing that makes any activity more than mechanical". Engagement, in the context of learning, refers to the “emotional and mental energy that students are willing to expend during a learning experience” (Stein & Graham, 2014). Numerous studies have shown that “academic achievement is positively influenced by the amount of active participation in the learning process” (Graham et al., 2007). This 13-hour course focuses on guiding participants through an evidence-based approach to design and develop blended modules that aim to engage learners. Examples of how these principles and strategies are instantiated in various disciplinary domains in university settings will be shared at the session. The course aims to enable participants to:

  • adopt an evidence-based approach towards designing and developing a module for blended learning.

  • identify appropriate educational technologies to be adopted for the module.

  • design and develop appropriate learning resources and learning activities for online sessions.

  • design and develop appropriate learning activities and tasks for face-to-face sessions.

  • reflect upon their experiences while participating as learners in the course.



Dewey, J. (1916). Democracy and education: An introduction to the philosophy of education. New York: Macmillan.
Graham, C.R., Tripp, T.R., Seawright, L. and Joeckel, G.L., (2007). Empowering or Compelling Reluctant Participators Using Audience Response Systems. Active Learning in Higher Education. 8(3), pp. 233–258.
Stein, J. and Graham, C.R. (2014). Essentials for blended learning: A standards-based guide. New York: Routledge.



Faculty members should have either (a) taught a module for at least a semester, or (b) started to implement flipped classroom and want to learn more.


Course structure

The course will be conducted in a blended learning mode within a semester – 6 two-hour sessions and a gallery walk presentation cum lunch. By end of the course, participants will develop a unit of a module in blended learning mode and present the prototype at the last session, 10 Nov 2016.


Course dates and time

The following are the course dates and time:



Thursday, 11 & 25 August 2016
Thursday, 1, 15 & 29 September 2016
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Thursday, 10 November 2016

2.00pm – 4.00pm
2.00pm – 4.00pm
2.00pm – 4.00pm
1.00pm – 2.00pm



All sessions will be held at Dewey Room, Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning.


Dr Adrian Michael Lee, Deputy Director, CDTL
Mr Alan Soong, Associate Director (Learning Design & Research), CDTL
Ms Jeanette Choy, Senior Education Specialist, CDTL
Ms Charina Ong, Senior Education Technologist, CDTL
Mr Narayanan Shyam, Senior Associate Director, CIT
Mr Kenneth Gerard Pinto, Lead Education Technologist, CIT
Mr Wee Ying Qin, Education Technologist, CIT



For further enquiries and information, kindly contact:

Mr Alan Soong
Associate Director (Learning Design and Research)

Ms Doreen Thia