The Learning Academy bears testimony to Temasek Polytechnic’s (TP) commitment to staff capability development. The Learning Academy’s key aim is to support TP's teaching staff in providing learning experiences that prepare learners for and in the industry, and which brings education to life and life to education. In so doing, the Learning Academy assists diploma teams in adopting TP’s Practice-based and Skills Education (PSE) Framework, which drives curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices for all courses within the polytechnic.
The Learning Academy also develops and conducts professional development programmes for TP’s staff in areas such as learning-teaching, the use of technology for learning including e-learning, and learning analytics. It also provides opportunities for continuing professional development through coming alongside teaching staff in their journey in teaching and learning, and learning from each other in professional learning communities. In addition, the Learning Academy conducts research into the efficacy of initiatives on students’ learning in areas such as self-directed learning, problem-based learning, technology-enhanced learning as well as learning analytics.
Temasek Polytechnic Graduates
- Every TP graduate should be equipped with the skills, underpinning knowledge and attitudes that are required at the workplace, so that they are ready for the challenges of industry.
- TP also aims for their graduates to be lifelong learners, future-oriented creator and values-centred leaders.
TP offers a wide range of learning experiences and activities, using a variety of pedagogies, to achieve these aims. Two of TP’s important frameworks are the Practice-based & Skills Education (PSE) Framework, and the Self-directed Learning (SDL) Framework.
Pedagogy Milestone Certificate Programmes
TP's Pedagogy Milestone Certificate Programmes offer lecturers further professional development pathways beyond the foundational CTLPE and ACE programmes.
The Learning Academy aims to nurture a culture of research at TP, by supporting staff in educational research and by discussing contemporary issues in higher education. It is hoped that staff’s capabilitiesy in educational research would be enhanced by promoting sound educational research methodology and practices.
Learning Academy also helps to provide information on educational research developments, as well as promotes effective use of research evidence to inform curriculum and learning-teaching practices. Staff are also encouraged to undertake educational research through formal staff development programmes or projects.
In terms of funded educational research, three TP projects have been successful in their application for the Ministry of Education’s Tertiary Education Fund (TRF). The fund aims to empower educators to improve teaching and learning practices based on research and data. The funded research projects are:
- Student self-assessment: An empirically grounded framework and its impact on self-regulation (School of Applied Science)
- Gamification of e-learning to enhance student engagement in e-learning modules (School of Informatics & IT).
- Integrated laboratory and tutorial: Spatial and temporal convergence of tutorial concepts in laboratory activities and the effect on Chemistry competencies and lesson experiences (School of Applied Science)
Conference presentations and publications
Staff from the Learning Academy regularly collaborate with colleagues from the Schools and Centres in TP to share their research through conference presentations and publications. The focal point of such synergistic collaboration is to research on practice-based curricular interests that are core to polytechnic education. The research projects also focus on different areas related to pedagogy which include developing self-directed learning, e-learning, facilitation, learning analytics, holistic education and assessment.
The Learning Academy staff are experienced teachers and adult educators who have professional qualifications and years of work experience in fields such as accountancy, business, communication skills, computer engineering, design, education, information technology, law, music, the life sciences, and the social sciences. This combination of expertise and knowledge makes them uniquely suited to help polytechnic lecturers translate their own industry knowledge into quality learning-teaching.
The Learning Academy staff are committed to enhancing student learning through staff development programmes and initiatives. They come alongside lecturers in their work, supporting, assisting and providing pedagogical insights and advice as needed. Initiatives to strengthen TP’s pedagogical practices, such as taskforces, award schemes, curriculum review projects, mentoring and research projects, are also facilitated by the Learning Academy’s team of full-time staff.
Dr Woo Boon Seong
Qualifications: EdD, MInfEnv, BSc (Hons)
Areas of Research Interests: Learning-teaching strategies and technology-enhanced learning
Dr Pratima Majal
Assistant Director/Programmes & Partnerships
Qualifications: EdD, MEd, MAIDT, B.Com, LLB
Areas of Research Interests: Adult Learning, Technology-enhanced Learning, Flipped Classroom approach, ePortfolios and Instructional Design
Dr Jonathan Chee
Senior Manager/Administration & Analytics
Qualifications: EdD, MSc(IT), MEd, PGDE(Sec), BSc, ACTA
Areas of Research Interests: Teacher Knowledge (TPACK) and Design Capacity in Technology Integration, Self-directed Learning, Learning Analytics
Mr Boey Chee Kin
Manager/Digitalisation & Innovation
Qualifications: MSc and BEng(Hons)
Areas of Research Interests: Problem-based learning, Technology-enhanced learning, AI and Analytics in Education
Learning Academy Associates
Learning Academy Associates are lecturers from the various Schools and Academic Centres in TP who work in partnership with the Learning Academy. Based on the needs of the respective Schools/Centres, they contextualise Learning Academy’s professional development programmes and initiatives and help to facilitate the sharing of effective educational practices. Other areas of involvement may include facilitating selected programmes or conducting educational research.
President’s Award for Teachers
Administered by the Ministry of Education and the Academy of Singapore Teachers, the President’s Award for Teachers (PAT) gives national recognition to the critical role teachers play in moulding the future of our nation. These teachers prepare students for life, as well as model commitment to continuous learning and enterprise. They inspire both their students and peers through their words and deeds.
Please click here for a list of past PAT recipients and finalists.
Educational Innovation Award
The Educational Innovation Award (EIA) acknowledges outstanding contributions toward enhancing student learning. It is awarded for acts, products, or approaches that define the creation and delivery of significantly different and innovative experiences which enhance student learning. It is hoped that the award will encourage replication and further development of innovation.
Please click here for a list of past EIA recipients.
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