Monday, August 4, 2014

Wishing all a great week & a splendid August.

Our TLC workshops are back! 

Our KDU TLC workshop series aims to propel our students giving them a distinct edge in terms of employability.

Please refer to the table below for further information. 



12-1 pm
Effective Campus Social Habits
 (for students)

12-1 pm
Study Strategies for Academic Success
(for students)

Writing a graduate/student CV
(for students)

Ways to Make an Effective Presentation
(for students)

Strategies for Classroom Reflective Thinking
(for staff & students)  

To register, or to ask for
more information, please contact
Bawani (TLC) at ext: 6801 or

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Flipped Classroom :

Invert traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving "homework" into the classroom. Teachers step aside and become the Guide....guiding collaborative classroom activities.

TWO key factors driving the dynamics towards Flipped Classroom are poor Learning Outcomes and prevalence of online videos as a result of technology access.

Flipped Classroom could be applied as follows ;

1. Teachers create 2-3 videos a week and make it available for viewing by students.
2. Prior to scheduled lesson (lecture/tutorial), the students watch the videos & list questions (with less frustration)  - the questions are reviewed by teachers, individually or otherwise, accordingly.
3. Classroom guidance for the instruction to reach collaborative learning platform.

What are the ways we could provide/create collaborative learning platform?

By planning & researching ahead (we need not produce a PhD thesis though. Just a quick theme related sourcing would do magic!), create or use existing ideas to channel the students classroom interaction to achieve the learning outcome.

Example :

Theme : Conflict Management

1. Create short videos of yourself delivering what you would usually deliver in classroom on Conflict Management (you may upload any other video/s which you would like to relate to Conflict Management).

* Having an objective to what you upload would keep frustration among learners low! Tell the students/post the theme's  Learning Outcome expected from them as they complete the theme.

2.  Much before the lesson, the videos are to be viewed by the students. Students are given an online platform (  to post their questions (related to the theme & videos).

3. View the questions, (this gives room for teachers to view actual or close to actual state of the students' understanding of the theme!) unlike in Traditional Classroom where the students are left to leave the lesson with doubts (usually they attempt questions/assignments on their own or in groups).

4.  Teacher should prepare material to address the questions or doubts the students put forth after video-watching (highly recommended to meet students to address doubts prior to scheduled lesson).

5. During the schedule lesson, the teacher should organize activities which are directly related to Conflict Management, funneling active discussions/brain storming/problem solving to achieve Learning Outcome, ultimately.

The above would not be available if classroom time is used for Instruction Introduction. Flipped Classroom is an environment outside-comfort-zone but only in the initial stage. A dynamic perspective.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tomorrow's Most Wanted

You might have prepared for the best answers before your interview, you know everything about the company, you are ready with the flying colours grades from University......but wait!!

A studies by Hyper Island, conducted for 3 months in 2013 and involved 500 international industry professional  shows that PERSONAL QUALITIES will make yourself outstanding from other candidates.

source by Lifehack

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Teaching, Learning and Research Colloquium (Mar 14')

Hello! The Colloquium is here again and will be featuring 'otai-otai' in e-learning. Teaching wont be the same anymore after you listen to their presentation! Here are some overview of what they going to talk about...


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How the Brain Benefits from being Bilingual

40 Inspirational Quotes Every Graduate Student Should Know

  1. I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work – Thomas Edison
  2. Failure defeats losers, failure inspires winners – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  3. Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them – Anonymous
  4. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody. - Herbert B. Swope
  5. If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong. - Charles Kettering
  6. Being different is one of the most beautiful things on earth. - Anonymous
  7. Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einsten
  8. The expert in anything was once a beginner. – Helen Hayes

An Easy Way to Learn Chinese

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Teaching Empathy (from Edutopia)

With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced with an endless cycle of memorize, drill, spit back and test, teachers have become the wardens of a new educational reality that pits the head against the heart. Even if educators manage to skate past the dizzying array of standards and value-added evaluations, they must still contend with this fundamental divide: academic rigor, with its unflinching emphasis on measurable success, seems strangely at odds with emotional intelligence, a soufflé of moods and feelings. Which leaves many to wonder -- can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

KDU -E3Boosters

KDU University College is launching its E3- Boosters (E3 is pronounced  “ee-cube") for their students. This Boosters encompasses 3 elements which are English proficiency, EQ Development and Entrepreneurship. It aims to help our students develop good English,strong EQ and a spirit of Entrepreneurship.  
According to the Vice Chancellor Prof Khong Yoon Loong, the picture is one of the boosters affixed to rockets. Like rocket boosters, the E3-Boosters shall propel our students forward, faster and further.  

A report by Ministry of Higher Education National Graduate Employability Blueprint shows
1) 60% of employers have issues with poor command of English of graduates;
2) 40% or so thinks that the potential hires have poor character, attitude and personality.
3) 25% have issues with problem solving skills of graduates.
Entrepreneurship is about a mind-set of boldness, innovativeness and adaptability. It is very important to have entrepreneurial mind today as it is one key of solving problem.

In KDU, students are not only getting a good education, but we also bring them forward  with this 3 boosters.