15 - 16 June, 2016
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore

Conference Day 2, 16th June, 2016 (Thursday)

07:30 - 08:30 Registration & coffee


Peter Looker

Head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division
Nanyang Technological University

08:40 - 09:20 Creating campuses that support a blended learning culture for hybrid and face to face courses

Malini Eliatamby - Deputy Vice Chancellor, INTI International University
  • Building a culture that is sustainable to support the implementation of blended learning
  • Change management
  • Faculty development
  • Student readiness
  • Learning spaces
  • Measuring success
  • Using an LMS to create a digital and online learning environment that supports student engagement
  • Using analytics to manage and support student learning

Malini Eliatamby

Deputy Vice Chancellor
INTI International University

09:20 - 10:00 Selecting the appropriate technology and levels of innovation in a new era of multi-platform blended learning environments to improve learning outcomes

Lim Tick Meng - Director, Open University of Malaysia
Understanding the successes and pitfalls in the choice and use of technology for improving student outcomes is challenging in a new era of multi- platform blended learning environments. Selecting the appropriate blend of technology and protecting such innovations while collaborating in teaching and learning with new approaches such as flipped classrooms, learning analytics, mobile learning and Massive Open and Online Courses (MOOCs) are discussed. Examine new research and development of the use of applications for improving open, online and flexible learning environments to see what works, where, why and how, particularly for students and faculties that use media and technology, including Open Educational Resources (OER).

Lim Tick Meng

Open University of Malaysia

10:00 - 11:10 [Roundtable Discussion] Conducting student surveys and using learning analytics to gauge the success of new teaching spaces

Universities across Asia are introducing a number of new teaching spaces and conducting an array of in-depth student and academic surveys to gauge engagement and measure the most effective methods of blended learning in improving student outcomes. Key areas to be discussed include:
  • Using data to measure efficient systems and student engagement
  • Implementing new teaching spaces and courses
  • Effective student surveys and utilizing the results
  • Sharing successful teaching mechanisms
  • Utilising data and feedback to make improvements

11:10 - 11:50 Creating an engaging and effective student learning experience in a digitally blended learning environment

Claire O'Malley - Dean of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Psychology, The University of Nottingham
  • Understanding different student generational motivations and outcomes across blended and traditional course delivery to guide changes and improve student experiences
  • Meeting the needs of different generational learning patterns and fostering an e-learning mindset across the diverse student populations to achieve greater engagement
  • Ensuring student performance and engagement by understanding the processes involved in effective collaborative learning and designing computer supported collaborative learning environments that support such learning
  • Examining the psychology of learning and how it can shape the design and delivery of your blended learning programmes in a rapidly evolving digital environment to ensure successful higher student engagement.
  • Leveraging the role that electronic devices and social media can play in lifting your student engagement and improving the effectiveness of your student learning experiences.

Claire O'Malley

Dean of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Psychology
The University of Nottingham

11:50 - 12:30 [Roundtable Discussion] How online competency-based learning can improve the ways we assess skills and measure individual progress in a blended learning environment

  • How should new competency-based assessment criteria be standardised in a global higher education market?
  • How well does the “badge” system work for assessing online competency-based learning?
  • In which areas does online-competency based learning trump traditional offline competency-based models?
  • How can technology enable greater competencies in students than traditional offline competency-based learning?
  • Choosing measuring non-cognitive indicators to measure student success

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:10 Framing learning: Developing students’ core proficiencies and attributes via blended learning and digital technologies

Barbara Macfarlan - Educational Designer, Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching), F, Monash University
Hamid Khattak - Associate Director - Diplomas, Monash University
Monash University supports 67,000 students across Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and Italy. The presentation will focus on the University’s Better Teaching Better Learning agenda which challenges current approaches to teaching and learning by developing a fit-for-purpose, outward-looking curriculum. It is supported by a multifaceted mode of delivery; flexible and purposeful learning spaces; and an innovative array of blended learning technologies in order to create an exemplary student centred learning experience. The paper will also provide insights into Monash’s College campus pathway programmes for international students which has embedded technology and employability skills into its blended learning programs. For the Diplomas, English language proficiency is also embedded. The joint presentation case study will focus on:
  • Student experiences: creating blended learning environments to promote active learning
  • Curriculum design and delivery: embedding practices and strategies
  • Pedagogy, learning and teaching practice: mapping for reflection, goal setting and innovation
  • Attaining English language proficiency
  • Professional learning: sharing skillsets and blended learning techniques

Barbara Macfarlan

Educational Designer, Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching), F
Monash University


Hamid Khattak

Associate Director - Diplomas
Monash University

14:10 - 14:50 Managing blended learning in the cloud: How to use social media, open educational resources (OER and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) to transform classrooms into ubiquitous learning environments

Eric Tsui - Associate Director - Knowledge Management & Innovation Research Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Learning in the knowledge economy
  • Cloud computing for learning and innovation
  • MOOCs
  • Personal learning environments & networks

Eric Tsui

Associate Director - Knowledge Management & Innovation Research Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

14:50 - 15:20 Afternoon tea & coffee

15:20 - 16:00 Adapting learning technologies to support blended learning and contemporary pedagogy

Dr. Kate Quigley - Assistant Professor & Academic Officer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Singapore
  • What is adaptive learning technology and what benefit does the technology deliver to academics?
  • Using adaptive learning technology in the contemporary learning ecosystem
  • Drawing on student learning experiences to implement continuous changes in technology use and enable greater academic performance for student cohorts.
  • Incorporating the use of tablets in your blended learning environment

Dr. Kate Quigley

Assistant Professor & Academic Officer
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Singapore

16:00 - 16:40 Blending gamification into classes and online websites for more effective learning and greater student engagement

Noi Keng Koh - Senior Lecturer in Humanities & Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education
As teachers promote a more constructive approach to learning focusing on innovation and online collaboration, gamification, 3D printing and coding are finding their way into Singapore classrooms. Singapore continues to push the boundaries of blending learning by seamlessly incorporating technology into the classroom.
Today, teachers are giving students more freedom to use new online platforms to create interesting content; gamification is now a popular learning medium, whereby students design, curate and build games to support their learning; and some students are now being taught to use 3D design software and 3D printers to create prototypes.

Noi Keng Koh

Senior Lecturer in Humanities & Social Studies Education
National Institute of Education

16:40 - 17:20 The future: Institutional capacity building for blended learning

Dr. Nachamma Sockalingam - Assistant Director, Online Blended Learning, Singapore Management University
Inspiring cultural change across faculties to support them in implementing pedagogical shifts to blended learning is not an easy task. A mix of both top-down envisioning and support, and innovative teaching approaches ground-up are necessary to bring about effective changes. This session will provide concrete ideas on how to advance blended learning at institutions.
  • Challenges in institutional capacity building for blended learning
  • Strategies in institutional capacity building for blended learning
  • Harnessing the potential of ground up technological innovations in pedagogy for blended learning

Dr. Nachamma Sockalingam

Assistant Director, Online Blended Learning
Singapore Management University

17:20 - 23:59 Close of Conference