Asia

High tech and high touch: designing a bridging system to help students prepare for STEM studies

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 18/06/2021 - 09:00
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Studying for an undergraduate degree in science and technology requires sound foundations in mathematics and physics, alongside strong learning skills.

Every year, we welcome thousands of new students from varied backgrounds with diverse academic qualifications, many of whom are returning to education after two years of national service, which is mandatory in Singapore, or after a few years in industry.

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Karin Avnit, Victor Wang and Prasad Iyer describe how combining technology-supported learning with targetted face-to-face instruction helps ensure all students start university with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed
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Karin Avnit, Victor Wang and Prasad Iyer describe how combining technology-supported learning with targeted face-to-face instruction helps ensure all students start university with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed

Solving future problems today: Making HyFlex learning work for all

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 17/06/2021 - 09:00
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To keep up with the sudden migration online, many institutions rushed to implement virtual classroom solutions as quickly – and cheaply – as possible.

However, with e-learning here to stay, the time has come to think about how to incorporate these solutions effectively into educational offerings for the long term.

At the most basic level, the technical elements that make an online classroom are:

1. Video recording

2. Audio recording

3. Screen capture

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Trent Montgomery shares the key considerations for developing effective hybrid flexible teaching that will boost universities’ educational offering in the long term
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Trent Montgomery shares the key considerations for developing effective hybrid flexible teaching that will boost universities’ educational offering in the long term

Global virtual exchange: promoting international learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 15/06/2021 - 09:00
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How do you get students working with other students to develop the intercultural skills necessary for the 21st century? Global virtual exchange, although not a new idea in higher education, has fresh impetus. For anyone wanting to set up a global virtual exchange, our experience with Universidad Continental in Huancayo, Peru, offers a good example of some key things to consider.

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Christopher Brighton presents a model of global virtual exchange that could be easily replicated at any institution to enhance its students’ intercultural knowledge and skills
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Christopher Brighton presents a model of global virtual exchange that could be easily replicated at any institution to enhance its students’ intercultural knowledge and skills

How to design unforgettable class activities that help students learn better

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 10/06/2021 - 09:00
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A problematic trend I notice when conversing with students is how many of them struggle to remember what they did in modules from previous semesters.

These discussions got me thinking about how to design learning activities that are unforgettable. Albert Einstein, among other figures credited with the quote, famously said that “education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school”. I want to ensure my students remember what they have learned from me, especially after all the hard work they put into the course.

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Jonathan Sim shares teaching techniques designed to pique the emotions as a way to lodge key lessons more firmly in students’ memories
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Jonathan Sim shares teaching techniques designed to pique the emotions as a way to lodge key lessons more firmly in students’ memories

Making the most of online educational resources: a case study

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 08/06/2021 - 09:00
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Online repositories of educational resources have been developed gradually, usually by people who are passionate about their subjects. Some of them have built vibrant, collaborative communities of users. These online libraries and the communities they gather can support active learning and help inform our assessment tasks.

How can we develop passion in our students for a discipline? How can we come up with assessment tasks that help them master new skills?

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Pascal Grange explains how online educational resources can be used to complement teaching and enhance students’ opportunities for learning
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Pascal Grange explains how online educational resources can be used to complement teaching and enhance students’ opportunities for learning

After the gold rush: how to respond to the Chinese student downswing

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 04/06/2021 - 00:01
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Over the past two decades, international student mobility has exploded, transforming both universities and national economies. While the rise of international education has been a global story, it does have one outsized player. China has accounted for the majority of international enrolment growth in the major English-speaking study destinations, with rapid economic growth, a large youth population and a shortage of university places fuelling a prolonged surge in outbound study.

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As the country’s outbound study trend cools, student recruitment strategies must evolve – and there is no ‘next China’ to fall back on, says Matt Durnin
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As the country’s outbound study trend cools, student recruitment strategies must evolve – and there is no ‘next China’ to fall back on, says Matt Durnin

Tips for engaging Asian universities and alumni in new modes of collaboration

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 02/06/2021 - 09:00
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Exchanges with Asian universities and the movement of Asian students to study in Western countries have for a long time been taken as a given. However, this is starting to change as more Asian universities build reputations to match their international peers.

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Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan shares two key recommendations for how Western institutions can continue to forge fruitful collaborations with Asian universities and attract students from the region
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Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan shares two key recommendations for how Western institutions can continue to forge fruitful collaborations with Asian universities and attract students from the region

Rethinking higher education in Asia post-pandemic: five key trends

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 02/06/2021 - 08:30
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Technology has become indispensable at all levels of education, from kindergarten to universities. In Asia, most higher education institutions embrace a bottom-up teaching approach, which focuses on practices. The past year, with the pandemic, has brought a number of major developments in digital solutions, improving the learning experience and performance.

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Allan Yuen Hoi-kau highlights five trends to look out for as higher education in Asia evolves post-pandemic, and shares tips on striking a balance between technology and learning objectives
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Allan Yuen Hoi-kau highlights five trends to look out for as higher education in Asia evolves post-pandemic, and shares tips on striking a balance between technology and learning objectives

What does the rise of Asia mean for global higher education?

Submitted by dene.mullen on Wed, 02/06/2021 - 00:01
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The rise of the East is reshaping global higher education. It ignites curiosities, challenges assumptions and triggers debates. But, first, where is “the East”?

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Many hurdles remain, from racism to presumed Western superiority, but equal dialogues and collaborations will foster the global common good, says Xin Xu
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Many hurdles remain, from racism to presumed Western superiority, but equal dialogues and collaborations will foster the global common good, says Xin Xu

How to prevent cyberbullying from rearing its ugly head in universities

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Tue, 01/06/2021 - 09:00
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We see many varied examples and incidents of cyberbullying around the world. As many students enter their second year of online schooling, it’s an even more important, timely topic, especially for the younger generation. Because they all live with this technology, the first thing they do when they wake up is check social media. With increasingly online lifestyles, cyberbullying can take on many different forms.

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Christy Cheung presents preventive measures universities should take to tackle cyberbullying among students working online
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Christy Cheung presents preventive measures universities should take to tackle cyberbullying among students working online