Singapore Institute of Management
Dr. CJ Meadows
Professor, Director, i2i - The Innovation & Insights Center and Head, Global MBA - Consulting Management
S P Jain School of Global Management
Topic: Synchronous vs Asynchronous Online Learning: Combining The Best Of Both Worlds
Dr. Meadows is the Director of i2e, The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at SP Jain School of Global Management, where she has designed and launched new innovation programs, including Design Thinking (with ExperiencePoint + IDEO), Disruptive Innovation (with Harvard Business Online), and startup360 (with IBM Garage). She has certified hundreds of executives and MBA’s in IDEO’s design-thinking methodology and initiated new consulting and education relationships with top-tier clients (e.g. World Bank, Cisco, MSD (Merck), Novartis, ADP, etc.), as well as collaborations with indubators, industry leaders, mentors, and more. Her research and consulting focus on Leadership & Creativity, and she runs an advanced-technologies Think Tank & Tinker Lab, envisioning the future of education and applying AI, biometrics, and other advanced technologies to human L&D.
She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and and has over 20 years’ experience in Asia, Europe, and North America as a consultant, coach, entrepreneur, dot-com builder, innovation lab co-founder, and Accenture IT & Business Strategy consultant.
CJ has taught at Harvard University, INSEAD, NUS, AIM, and SMU, as well as being a featured speaker for CNBC, Channel News Asia, TEDx, Bloomberg, EmTech/MIT Technology Review, YPO/WPO, INK, TiE, and corporate events and conferences. Board Memberships include the Social Capital Institute, Albatross Foundation, iCube Consortium, Restoration Vacation, and SP Jain School of Global Management’s Academic Board and Center of Excellence for Happiness.
She has published extensively on innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship, globalization, business strategy, international management, and more, for Academy of Management, Accenture, The Asian Manager, Forbes, de Gruyter, Gnowbe, Idea Group Publishing, and major newspapers and magazines. Her multimedia article series based on a 2-year global research study of world-class innovators (Fusion) garnered over 600,000 views. It has now been collected into a book and eBook by de Gruyter, as well as 2 video/audio books/courses by Gnowbe.
Prof. Robert Kamei
Associate Provost (Education), Office of the Senior Deputy President and Provost Director of Institute for Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Panel Discussion: Where We Go From Here In Transforming Into An Integrated Digital And Virtual Campus?
Robert K. Kamei, MD, is Professor, National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School and is a tenured faculty member at Duke University. He was Associate Provost (Education) and founding Director, Institute for Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) at NUS from July 2016 to 2019. ALSET focuses on the rigorous study of educational best practices in the classroom.
From 2006 to 2016, he served as the founding Vice Dean (Education) at Duke-NUS Medical School, a collaboration between Duke University and the National University of Singapore (NUS). In that role, he led the development of a new pedagogical approach that served as a model for curriculum change at Duke University Medical School, USA; and other schools in Singapore and around the world, such as the Lee Kong Chiang School of Medicine.
A paediatrician by training, his career has been devoted to medical education and the learning sciences. At the University of California, San Francisco he directed one of the largest paediatric training programs in the United States (1989-2006).
During that time, he co-edited the popular reference textbook, “Fundamentals of Pediatrics” with Dr Abraham Rudolph.
He has a book that will be published later this year to help students in higher education learn better. The book will include his innovative approach that allows students at the National University of Singapore translate knowledge of the sciences of learning into a better way for them to learn.
Professor Kamei holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he served as a United States Fulbright Senior Scholar in Indonesia.
Director of Student Success
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Asia
Ms. Kim-Chua is currently an Instructor and Director of Student Success with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia. In addition to providing instruction in Academic and Technical Communications, she is also primarily in charge of the leadership and direction for the development and implementation of engagement, retention, diversity/inclusion and student success initiatives at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia.
A firm believer of global citizenry, Ms. Chua completed a United Nations University International Course in 2010 for UN Systems, Peace and Human Rights and collaborated with UN practitioners to propose suggestions on pressing global issues, including youth employability, gender equality, diversity and inclusion and sustainable education through the achievement of the SDGs.
More recently, she received a full sponsorship from the East-West Center in University of Hawaii to participate in the 18th run of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program where she had the opportunity to work on social innovation labs and learn from some of the world’s leading experts on adaptive leadership, crucial communications and human performance. Her own social innovation lab was exploring ways to encourage female participation in the Asian Aviation landscape.
As of April 2020, she has been selected to be part of the 2020 Cohort of IEP Ambassadors for Positive Peace.
Dr. May Lim
Director, Centre for Learning Environment and Assessment Development (CoLEAD)
Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
Topic: The Singapore Institute Of Technology Experience: Effective Migration To Online Teaching During Circuit Breaker
Dr May Lim is an Associate Professor at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). May is the Director of Centre for Learning Environment and Assessment Development (CoLEAD) that looks after the faculty development programmes in learning and teaching at the university level. In total, she has received around S$1.2 million grant in the different research projects that she is engaged in. She won the SIT Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and 2019.
May has played a pivotal role during the COVID-19 period in partnering with different stakeholders in the institution to migrate learning activities and exam migrated online. She also plays a key role in sharing education policies such as Teaching & Learning policy and Assessment Policy. In educational research she has experience in research projects on experiential learning, learning space, use of gamification in teaching, work-integrated study and cohort study of students’ traits and development. She pioneered the university-wide Freshmen survey that looks into students’ expectations as well as traits such as grit, growth mindset, resilience, and learning approaches. She leads a team that looks into studying the effect of traits on learning outcomes and the development of work-related skills for large cohorts of students. In 2019, she received the Ministry of Education Tertiary Education Research Fund (TRF) for the project Gamified micro-learning platform: An early intervention for at-risk freshmen. She has received a teaching research grant from the Ministry of Education to investigate the effect of experiential learning to improve students’ communication and empathy through learning from people with disability.
May is also an experienced occupational therapist by profession, she has been working with children with developmental delay and disorders in Singapore and Australia. She previously led the Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Occupational Therapy degree at SIT. She was involved in national projects such as providing consultancy to early intervention centres.
Dr. Nachamma Sockalingam
Programme Director of Learning Sciences Lab
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Topic: Addressing The Challenges Of Remote Learning
Dr.Nachamma is the Founding Program Director of Learning Sciences Lab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design since 2016. She has 16 years of experience in professional development of educators and learners in Higher Education industry and has worked in several Singaporean universities. She is a reputed consultant in the field of work-place aligned, authentic, problem/project-based learning that leverages on design thinking and technology. Her expertise is in Technology-enabled Learning, Learner-centered Teaching Methods, University Educational Development and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Nacha has started up two professional development units in Singaporean Universities and initiated the Digital Learning initiatives called “Emergency Preparedness for Teaching and Learning” at the Singapore Management University and Singapore University of Technology and Design. She has a proven track record of envisioning, strategizing and operationalising organizational and professional development initiatives that leverage on community building. and is recognized nationally and internationally with various awards. Notable recognitions she has received are Singapore SkillsFuture Fellowship (2018) award for professional development of educators and International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Fellowship (2019) and Special Mention as EdTech Leader in Asia (2019).
Dr. John Fong
Chief Executive Officer
Topic: The New Normal – Getting Ready For The Post Pandemic Reality In Schools
Dr John Fong is the CEO of MDIS (Management Development Institute of Singapore) which is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning since 1956. His experience is diverse, having lived and worked in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA, where he has specialised in a variety of fields such as Business Development, Hospitality & Tourism, International Relations and Education. He is most passionate about Education having been the President & CEO of a University, a Professor at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, a published author, an academic reviewer for journals and textbooks and a sought-after speaker, regularly conducting seminars internationally. In 2018, Dr Fong was acknowledged by URS International and AsiaOne Magazine as one of Asia’s best CEO. He was also recognised by EduTECH Asia with a Leadership award in 2019.
Lau Kai Cheong
Vice President, IT & Chief Information Officer
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Dr. Catherine Shea Sanger
Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning
Topic: Yale-NUS Case Study: Teaching During COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis
Dr. Catherine Sanger is Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Senior Lecturer in Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College. She is the author of “Inclusive Pedagogy and Universal Design Approaches for Diverse Learning Environments,” co-editor of Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Lessons from Across Asia (Palgrave, 2020), and a contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Times Higher Education, and Channel News Asia. As CTL Director she facilitates faculty pedagogy and curriculum development in addition to student academic support services such as peer tutoring and learning accommodations. As Senior Lecturer in Global Affairs, Dr Sanger teaches advanced courses on international security and law, global governance, and the politics of technological-territorial discovery. She holds a PhD in International Affairs from the University of Virginia and pursued undergraduate study at Wellesley College and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Yeung Sze Kiu
Senior Lecturer of School of Business, Online Learning Unit
Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
Topic: Singapore University Of Social Sciences Utilizes Learning Analytics To More Effectively Manage Students’ Performance
As a Senior Lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) I have taught business courses in quantitative subjects. Given that SUSS has established an Online Learning department since 2017 I have taught courses online when they have moved into the online environment. In preparation for online learning I have completed a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree with Athabasca University, Canada, between 2009 – 2014 studying online with the instructors and the students from around the world. Learning and teaching online is an environment that I am familiar with when knowledge and skills are exchanged in both synchronous and asynchronous manner. As part of my research for SUSS I have studied the behaviours of students learning between face-to-face and online formats. It is interesting in today’s learning environment that some students preferred online learning while the rest are continuing with the face-to-face format before the pandemic in 2020. These days in order to accomplish learning all students would need to learn online until the face-to-face format can resume. It is a challenge for both the instructors to deliver and the students to receive knowledge online if they are not well prepared for the online environment. I hope to share my experience of online teaching and learning with a focus of my research in learning analytics specifically on students’ performance when they learned in an online environment.
Learning Technologies Specialist
James Cook University
Topic: Case Study: James Cook University’s Use Of Blended Learning Assures Seamless Continuity In Education
Esther is an education developer with work experience across three continents, a postgraduate degree in architecture and a background in multimedia education. Her focus is on flexible, innovative support for authentic learning in blended and online environments.
At James Cook University Singapore she contributes to strategic development and implementation of educational technologies to support students and staff with eLearning and blended learning across the campus.
Kwa Lay Ping
Senior Academic Mentor, School of Life Skills and Communication
Dr. Fung Fun Man
Lecturer in Chemistry and Science of Learning
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Interactive Roundtable Discussion: How Institutions Using Different Blended Learning Approach To Improve Students’ Learning Experience In Remote Learning During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Roundtable A: Synchronous & Asynchronous Online Learning
Topic: Loving Education In The Time Of COVID-19: Proven Strategies In Engaging Learners Online
Fun Man Fung, Ph.D is a Singaporean lecturer in Learning Sciences and Chemistry at the National University of Singapore. He is passionate about education, mentorship, youth empowerment, and civic engagement. He serves as the elected secretary of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) and is the SNIC Singapore National Representative at the IUPAC Committee for Chemical Education. Fun Man’s story is featured on The Conversation and VeeR.TV. He is the host of the ALS1010: Learning to Learn Better, a highly popular NUS course. In 2019, Fun Man was awarded the “Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative“ Fellowship organized by the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.
Fun Man has delivered invited seminars at Stanford University, University of Cambridge, OECD, Sciences Po, University of Hong Kong, Sorbonne Université, Politecnico di Milano and Université de Paris. He is the co-author is the top International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) book “10 Things You Must Know About IChO”
Fun Man was conferred the University Annual Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and NUS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2016. He is a distinguished recipient of the D2L award Innovation in Teaching and Learning (2019) and QS-Wharton STAR Reimagine Education Awards (2017, 2018) for his effort in innovative teaching and learning approach.
He was the Singaporean representative for Global Young Scientists Summit 2020, and a member of the CAS Future Leaders Program 2020, selected by the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Seow Poh Sun
Associate Professor of Accounting (Education)
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Topic: Get Gaming, Get Educated: How Making Online Learning Interesting Enhances Learning Outcomes
Dr Seow Poh Sun is Associate Professor of Accounting (Education) and Associate Dean (Teaching and Curriculum) of the School of Accountancy at Singapore Management University.
His teaching and research interests are in accounting information systems, accounting data & analytics, behavioural issues in accounting and accounting education. Poh Sun is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore and Fellow of CPA Australia and actively serves in teaching and curriculum-related committees.
Poh Sun has won a number of international and local teaching and research awards. He was the first professor in Asia to receive the Howard Teall Award for Innovation in Accounting Education (First Prize) in 2020 from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association for his video-learning project to teach internal controls. He also received the AAA Outstanding Instructional Contribution Award in 2018 for developing an online tutorial to teach database modelling. He also received the AAA Jim Bulloch Award for Innovations in Management Accounting Education in 2017 and the AAA Innovation in Accounting Education Award in 2015, for his award-winning mobile learning app Accounting Challenge. He and his collaborators were the first professors in Asia to win the three awards, which were presented by the American Accounting Association (AAA). He was inducted on the SMU Teaching Honour Roll in 2017 for receiving at least three SMU Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Awards.