EXPLORING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN

ACTIVE LEARNING ROOM WITH
SPECIAL PROGRAMME IN SCIENCE
Andreas Dewanto
Faculty of Scie...
Acknowledgement:
Special Programme in Science Staff

Dr. Adrian M. Lee
(Director)

Dr. Chammika
Udalagama

Dr. Leslie Gapt...
Outline
•
•
•
•
•

SPS in a Nutshell
Active Learning Room Setup
Teaching and Learning in ALR
Student Feedback
ALR in the F...
SPS in a Nutshell
• Established in 1996 to
expose talented science
students to multidisciplinary
science and train them
to...
Integrated Science Curriculum
Year of Study
1 (Freshmen)

Semester 1

Semester 2

SP2173 Atoms to
Molecules

SP2174 The Ce...
Active Learning Room
Students’ desks.
Each desk is able
to accommodate
up to 6 students

Semi-circular layout to maximize
...
A Closer Look at ALR’s Facilities: Students’ Desk
40” screen, to display
input from instructor’s
desk or other students’
d...
A Closer Look at ALR’s Facilities: Instructor’s Desk
AV panel enables
instructor to control
what is being cast
into projec...
A closer look at ALR’s Facilities: Layout
Secondary screen mirrors the main
projector for instructor’s reference

Whiteboa...
Utilizing ALR’s Facilities:
A typical Day in SP3176 Lecture
• Significant portion of the lecture is
dedicated for problem ...
Dr. Lim Zhi Han in Action during SP3176 Lecture
A student presenting his
solution, a typical scene in
SP3176 lecture

Phot...
Students in Action during SP3176 Lecture

Photos courtesy of Lim Zhi Han
SP3176 Internal Student Feedback on ALR (1)

SD: Strongly disagree
D: Disagree

SA: Strongly Agree
A: Agree

Reference: Z....
SP3176 Internal Student Feedback on ALR (2)

SD: Strongly disagree
D: Disagree

SA: Strongly Agree
A: Agree

Reference: Z....
The mobile desks are convenient to be
moved around to set simple table-top
experiments up anywhere in the room

Making use...
The Role of ALR in the Future
• Con: not suitable for conventional teaching
en-masse, resource intensive.
• Pro: ideal for...
Photo courtesy of John Ouyang

Thank you
Contact:
Dr. Adrian Lee (chmaml@nus.edu.sg)
Mr. Andreas Dewanto (andreas.dewanto@...
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Special Programme in Science (SPS) is a scholastic programme under the purview of Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore. The programme annually admits 30-40 bright and motivated students to go through Integrated Science Curriculum, an innovative multi-faceted curriculum with the objective of (1) grooming budding science students toward research excellence, and (2) exposing them into multidisciplinary aspect of science. This curriculum is accomplished through innovative pedagogical techniques which incorporate elements of peer-learning and blended-learning. Crucial in this effort is the support from the Faculty in providing the programme with access to Active Learning Room. My presentation is thus to elaborate on these initiatives and how these initiatives are implemented in Active Learning Room setting, bringing up examples on how teaching and learning are actually executed in various SPS courses.

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Exploring Teaching and Learning in Active Learning Seminar Room with Special Programme in Science

  1. 1. EXPLORING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN ACTIVE LEARNING ROOM WITH SPECIAL PROGRAMME IN SCIENCE Andreas Dewanto Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore Block S16 Level 3, 6 Science Drive 2, Singapore 117546
  2. 2. Acknowledgement: Special Programme in Science Staff Dr. Adrian M. Lee (Director) Dr. Chammika Udalagama Dr. Leslie Gapter Mr. Andreas Dewanto (Assistant Director) Dr. Linda Sellou Dr. Lim Zhi Han
  3. 3. Outline • • • • • SPS in a Nutshell Active Learning Room Setup Teaching and Learning in ALR Student Feedback ALR in the Future Photos courtesy of Sum Yuheng
  4. 4. SPS in a Nutshell • Established in 1996 to expose talented science students to multidisciplinary science and train them toward research excellence • Practice Integrated Science Curriculum, which cultivates: – – – – Scientific methodology Computation skill Communication skill Collaboration through peerlearning and mentorship in problem-solving. Photos courtesy of Andreas Dewanto
  5. 5. Integrated Science Curriculum Year of Study 1 (Freshmen) Semester 1 Semester 2 SP2173 Atoms to Molecules SP2174 The Cell SP2171 Discovering Science 2 (Sophomore) SP3175 The Earth SP3176 The Universe SP3172 Integrated Science Project 3 Junior mentorship 4 (Honors) Senior mentorship • Run in addition to student’ respective core programme • 2-year programme, consists of 4 thematic-based modules (73, 74, 75 & 76) and 2 research-based modules (71 & 72) • Dynamic and intensive teaching and learning environment, involving staff, students, and mentors (3rd, 4th, and postgrad)
  6. 6. Active Learning Room Students’ desks. Each desk is able to accommodate up to 6 students Semi-circular layout to maximize instructor-students interaction Instructor’s desk • • • • Located in S16 Level 3 Commissioned in 2011, under the purview of Science Dean’s Office Co-funded by FoS and Centre for Instructional Technology Max capacity: 42 students. Ideal capacity: 20 – 30 students
  7. 7. A Closer Look at ALR’s Facilities: Students’ Desk 40” screen, to display input from instructor’s desk or other students’ desks Visualizer, to present students’ work to the main projector or other desks Each desk is also equipped with the standard Audio-Video I/O for students to connect their laptops to. Photo courtesy of Lim Zhi Han Apart from the instructor’s desk, the whiteboards and projector, other furniture in ALR is movable. This allows fluidity and mobility in the class, which in turn encourage interaction.
  8. 8. A Closer Look at ALR’s Facilities: Instructor’s Desk AV panel enables instructor to control what is being cast into projector screen and/or individual monitors on students’ desk, which input that comes from either the instructor desk or individual students’ desk. Photo courtesy of Lim Zhi Han Instructor is also equipped with visualizer and standard Audio-Video I/O.
  9. 9. A closer look at ALR’s Facilities: Layout Secondary screen mirrors the main projector for instructor’s reference Whiteboards along the wall for students’ use Photos courtesy of Lim Zhi Han
  10. 10. Utilizing ALR’s Facilities: A typical Day in SP3176 Lecture • Significant portion of the lecture is dedicated for problem solving. • Problems are usually given in the midst of introducing a new concept. • Students are given 5-10 minutes to discuss within the group. • A group is randomly chosen to present the answer from their desk. • Alternative answers from other groups (if any) are discussed. Example of SP3176 Lecture Problem: Reason that the cosmological principle1 implies that any observer looking at the motion of galaxies will find the radial velocities proportional to the distance between her and the galaxy. [10 + 5 min] 1The cosmological principle: The Universe is homogeneous and isotropic.
  11. 11. Dr. Lim Zhi Han in Action during SP3176 Lecture A student presenting his solution, a typical scene in SP3176 lecture Photos courtesy of Lim Zhi Han Getting close and personal with the students
  12. 12. Students in Action during SP3176 Lecture Photos courtesy of Lim Zhi Han
  13. 13. SP3176 Internal Student Feedback on ALR (1) SD: Strongly disagree D: Disagree SA: Strongly Agree A: Agree Reference: Z.H. Lim, C. Udalagama, L. Gapter, A. Dewanto, L. Sellou, A.M. Lee (2013) Active and Collaborative Learning in an IT-enhanced Interactive, EDULEARN13 Proceedings, pp. 3997-4004.
  14. 14. SP3176 Internal Student Feedback on ALR (2) SD: Strongly disagree D: Disagree SA: Strongly Agree A: Agree Reference: Z.H. Lim, C. Udalagama, L. Gapter, A. Dewanto, L. Sellou, A.M. Lee (2013) Active and Collaborative Learning in an IT-enhanced Interactive, EDULEARN13 Proceedings, pp. 3997-4004.
  15. 15. The mobile desks are convenient to be moved around to set simple table-top experiments up anywhere in the room Making use of the whiteboard for discussion Photos courtesy of Andreas Dewanto Dr. Adrian Lee in Action during Interactive Tutorial Group Discussion
  16. 16. The Role of ALR in the Future • Con: not suitable for conventional teaching en-masse, resource intensive. • Pro: ideal for seminar-style, problem-based and collaborative teaching and learning • ALR is ideal for flip teaching. • ALR facilitates university’s iBLOC (Internal Blended Learning Online Course) initiative • Is ALR going to be a norm in future? I believe it is just a matter of time 
  17. 17. Photo courtesy of John Ouyang Thank you Contact: Dr. Adrian Lee (chmaml@nus.edu.sg) Mr. Andreas Dewanto (andreas.dewanto@sps.nus.edu.sg)
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