Empowering educators: Teaching Forum 6.0 features e-teaching, e-learning and AI

Teaching Forum 6.0, jointly organised by the Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) and the Centre for Curriculum Development and Innovation (CCDI) via Microsoft Teams, took place on 28 and 29 February 2024.

The forum provided an enriching experience for the participants, largely consisting of educators. It focused on leveraging AI-empowered teaching methodologies, personalised delivery, and engaging e-learning tools and platforms. The inclusive online event was open to all educators interested in enhancing their teaching practices.

In the first session, two speakers were invited, namely Prof Dr N. Veera Sekaran from M. Kandiah Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MK FMHS) and Puan Nurzanatul Amira binti Azizan from the Department of Soft Skills Competency (DSSC). The session was moderated by Faculty of Creative Industries (FCI) Centre for Media and Communication Research Chairperson Dr A.W. Sharon Jacqueline.

During the presentation, Prof Veera Sekaran addressed the importance of leveraging e-learning tools and platforms for effective content delivery in medical education. Prof Veera delved into his extensive experience, emphasising five key aspects for successful implementation. Firstly, he highlighted the importance of customising learning experiences to suit individual learners, ensuring a personalised approach. Secondly, Prof Veera underscored the significance of developing robust content platforms tailored specifically for medical education delivery. Thirdly, he discussed the meticulous process of creating materials optimised for content delivery, emphasising clarity and relevance. Subsequently, Prof Veera elucidated the crucial steps involved in collating, assembling, and deploying these materials efficiently. Finally, he stressed the necessity of continuous monitoring and improvement, emphasising the dynamic nature of e-learning in enhancing medical education.

Prof Veera introducing e-learning tools and platforms

Puan Nurzanatul shared strategic e-teaching approaches for social sciences, arts, and humanities. These methods include microlearning with mixed media, scenario-based learning for interpretation, social collaboration, interactive quizzes, and gamified modules. She emphasised the complementarity of technology and teaching, stating that while technology cannot replace great teachers, in their hands, it becomes transformational. This encapsulated the integration of innovative e-learning techniques with traditional pedagogy, enhancing educational outcomes in diverse disciplines.

Puan Nurzanatul sharing her experience and teaching method to attendees

The second session saw two speakers, namely Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS SL) senior lecturer Ms Lee Cin Dee and Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Head of Programme (Master in Data Management and Analytics & Postgraduate Diploma in Data Management and Analytics) Ts Dr Lee Chen Kang. It was moderated by FCI Head of Programme (PG Dip in Educational Tech and Master in Educational Tech Programmes) Dr Kristina Francis.

Ms Lee imparted insights on crafting engaging e-materials for extended student learning. Emphasising alignment with course outcomes, she advocated for simplicity and user-friendliness while leveraging various platforms and delivery methods. Her strategies centred on self-directed and self-paced learning, ensuring minimal cost and maximum engagement. Collaboration across departments was highlighted to harness diverse expertise. This holistic approach aimed to captivate students beyond traditional classrooms, fostering enjoyable and effective learning experiences.

Ms Lee presenting her strategies which are centred on self-directed and self-paced learning

Dr Lee explored the Generative AI’s role in Education 4.0, highlighting its advantages and emphasising five essential student skills. These include problem formulation, exploration, experimentation, critical thinking, and reflection. Despite AI’s potential for inaccuracies, Dr Lee saw it as a valuable teaching tool, urging instructors to experiment with its pedagogical applications. He reassured that while technology evolves, teaching remains indispensable, emphasising the collaborative potential of Generative AI in enriching learning experiences.

Dr Lee talking about generative AI in the education field

The forum ended with a Q&A and a group photography session.

Q&A session in progress

Speakers and participants at the end of the forum

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