Paper Presentation (30 minutes per presentation)

In these presentations where full papers have to be submitted for the conference, presenters share their application or implementation of refreshing and exciting teaching and learning approaches and strategies that are geared towards quality vocational and technical education for a globalised economy.

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TS01: Taking The First Step To Upgrade Knowledge and Skills in Wireless LAN

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Leong Pak Kin, LT/EC/CE(Simei) & Catherine Soh Geok Hong, LT/EC/CE(Simei)
This paper presents the experience of two lecturers who were given the opportunity to develop the new Wireless Local Area Network(LAN) specialisation and saw the need for upgrading to acquire new knowledge and skills. The process of re-training ranging from identifying the area of training required to gaining actual working experience and practices through Industrial Attachment programme will be discussed. The presenters hope that staff will be encouraged to take on new challenges to maximise their professional growth and capabilities.

TS02: Improving And Identifying The Spatial Visualisation Ability of Students

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Kanagarajah Suppiah, LT/MEED/CC(TP)

Spatial Visualisation is the ability to create a mental image of an object and then to manipulate it mentally. It is an important skill that is needed in most of the modules taught in MEED curriculum. This paper presents a study carried out to ascertain the extent to which this skill is lacking in the students and examines strategies that can be implemented to improve this particular skill in our students. It also gives an indication as to whether performance in spatial visualization test has a direct influence on the performance in the module “2D and 3D Modelling”.

TS03: PEPP&ER Approach In Delivering Lessons

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Jean Koh Kim Hong, LT/SS/CE(Simei)
The PEPP approach has been augmented with simple enquires and reflection on learning experiences by students. In this presentation, Jean will share her experience in using the PEPP&ER approach in the planning and delivery of a series of lessons for Outgoing and Incoming Mail in the Office Organisation Module for Service Skills(Office) course. Students benefited from this hands-on approach and learning was more fun and interactive. At the same time, it was also an effective way to obtain feedback from the students on areas in which they experienced difficulty so that improvements could be made.

TS04: Use of Songs In the Teaching Of Lifeskills Modules

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Tan Siew Tee, LT/LFS/CC(BK) & Shi Soi Fah, LT/LFS/CC(BK)
The appeal of music and song as a means of communication is universal. Important concepts taught in the Lifeskills Modules can be found embodied in the lyrics of the songs sung by some artistes favoured by our students. Getting these messages across to the teenagers through lyrics of songs is a "hip and cool" classroom strategy that has been used successfully by the presenters. The presenters will reveal how they have used this strategy to motivate their students, enhance their listening skills and to impart values through analysis of song lyrics.

TS05: Activity-based Teaching For Effective Learning

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Evani Venkata Anantha Lakshmi, LT/ICT/CC(MP) & Seah Cheng Hee, SH/MMT/CC(MP)
A variety of interactive activities designed based on social constructivist principles had stimulated interest and involvement in the learning process with the positive outcome of seeing students actively participated to construct their own knowledge rather then being passive knowledge consumers. At the end of such an interactive session, both the teacher and the students had a sense of achievement and contentment. Substantial improvement in terms of deeper understanding of the topic and improved interpersonal skills were observed. Activity-based teaching was well appreciated by both the students and the staff as the final outcome of teaching and learning was achieved.

TS06: Creative Nutshell Memory Aids

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Tan King Seng, LT/EC/CC(TP)
The Creative Nutshell Memory Aids approach is based on the popular visual learning technique of mind-mapping. It is the result of a series of attempts used to help students in the "Fundamentals of Communication" Module understand the inter-relationships of various electronic communication systems. the presentation will illustrate how Nutshell pages can be drawn up for a technical subject such as "Fundamentals of Communication" and how such summary pages can be created for other subjects. Ultimately, students can also learn to develop their own Nutshell pages that will become a lifelong learning tool in the course of their studies.

TS07: Learning Styles Of ITE Students

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Puah Keng Hai, M/ASC(CC)

This paper presents a study on the relationship between learning styles and GPA(Grade Point Average) using Kolb’s Model that presents students’ learning styles under the classifications of Accommodator, Converger, Diverger and Assimilator This study on a group of 291 ITE students revealed that those students who employed a Converging learning style had higher GPA scores across courses irrespective of gender and ethnic group. Knowledge of the different learning styles of students will have implications on how teachers could improve their instructional effectiveness in the classroom.

TS08: Achieving Global Readiness Through A Holistic Physical Education Programme

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Raymond Ong, CM/PE/CE(Simei), Kribaraja Paul, SH/PE/CE(Simei) &
Patrick Tan, SH/PE/CE(Simei)

This paper advocates a multi-strategy approach in physical education that is not confined to games skills, theoretical concepts and physical conditioning alone but incorporates learning outcomes through survival and team building activities as well. This approach has provided a wide spectrum of activities in physical education that has rejuvenated interest among students, improved attendance and the quality of students’ lives in College East. The adoption of this multi-strategy approach has effectively set the stage in preparing our students to adapt well towards the global challenges in life.

ET01: Preparing Students For Full eLearning

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Lim-Foo Fong Lee, eLS/ETU/CW & Hariharan Dharmarajan, LT/AC/CW(CT)
Online learning was implemented for 14 modules in ITE College West in January 2005. As this mode of learning is new to our students, there is a need to prepare them to ensure that learning is carried out effectively and efficiently. In particular, the presenters will highlight how teachers can guide students to overcome initial problems that they may encounter to prepare them well for the online learning experience. This paper serves as a guide on how to prepare students for effective online learning.

ET02: Effective Use Of Instructional Video

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Roy Lam, eLS/ETU/CW
This paper will look into the limitations of conventional delivery method of demonstrating in practical lesson, and suggest how technology can be used to improve learning. It provides an overview of what video-based learning objects are, how these can be created and structured for online learning, and examine some causes and propose remedies of problems encountered by video viewing on the web. It also highlights how sound, music and narration can be incorporated into video to engage and enliven learners in more interactive learning. A live demonstration of such a video-based module will be provided on eTutor for reference.

ET03: Organisational Impact Of Having Full eLearning Modules

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Sim Wei Choon, H/ETU/CW
This paper will outline the organisational impact resulting from the implementation of full eLearning modules in ITE College West and present a model of work and improvement for future advancements that has been developed by a team of specialists from ETU(W) This model will be of interest to stakeholders in the organisation such as lecturers, module coordinators, e-learning specialists, section heads and course managers who will have to take the lead in effecting change in this new e-Learning environment to enhance teaching.

ET04: Creating Interactive Reusable Learning Content Using Flash And XML

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Arumugam Swaminathan, LT/IT/CW(DR) & Irene K H Lee, LT/IT/CW(DR)
This paper presents few simple techniques and strategies on how to create games, interactive activities and reusable learning contents using Flash and XML. Non-IT lecturers can use this technique to create interesting content for their teaching and learning activities. The technical aspects of how these contents can be meta-tagged for uploading to eTutor or any other Learning Management systems will be discussed. Examples to be shown include an entry that had won the
1st prize in the Splashawards 2005 under the Junior Consumer Category.

ET05: Using eLearning For Industrial Robotics

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Asrina Bte Abdul Samad, LT/MCE/CC(TP)

This paper will describe how the show-tell-ask-do framework developed at EDT was applied in the design of learning activities to facilitate learning of difficult concepts, principles and ideas in the Industrial Robotics module in Mechatronics Engineering The presenter will highlight the importance of using effective teaching methods that strengthen students’ ability to retain, retrieve and apply concepts learned through the use of this framework to motivate students and to develop their enthusiasm for this module. Although the examples are from Mechatronics Engineering, the framework can be applied to facilitate learning in other content areas.

ET06: Using Technology To Support Situated Learning - A Vocational Educational Perspective

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Ling_Seow Bee Ling, eLS/ETU/CC

This paper discusses the application of Situated Learning in teaching and learning that bridges the gap between the learning of content through formal instruction and how those knowledge and skills to be acquired are applied in the real work context. This paper presents a new instructional strategy – Situated Learning – in the context of technology-based learning that focuses on the development of problem solving skills.

It will feature a particular application of Situated Learning in one module showing the evolution in teaching approach from the use of powerpoint presentations with static graphics and text explanations to one where students were able to learn within an authentic context, interact with computers and apply higher order thinking skills to complete the task given.

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