Innovation

 

ALSET supports the creation, evaluation, and application of innovative educational technologies and practices.

We aim to help NUS become a global leader in learning science and education technology innovation through three main activities:

  • Grants: we offer seed grants to help NUS researchers secure larger grants from the MOE, NRF, and other funding bodies.
  • Data: we manage the ALSET Educational Data Lake, a powerful resource for learning science and education technology researchers that includes detailed data on student backgrounds, behaviors, and outcomes.
  • Events: we host workshops, business case competitions, hackathons, and other events that help inspire and reward innovation in education.

We intend to build on existing innovation programs at NUS, including the University Scholars Programme, the Special Programme in Science at the Faculty of Science, the Innovation & Design-Centric Programme at the Faculty of Engineering, and TeamLEAD at Duke-NUS. Part of our role involves the measurement and evaluation of innovative pedagogical approaches and educational technologies.

Drawing on synergy with other NUS institutions, we also facilitate partnerships among faculty, students, other universities, industry players, and entrepreneurs. Our unique position within the university and broader community enables us to match academic interests with industry projects and foster entrepreneurial relationships.


ALSET Events

ALSET regularly hosts events for the learning science and education technology community.



Ace Of Coders 2017

November 2017, ALSET Deputy Director Chris Boesch helped run Ace of Coders, a National Infocomm Competition that teaches students the fundamentals of coding. Co-hosted with the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) and held on the NUS campus, it included over 850 students from Singaporean secondary schools and junior colleges, as well undergraduates at NUS.

WESST 2017

Co-hosted by ALSET and the School of Computing at NUS in July 2017, the WESST workshop brought together some of the world’s leading experts in educational and social science technology, including keynotes from Dragan Gaševic of the University of Edinburgh, Xiangen Hu from the University of Memphis, and Carolyn Rosé and John Stamper from Carnegie Mellon University.

The Ultimate Learning Weekend and First EdTech Challenge

Students and faculty celebrate the First EdTech Challenge, a business case competition for new edtech solutions held in February 2017.