Associate Director

Kiruthika RAGUPATHI is Associate Director, and has been with CDTL since 1997. She co-leads professional development programmes and oversees the centralised teaching quality instruments at NUS—student feedback and peer review. Her research work focuses on assessment, student living-learning experiences, interdisciplinary education, academic development, and technology-enhanced learning. Kiruthika received the Commendation Medal at Singapore's National Day Awards in 2014 for her commendable performance and conduct, competence, and devotion to duty in the field of education.


Member, SOTL Asia

Selected Publications and Conference Presentations


Ragupathi, K. (2022). Illuminating the interactions between ideologies, academic subjectivities, and practices in a hybrid graded/gradeless learning environment: An ethnographic study deploying the practice lens. [Doctoral Thesis, Lancaster University]. Lancaster University.

Bayraktar, B., Ragupathi, K., & Troyer, K. A (2022, July 19). Disconnect between Instructor Feedback Beliefs and Practices. Center for Engaged Learning Blog

Ragupathi, K., Yeo, Z. H., & Loy. H. C. (2022). Promoting critical thinking and learning in a large enrolment humanities course: A case study. Teaching & Learning Inquiry, 10.    

Ragupathi, K.
(2021). Desired characteristics of continuing professional development for holistic academic development, International Journal for Academic Development.   

Ragupathi, K.
, & Lee, K. C. (2021). Navigating opportunities and challenges during uncertain times: Role and value of academic development units. Asia Pacific Journal of Educators and Education, 36(2), 281–298.

McMorran, C., & Ragupathi, K. (2020) The promise and pitfalls of gradeless learning: responses to an alternative approach to grading, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Online first, June 2019, DOI: 10.1080/0309877X.2019.1619073

Ragupathi, K., & Lee, A. M. (2020). Beyond Fairness and Consistency in Grading: The Role of Rubrics in Higher Education. In Higher Education, Diversity, and Inclusive Pedagogy in Asia, N. W. Gleason and C. S. Sanger (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan: Singapore, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-1628-3_3, (Book Chapter) 

McMorran, C., Ragupathi, K., & Luo, S. (2017). Assessment and learning without grades? Motivations and concerns with implementing gradeless learning in higher education, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 42(3), 361-377, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2015.1114584

Ragupathi, K., & Hubball, H. (2015). Scholarly approaches to learning technology integration in a research-intensive university context: Impact of a new faculty initiative, Transformative Dialogues, 8(1), 1-16.

Pan, D., Ragupathi, K., & Ip, Y. K. (2012). Effects of a professional development programme on the development of teaching styles. Journal of the NUS Teaching Academy, 2(4), 170-191.

Ragupathi, K., & Lakshminarayanan S. (2012). Facilitating 21st century skills in engineering students. The Journal of Engineering Education, 26(1), 1-11.

Pan, D., Tan, G. S. H., Ragupathi, K., Booluck, K., Roop, R., & Ip, Y. K. (2009). Profiling teacher/teaching using descriptors derived from qualitative feedback: Formative and summative applications. Research in Higher Education, 50, 73–100.

Conference Presentations

Kiruthika Ragupathi (2020) Gradeless Education: The promise and pitfalls, 3rd International Conference on Educational Development 2020, Indonesia, October 27-28, 2020. (Keynote Talk) 

Lee, A. M., & Ragupathi, K. (2019). Beliefs into action: The transformative effect of living-learning experiences, Residential Learning Communities as a High-Impact Practice Conference, Elon University, USA, June 16-17.

Ragupathi, K., & Lee, A. M. (2019). Investigating the effects of living-learning experiences on students’ academic and social engagement, RAISE 2019 Conference , Newcastle University, September 4-6.

Ragupathi, K., Geertsema, J., & Lee, A. M. (2018). Supporting systematic interpretation of and engagement with student evaluations of teaching (Poster Presentation), ISSOTL 2018, Bergen, Norway, 24-27 October.

Ragupathi, K., Muthu Kumar, C., Kan, M-Y, & Tan, B. C. Y. (2017). Investigating student learning in online discussion forums through a transactivity framework, ISSOTL 2017, Calgary, Canada, 11-14 October.

Ragupathi, K., & Geertsema, J. (2017). Using student feedback to enhance teaching practices and policies. The 2nd EuroSoTL conference,Lund, Sweden, June 8-9.

Ragupathi, K., & McMorran, C. (2016). Freedom and control in a gradeless learning environment, SRHE International Annual Research Conference 2016, New Port, United Kingdom, 7-9 December.

Muthu Kumar, C., Kan, M-Y., Tan, B. C. Y., & Ragupathi, K. (2015). Towards feasible instructor intervention in MOOC discussion forums, International Conference on Information Systems 2015 (ICIS 2015), Fort Worth, Texas from 13-16 December.

Ragupathi, K., Lakshminarayanan S., Liew, S. D., & Geertsema, J. (2015). Preparing future faculty through responsive postgraduate training programmes. Presented at the international conference on eLearning Forum Asia 2015 (eLFA2015), Singapore.

Muthu Kumar, C., Kan, M-Y., Tan, B. C. Y., & Ragupathi, K. (2015). Learning instructor intervention from MOOC forums: Early results and issues. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Data Mining (EDM '15), Madrid, Spain.

Ragupathi K., Lakshminarayanan S., & Soong S. K. (2013). Curriculum innovation: An inter-institutional, technology-enabled, faculty-level collaborative model. Poster presentation at International Enhancement Themes Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom, June 2013.

Ragupathi K. (2012). Building a community of practice through “Technology In Pedagogy” series, Presented at the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN12), Barcelona, Spain, July 2012.

Ragupathi, K. (2012). Enhancing teaching and learning through mid-semester student feedback, Presented at the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN12), Barcelona, Spain, July 2012.

Pan, D., & Ragupathi, K. (2010). Optimizing the use of student feedback for effective learning. Presented at the International Conference on Learning & Teaching, Singapore, June 2010.

Chng H. H., & Ragupathi, K. (2010). Meeting the staff development and technology challenges at NUS. Presented at the Educating Pharmacists (Asia) Symposium (Invited paper), Singapore, April 2010

Ragupathi K., & Booluck, K. M. (2007). Assessing the Impact of technology on teaching and learning: Faculty and student perspectives. Presented at the Distance Learning And The Internet Conference (APRU DLI 2007), Bangkok, Thailand, December 2007.