e-Learning Symposium 2020



This e-Learning Symposium is being organised on behalf of the Office of the Senior Deputy President and Provost (SDPPVO) by the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL), in close collaboration with the Centre for Instructional Technology (CIT). 

Date: 8 June 2020 (Monday)
Time: 8.30am to 12:45pm


The current global public health emergency has had far-reaching consequences for our daily lives and routines, and also for the ways in which we work at NUS. During the previous semester, all classes had to be moved online and alternative ways of assessing learning had to be found.

COVID-19 has underlined the importance of Digital Education for the future. It is therefore timely that as a community of students and staff, we take stock of last semester's move to e-learning and online teaching so as to plan ahead for the next semester.

The key objective of this e-symposium is for Senior Management to communicate and consult with faculty members and students on the way forward for teaching at NUS. This will be an opportunity for the campus community, both faculty and students, to share experiences and challenges in Semester 2 of AY2019/20, as well as to prepare for fully online education in AY2020/21 and beyond.  

Guest of Honour

Professor HO Teck Hua

Professor HO Teck Hua
Senior Deputy President and Provost


 Time Session
8.30am – 8.45amLogging onto session
8.45am – 8.50amWelcome + housekeeping matters
8.50am – 9amOpening address by Senior Deputy President & Provost Prof HO Teck Hua
9am – 9.45amSession 1: Student experience

In their book on the undergraduate experience, Felten et. al (2016) emphasise the potential within universities to focus resources and human talents on what matters most. Learning matters in the University, not just for students but for everyone. The challenge is not that we don’t know what to do to bring about a good learning experience, but to “create and sustain excellent undergraduate education”. This session aims to provide students with a platform to share and discuss their learning experiences, whether f2f on-campus, in living-learning settings in residential colleges, or online/blended. The goal is to learn from students’ experiences and discuss how they may contribute to “creating and sustaining excellent undergraduate education” for all.

A/Prof CHNG Huang Hoon, Associate Provost, Undergraduate Education 
A/Prof LEONG Ching, Dean of Students


  • Dr CHAN Taizan, Director, Research and Education Analytics
  • Mr Richard WANG Kai, President, NUS Student Union (NUSSU)
  • Mr Siddharth KRISHNAN, President, Graduate Students’ Society (GSS)


9.45am – 10amBreak 
10am – 10.45am

Session 2: Educators’ challenges and successes
This is a session for faculty to share their challenges, pain points, success stories in teaching and assessments in the last semester.This is followed by a discussion on approaches to online teaching and assessment for the upcoming academic year(s). Feedback shared in this session will help to inform how faculty members could be supported in online teaching.

Prof Bernard TAN, Senior Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
Prof Susanna LEONG, Vice Provost, Graduate Education


  • Dr Cristian BADARINZA, School of Design and Environment
  • Dr LEONG Lai Peng, Faculty of Science
  • Dr LIOW Chee Hsiang, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
  • A/Prof LOY Hui Chieh, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Ms Kiruthika RAGUPATHI

10.45am – 11am Break 
11am – 11.45am 

Session 3: Innovations
How can we reimagine teaching and learning at NUS? What innovations – analogue as well as digital – would encourage new approaches that can build on our strengths but also draw on untapped potential? In addition to faculty-led innovations, how might students and alumni contribute, including through the NUS Resilience and Growth Innovation Challenge?

A/Prof Erle LIM, Vice Provost, Teaching Innovation and Quality
Prof Simon CHESTERMAN, Dean, Faculty of Law 


  • A/Prof Robin LOON, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Prof SOW Chorng Haur, Faculty of Science
  • A/Prof SOO Yuen Jien, School of Computing

A/Prof Adrian LEE

11.45am – 12nn Break 
12nn – 12.45pm

In this “Wrap up + Where do we go from here” session, session chairs recap two or three key points from their respective sessions that we will work toward for the coming academic year(s).

Prof Florence LING, Vice Provost, Student Life


  • A/Prof CHNG Huang Hoon, Prof Bernard TAN,  A/Prof Erle LIM
  • Mr Shaun TAN Zheng Jie, Vice President, NUS Student Union (NUSSU)
  • Mr Siddharth KRISHNAN, President, Graduate Students’ Society (GSS)



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