NIE Staff Development Day

NIE Staff Development Day

Friday, 04 November 2016

The 2016 NIE Staff Development Day was centered around the theme: Innovation and Collaboration.

There were three parallel sessions (1. Teaching 2. Research 3. Admin) running concurrently after the tea break following Director Professor Tan Oon Seng’s address to the NIE community.

In LT12, Dr Elizabeth Koh (Assistant Dean, Research Translation, OER) chaired the Teaching session. The speakers for the morning were Associate Professor Ng Pak Tee (Head, PLS & Associate Dean, Leadership Learning) (topic: “Connecting with Teachers and School Leaders”), Mr Paul Lincoln (Senior Lecturer, Visual & Performing Arts) (topic: “Visualising the Artist Studio”) and Dr Jason Loh Kok Khiang (Senior Lecturer, English Language & Literature) (topic: “Teaching and Research: Interconnectedness with the Wider Context”).

Dr Elizabeth Koh  
Dr Elizabeth Koh served as chair for the sessions on Teaching.

Dr Ng Pak Tee
Assoc Prof Ng Pak Tee started the session that morning.

While over in LT2, Dr Alfredo Bautista (Research Scientist, OER) served as chairperson for the Research sessions. This session saw speakers from the Natural Sciences & Science Education department Professor Xu Shuyan and Associate Professor He Jie (topic: “Development of a Viable Research Strand in Content Research”), Associate Professor Rita Silver (English Language & Literature) and Associate Professor Chang Chew Hung (Associate Dean, Professional Development), (topic: “Development of a Research Strand in Education and Pedagogy”), and Professor Low Ee Ling (Head, Office of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality) (topic: “Telling your Compelling Research Narrative”).

Dr Alfredo Bautista and speakers
Speakers of the Research session. (From left: Dr Alfredo Bautista, Associate Professor Chang Chew Hung, Professor Low Ee Ling, Associate Professor He Jie, Associate Professor Rita Silver and Professor Xu Shuyan)

And finally in LT1, the NIE administrative community were engaged in an interactive session, looking at “How to be Solution Focused in a Problem Focused World: The Art of Creating Possibilities and Moving Quickly Towards it” by leadership and motivational speaker, Mr Kenneth Kwan.

Teamwork at its best.

Discussions continued over lunch where there was an additional showcase of 35 research projects on poster displays.

Research posters highlighted the work done by NIE from various research centres and academic groups.

After lunch, session 2 saw a lively panel discussion in LT 2 on “School Partnership in Research and Teaching”. The panel comprised Associate Professor Chang Chew Hung, Dr Tan Liang See (Assistant Dean, School Partnerships), Dr Rachel Lam (Research Scientist, OER), and Dr Teo Chew Lee (MOE, Educational Technology Division). The session was moderated by Dr Phillip Towndrow (Senior Research Scientist, OER).

Dr Koh shared, “The ‘Teaching’ session went smoothly and the three speakers, Pak Tee, Paul and Jason, shared rich stories and strategies of their teaching practice. These included connecting with teachers, using social media tools with their students, and being involved in research.”

All the speakers for the day were presented with beautiful artwork from the children at the Rainbow Centre.

Panel Speakers
From left: Dr Tan, Dr Teo, Assoc Prof Chang, Dr Lam and Dr Towndrow.

And over in LT 1, Mr Kwan concluded his session with the rest of the NIE community. Ms Kumutha Krisnan, Senior Manager with Research Support Unit in OER shared, “The MCSO session was good. The first part was centered on a solution focused approach at work which was a timely reminder to rethink the way we deal with work issues. The second part on goals setting was relevant not just for work but for other aspects of our personal lives.”

Mr Kwan (front) with the NIE admin community.

The day ended with laughter and smiles, gourmet coffee and retro-inspired ice cream in a cone and colourful slices of bread.

Fabulous end to NIE Staff Development Day 2016.

If you've missed out on the sessions, you may view them below: