OER’s Inaugural Symposium on Educating for Innovation

OER’s Inaugural Symposium on Educating for Innovation

Wednesday, 08 June 2016

The Office of Education Research (OER) held the inaugural OER symposium on 24 May 2016.

Themed “Educating for Innovation”, this symposium sought to engage in beginning discussions around innovation and entrepreneurship education by asking a key question: How can these capabilities, skills, dispositions and mind-sets be generated in students and through what educational means or learning environments?

Drawing from current and leading NIE research on formal and informal learning, makerspaces and design thinking, researchers and academics from NIE talked about how to develop traits such as innovativeness, risk taking, grit and teamwork in students that will prepare them for the future, as well as think about how school spaces can be designed to make learning productive and engaging.

The four presenters and their presentation titles are as below:

Dr Michael Tan, Research Scientist, OER, NIE

Makerspaces in Singapore: Pedagogic Principles for Nurturing Innovativeness

Dr Kenneth Lim, Research Scientist, Centre of Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP), OER, NIE 

Makers on Parade: The Spontaneous Emergence of a Hackerspace within a School

Dr Wu Longkai, Research Scientist, CRPP, OER, NIE

Informal Learning Spaces for Incubating Innovations – Cases in Singapore Secondary Schools

Assistant Professor Loh Chin Ee, English Language and Literature Academic Group, NIE

Innovation & Educational Space: How Design can Revitalize our School Libraries and Learning

Assistant Dean (Research Communications) of OER Dr Dennis Kwek delivered a welcome address to an audience of about 30 participants. He also chaired the panel discussion at the end of the symposium that was both engaging and thought provoking.

“This symposium is the first of a series of discussions and presentations around an increasingly important area of research and educational policy in Singapore: innovation education,” says Dr Kwek.

“Feedback on the symposium has been positive, and we plan to engage more stakeholders in the future.”