April 2016 Learning Symposia

During April 26 and April 28, 2016 we offered three pedagogy sessions, jointly offered by the Yale-NUS Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Educational Resources and Technology (ERT) department, and the Writers Center.

This web site contains all the materials from our April Learning Symposium on the CTL web site. On this site are the full set of materials from the Intercultural Issues discussion (led by Sara Amjad and Bryan Penprase), the Students as Creators session (led by Brian Revis and Nancy Gleason), and the writing discussion (led by Heidi Stella). We hope you enjoyed these sessions!  

We plan to offer a similar set of pedagogy sessions in August 2016, and hope you can attend those!  Also please send us ideas of other sessions you would think are useful.


 Intercultural Issues in the Classroom

In collaboration with the Dean of Students office, and Sara Amjad, we shared with faculty some of the results from the Intercultural Dialogs conducted over the past year. Faculty will be able to discuss intercultural issues and how they have played out in their teaching, and work together on a few case studies developed based on actual student experiences at Yale-NUS. We also discussed frameworks for communication that have cultural dependencies, and the difference between discussion, debate and dialog, which can all be useful tools in your teaching.  Below are the resources from that session, including the case studies which we discussed as a group.

Cultural Orientations ModelCultural Orientations Wheel

US Singapore Cultural Gap

Exploring the Differences Between Discussion Debate and Dialogue (PDF)

Faculty Workshop Scenarios – updated_1 (PDF) – These were case studies, inspired by actual Yale-NUS situations, that we discussed in the workshop.

FACILITATION SKILLS – faculty  (PDF) – These are some methods for running a class, that help facilitate discussions.


Students as Creators: Project-based Learning with Media Assignments

Nancy Gleason and Bryan Revis (Educational Technologist, Tufts University) described the ways in which media-based assignments, such as podcasts, documentaries or short-video assignments, can help meet your courses learning objectives in ways that enhance the student’s experience. Project-based learning allows the student to create knowledge and apply course material in challenging ways.

Students-Creators_Questions-handout_April2016 (PDF)

PS138 Storyboard Grading Rubric (PDF)

Teaching Fair Use (PDF)


Writers Center Discussion

WPA Outcomes Statement Adopted Revisions[1]_0 (PDF)

WPA guidelines for YNC faculty workshop (PDF)