25 & 26 January 2018

Conrad Centennial Singapore

Early bird registration deadline

15 November 2017

Registration deadline

15 December 2017

Abstracts submission deadline

13 September 2017

Notification of acceptance

1 October 2017

Conference registration deadline for all presenters

1 November 2017

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As the world prepares itself for the ‘Future Economy’ and the challenges it will bring, traditional notions of ‘work’, ‘job’ and ‘career’ will have to evolve. While various industries struggle to keep abreast of, and adapt to, the changing economic environment, many are concerned that graduates entering the workforce have not fully embraced that shift. ‘Future Economy’ proficiencies such as critical thinking, adaptability, and data management have been found wanting. Yet, such skills are not easily taught or learnt in the traditional education environment. As such, Applied Learning, heuristically defined as a pedagogy that connects academic knowledge and skills with real world applications in industry and the community, would arguably be the innovative educational approach for this ‘Future Economy’. Through Applied Learning, life-long learners continually develops in-depth domain specific knowledge, industry readiness and transferable skills.

The theme for this inaugural conference is: Applied Learning: Perspectives, Pedagogy and Practice. Organised by SIT, this conference seeks to bring together international and local experts to contribute to the evolving discourse on Applied Learning on various fronts. Firstly, this conference seeks to explore different perspectives, approaches and concepts of Applied Learning, advancing the body of knowledge in academia. Secondly, sharing of the varied application of different pedagogies will be encouraged ensue, thereby contributing significantly to the educational institutions’ repository of teaching and learning. Thirdly, this conference will showcase international best practices in this domain, thus informing the industry and community. As such, the topics deliberated in this conference will include the use of work-based learning (e.g, dual studies, internship and cooperative models); effective pedagogies that empower employment-ready graduates; use of simulations and technology to scaffold learning towards real world application; authentic assessments that evaluate competency required for work, to implementation of industry-focused student projects.

This conference aims to provide insights into the strategic directions universities can take in partnering with industry to develop and conduct a curriculum that trains graduates for future employment. The discussion will challenge the mindsets and distinct roles universities and industry currently play and provoke thoughts towards partnership in promoting lifelong learning. This conference seeks to expand discourse for academics, empower educational institutions, and embolden the industry and community, for the Future Economy.

Areas for discussion include:

  1. Work-based learning
  2. Inquiry-based learning
  3. Simulations and technology for Applied Learning
  4. Project-based learning
  5. Industry-focused capstone projects
  6. Authentic assessments
  7. Measurement of learning outcomes
  8. Continuing education and training
  9. Interdisciplinary integration, and
  10. Service-based learning

Guest of Honour

Dr. Janil Puthucheary

Senior Minister of State
Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Diana Oblinger

Dr. Diana G. Oblinger

President Emeritus

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Keynote Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Henry C.B. Chan

Assoc. Prof. Henry C.B. Chan

Department of Computing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Prof. Kalevi Ekman

Prof. Kalevi Ekman

Founder, Design Factory
Aalto University

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Prof. Dr. Georg Nagler

Prof. Dr. Georg Nagler

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mannheim

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Distinguished Speakers

Mr. David Cheng

Head, Nutrition Innovation Centre, Asia Pacific

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Ms. Goh Seiyi

Director, Talent Management

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Ms. Kang Huey Ling

Principal / Dean
SMRT Institute

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Mr. Khor Boon Hong

Baker Tilly TFW LLP

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Mr. Eddy Lee

Managing Partner
Coffee Ventures

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Mr. Sam Liew

Managing Director

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Dr. Lim Boon Huat

Managing Director
Rohde & Schwarz Asia Pte Ltd

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Assoc. Prof. Erle Lim

Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education)
National University of Singapore

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Prof. Lim Shih Hui

Group Director of Education
Singapore Health Services

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Dr. Ow Chee Chung

Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital

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Assoc. Prof. Lakshminarayanan Samavedham

Fellow of NUS Teaching Academy
National University of Singapore

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Dr. Steven Wong

Association of Information Security Professionals (AiSP)

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