When I was fourteen, Mr John Lee, my tuition teacher told me that my command of English was that of a five-year old! Apart from a dented ego, I had to come to terms that either I learn to improve my command of English or sink!
Are you into sci-fi? Have you watched "Back to the future"? How much do you remember about the plot? Take the challenge, complete this quiz! Watch this space for the answer in the next posting. Enjoy!
The New York Times reported recently that the University of Texas System may be having second thoughts about its foray into the realm of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). There are three major concerns that were raised: The completion rate of MOOCs offered has been languishing between one to 13 %; Majority of the learners … Continue reading Low completion: a killer of MOOCs?
Input-centric education decisions have been hampering the advance of Malaysian learners.
In late September 2014 I was chatting with a former colleague, WC who is a young chap working on his MBA project. Our Facebook conversation revolved around WC’s studies which led to his asking me to help him with the statistical analysis of his MBA project which I consented. One thing I knew I would … Continue reading Knowledge: use it or risk losing it
In the previous article, I covered the importance for learners to know the syllabus of each subject that they are taking in what I termed “knowing your enemy” to achieve “smart learning”. This article digs deeper into knowing your other enemy, the dreaded examination. I have passed every single academic examination in my long study … Continue reading How to pass every exam that you take
I studied over eight years at university which is much longer than most people. As a result I am often being introduced by former schoolmates and college mates as “he who likes to study” to their friends, offsprings and spouses. Naturally, I do get lots of requests from every corner for advice on “how to … Continue reading Smart learning to conquer exam blues
I was one of the "guinea pigs" of Queen's University of Belfast in 1985 when along with 5 others from the Class of 1985, I was awarded a scholarship to be the pioneer batch of Master of Science students in the newly minted Biotechnology programme. A lot the then state-of-the-art knowledge that I was imparted … Continue reading A great way to learn about genetics & how it affects you
This is the original article (unedited) on MOOC that was published in Focus Malaysia on June 08, 2013. It was written under the name of Plantcloner, the moniker used by Dr. YN Chow who had a column with Focus Malaysia for a stint. The published article's title was, "What is going on in the revolutionary … Continue reading What’s going on in MOOC world?