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Introduction
Academic Culture eModule
Academic Culture
SSM1205 eModule
The Nation's Health:
Lessons from SARS
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"Making of SSM1205" video
Paper on SSM1205 was presented at the ED-MEDIA World Conference 2004
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The E-Learning mode of instruction gives you the opportunity to use the features and benefits of technology as a catalyst in teaching. We welcome you to consider the development of eModules that utilize interactive multimedia and the Internet as a medium to actively engage your students on various subjects. These eModules can be designed either to be taken totally online or in a blended learning environment.

Although the first eModule “SSM1205 - The Nation’s Health: Lessons from SARS” was primarily for dissemination of information, its implementation has given us a tested precedent to work with and to learn from. It is an opportunity that enables us to further understand and evaluate pedagogic design for E-Learning in a campus-based university such as ours. We are also encouraged from the positive response to E-Learning based on the feedback received from our students. The NUS eModule Initiative aspires to give you the platform in using E-Learning not just for web-based delivery of lectures or as a digital repository of documents but instead to rethink teaching strategies for online instruction.

Keeping this in mind, here are some objectives of the initiative for your consideration:

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To provide active learning environments where instructional technology add-ons are best exploited in creating dynamic module content

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To create more opportunities for lecturer-student and peer-to-peer interaction

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To bring in a new pedagogic strategy of blended learning which would enable both educators and learners to better analyze, reinforce & assimilate information pertaining to the subject

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To capture and retain a good amount of tacit and explicit data about the subject from the content experts

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To serve as a repository of knowledge that can be revisited and reused infinitely by the learners without the lecturer having to take extra time in addressing factual theories

Along with these objectives are various reasons to create eModules that may be applicable for your subject:

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Students tend to forget fundamentals

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Valuable teaching time is spent on revising old content

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Prerequisites are often not recollected when taking an advanced module

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Lecturers feel the lack of time in engaging the students interactively

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A lot of effort is exhausted on de-constructing knowledge

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Difficulty in explaining concepts to a varied audience

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Students may not respond in class due to fear of embarrassment but may prefer to correspond online or anonymously

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Majority of lecture activity revolves around taking notes

E-Learning is not about making educators obsolete but more as a channel for you to take advantage of web-based instructional models. You have our full support as we work towards improving the educational offerings to our students and we look forward to your endorsement. Please do browse the other pages on this website as well and let us know your thoughts.

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