Topic: Learner Engagement - More Than Just Fun (29 April 2021)


Panel Members:

  • Dr. Bi Xiaofang, Senior Researcher, Institute for Adult Learning (IAL)
  • Dr. Daniel Seah, Law Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
  • Mr. Pambudi Sunarsihanto, Human Resources Director, Blue Bird Group



  • Dr. Parveen Sandhu, Learning Specialist, Surge Consulting



The inexorable adoption of online learning has only been accelerated by the events of the past year. But despite enjoying a great deal of support, a key issue remains — engaging learners is proving to be challenging, with learners feeling isolated from the trainers and other learners. Online learning is not going anywhere, so the challenge for all Adult Educators is how to increase engagement and learning retention, while reducing isolation and dropout rates.

In this innovLogue session, Learner Engagement More Than Just Fun, our panel of experts will lead a discussion on the topic, bridging the latest research with on-the-ground practices. Drawing on the breadth of knowledge and insights of speakers from different areas, academic and industrial, innovLogue aims to raise the bar on learner engagement in the pursuit of better learning outcomes for all.


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Topic: The Digital Educator of the Future (25 March 2021)


Panel Members:

  • Dr. Rebekah Lim Wei Ying, Associate Professor and Director of the Teaching & Learning Centre, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
  • Mr. Sheng Yee Zher, Principal Researcher, Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore
  • Ms. Loh Ley Ley, Managing Partner, Skye
  • Mr. John Phua, Managing Partner, Skye



While the CET industry was already on a gradual path to adopt new e-learning methods, the emergence of COVID-19 has accelerated the process and thrust the sector into a world of remote meetings and Zoom lessons. In adapting to the new learning landscape, much of our focus has been on technical tools to ensure learning efficacy and learner engagement. Now we turn our attention to another vital component of the learning equation — the educator of this new digital space.

Who is this future digital educator? What are the additional skills needed and the personal qualities that make him or her an effective trainer? We explore these and other vital aspects of the TAE professional in our innovLogue discussion, The New (Digital) Educator: Profile, Disposition, Competencies, with a panel of researchers and industry experts to share their perspectives and address vital questions.


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Topic: Work And Learning: The New Normal (21 July 2020)

Panel Members:
  • Professor Stephen Billett, Professor of Adult and Vocational Education, Griffith University
  • Mr Goh Dilong, Managing Director, Giantech Engineering Pte Ltd
  • Mr Yong Wui Chiang, VP, IHH Healthcare Berhad & CEO, Parkway College
  • Dr Renee Tan, Centre Director, Centre for Innovation and Development, IAL
In the aftermath of COVID-19, there has been a huge push to move to online operations wherever possible and reduce onsite staff participation. How has work and learning been affected? What will the benefits and drawbacks be, as we navigate the new work and learning landscapes? As part of the SkillsFuture month, IAL and Griffith University present a panel of experts who discuss changes to work, workplaces and learning provisions to continue supporting workers' learning and development in the post COVID world of work and learning.

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Topic: Motivation for Learning and the Growth Mindset (27 April 2018)

Presenter: Associate Professor Nie Youyan
Panel Speakers: Ms Patsian Low, Ms Lori Figueiredo, Dr Parveen Sandhu (Panel Moderator)
Synopsis: It is widely recognised that lifelong learning is key to Singapore's economic viability in the 21st century. Many courses and programmes have been launched to help working adults pursue their continuing education. Financial and other types of support were offered at various levels. Institutions have tried to redesign their courses to address adult learners' needs such as incorporating it into bite-sized units, flexible schedules and locations. However, are these the main factors related to their intention to enrol in the courses? The session revealed the recent research findings showing that one's internal growth mindset is an even stronger predictor in addition to these types of external support. There were also engagements with the expert panel on the implications of this for Adult Educators, course designers and policy advisors.

Topic: Future of Work and Its Implications for the Training and Adult Education Sector (19 January 2018)

Presenter: Mr Darryl Parrant
Panel Speakers: Mr Lee Wee Chee, Mr Simon Freebody, Mr Daryl Lim (Panel Moderator)
Synopsis: Workplace automation, including the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, is expected to surge in the next three years in companies throughout the Asia Pacific. Are companies and HR functions fully prepared to address the organisational change requirements related to automation, or the opportunities offered by a larger contingent talent pool? Results from the recent Willis Towers Watson Global Future of Work Survey showcase the insights from leading industry advisory and workforce capability professionals, researchers and AE capability developers.