[So this is the formal story about my life. For the informal story, talk to me...]
I am an instructional designer, learning designer, depending on which camp you are with and how you perceive the design of learning and instruction.
A multifaceted border-crosser, or some may say, a hybrid person; a highly intuitive, self-regulated and self-directed learner. I speak a few languages; English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and some American Sign Language.
Not knowing what I know now, I spent a substantial number of years in formal learning, merrily accumulating the following degrees:
:: Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore, majoring in English Language and Sociology.
:: I taught for many years in Singapore after completing teacher preparation training at the National Institute of Education/Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, for which I earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education.
:: I spent a considerable amount of time in Syracuse, New York. During these years, I worked and studied full-time to complete a Master of Science, a Certificate of Advanced Study and a Doctor of Philosophy, all with an emphasis in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, from Syracuse University. My dissertation study focused on the design of healthcare instruction.
Growing up in a multicultural society, I became interested in crossing boundaries and cultures from young. I am thus passionate about crafting instruction across fields, disciplines and cultures to support quality learning and engagement. In 2013, I received training on “The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning” and “Visible Thinking” with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This training transformed my perspective towards teaching. I am excited about building a culture of thinking across disciplines in schools.
In this blog, I write about a few special interests:
- access and quality matters about learning design and education, especially online learning
- learning in zones of change, hybrid/intersectional/liminal spaces
- creativity and arts integration
Life cannot be planned down to the last detail; the same with blogging. I will sometimes write about my observations and reflections on life as it unfolds!
I love learning and am grateful for the opportunities I have been offered. I feel most alive when I'm learning new things and exploring new territories. I hope to use all my education and professional experience to design, conduct research and teach to help people reach their full potential.
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