Teaching

Instructor, Department of Philosophy, NUS (2019 – Present)

(1) GEI1001/GET1050 “Computational Reasoning” – Module Coordinator / Instructor (2019 – Present)
– Recipient of the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (FTEA) for teaching excellence for this module in AY2019/2020 and AY2021/2022.
– Consistently high student feedback scores for the module, myself as the lecturer, and for all my TAs
– Succeeded in implementing many teaching interventions/innovations to enhance learning and students’ self-trust to apply their learning to the working world. Presented many of these discoveries in talks and conferences in Singapore, and as articles and videos to Times Higher Education.

(2) UTOA2001PH “Undergraduate Teaching Opportunities Programme” – Module Coordinator / Supervisor (2022 – Present)
– There are two tracks: (1) Teaching track: where I train students to teach in a university setting as undergraduate Teaching Assistants; and (2) Learning Design track: where I train students to design and develop learning activities and how to conduct education research to evaluate the efficacy of these activities.
– Trained 17 undergraduates, and about 60% of them have received excellent teaching evaluation ratings that exceed the department average. About 30% of them receive very excellent evaluations of 4.5 and above.
– The success of my TA training has led to an increased collaboration with the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, where I helped to improve their foundation and intermediate TA training programmes for the university.

(3) DMA1401PH “Computational Reasoning in the Corporate World” – Module Coordinator / Supervisor (2021-2022)
– Successfully placed 19 students in coding/data analysis-related internships in companies such as Azendian, Henkel, National Museum of Singapore, and World Scientific; while mentoring and supervising them on professional-development matters.
– Been using this initiative to shape employer perception about FASS students, most particularly in my outreach efforts to convince them to hire FASS student interns for technical roles (for which they are rarely hired for). I have also been using the success of the internship module to reinforce the perception in students past, present, and future on the importance of interdisciplinary learning.
– This initiative has been featuerd by the NUS President’s Office in a book collecting universities’ approach to preparing students for the future, under the Global Future Skills Project led by The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

(4) DMA1402PH “Confucianism in the Modern World” Module Coordinator / Instructor (2022)
– 3 of my students did exceedingly well that they received the Maih Lan Ying Confucianism Scholarship from the Nanyang Confucian Association

(5) The Professional Certificate in Human and Automated Managerial Skills (Executive Education)– Lead Facilitator (2020-2022)
– This Professional Certificate programme was chosen by NUS to be a compulsory core requirement for learners enrolled under the SGUnited Skills Programme, which was a programme initiated by the government to help unemployed learners to upskill to a newer industry.
– Conducted the course 13x times for three different upskilling programmes in NUS and generated a total revenue of approximately $1.8m ($3400 per learner) from this endeavour.

(6) CR001x “Computational Reasoning with Microsoft Excel” on edX – Instructor (2022 – Present)
– Received the LIFT Grant of S$13,480 to develop GET1050 into an EdX MOOC, which was launched on 1 Jan 2022.
– As of 7 Jan 2023, we have a total of 2706 enrolments, with 74 students on the paid track, generating a total revenue of approximately SGD$10,000. Of the 74 paid track learners, 30 have completed the course to receive certification, thus giving us a completion rate of 40%, which is much higher than most MOOCs that experience a completion rate of around 5-15%.

(7) PH8000 “How to Achieve a More Meaningful Life with Philosophy” (Executive Education) – Lead Facilitator (2022 – Present)
– This is a collaboration between NUS and the National Silver Academy to offer philosophy courses to the elderly and alumni of NUS.

(8) NHS4911P Independent Study Module – Supervisor (2022)
– Supervisor to a Political Science major under the University Scholars’ Programme, on the topic of “Rethinking Election Prediction Models Based on Social Media Data: The Growing Concern of Fake Accounts and Inauthentic Activity.”

(9) PH2301 “Classical Chinese Philosophy I” – Co-instructor (2023 – Present)

Teaching Assistant, Office of the Senior Deputy President and Provost (General Education Unit), NUS (2016 – 2019)

(1) GET1031A “Computational Thinking” – Teaching Assistant (2018-2019).
– A compulsory interdisciplinary module for all Year 1 Arts and Social Science students to be equipped with the problem-solving skills of computational thinking.

(2) GEQ1000 “Asking Questions” – Teaching Assistant (2017-2019).
– A compulsory interdisciplinary module for all Year 1 students regardless of their major, equipping them with a multidisciplinary set of questioning skills.

Outreach Programmes to Schools in Singapore (Lectures & Workshops)

2022: “The Complex Stumbling Blocks to Tackling Climate Change” (Sec 2, Raffles Institution)

2022: “Philosophical Applications in the Real World” (Sec 2, Raffles Institution)

2022: “Philosophical Issues in Data Analytics and Machine Learning” (Sec 3, Raffles Institution)

2017: “How to Spot and Avoid Errors in Reasoning” (Sec 1, School of Science and Technology)

2016: “Philosophy in the Real World” (Sec 4, Raffles Institution)

2016: “Introduction to Logic” (Sec 2-3, School of Science and Technology)

2015: “Introduction to Ethics” (Sec 1, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School)

2015: “The Philosophy of Boredom – Issues in Personal Identity and Meaning in Life” (Sec 1, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School)

2015: “What is Technology? What should it be?” (Sec 2-3, School of Science and Technology)

2015: “Complexity in the Development of Technology” (Sec 2-3, School of Science and Technology)