Archive for July, 2014

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    By Thomas NgJuly 27, 2014

    Up Open University’s Online Systems Disrupted Due to Glenda (Rammasun)

    Such natural disasters are very tragic and disruptive. This article (click here) talks about a typhoon taking down a prominent online learning system. It is tempting to say that online learning is vulnerable and unreliable. But a bad storm could wipe a physical education institution, or even a whole town, which could take years to recover. Nevertheless, […]

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    By Thomas NgJuly 19, 2014

    Singapore Minister for Manpower Talks About Genashtim

    Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower talks about Genashtim at the Adult Learning Symposium 2014 titled Transforming CET: Innovation in Workplace Practice and Learning.

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    By Thomas NgJuly 18, 2014

    Job seekers with A in SPM English but can’t speak a word of It

    This rather interesting article on 26th June 2014 (The Malaysian Insider) has 3 key points:-1. Graduates with distinction in English, cannot speak the language2. The sorrows of the education system in Malaysia3. The attitude of the Generation Y I think much has been said about the sorrows of the education system in Malaysia, and I […]

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    By Thomas NgJuly 12, 2014

    The Future of Universities the Digital Degree

    This recent article in The Economist explains the status of an industry which has failed to evolve for too long. It is really quite mind boggling that today, education is largely delivered in the same way as it was in the industrial revolution. In fact the article says that is has barely changed for centuries. It […]

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    By Thomas NgJuly 4, 2014

    Native Speakers

    I am rather perplexed at the fixation most educated intellectual people have regarding trying to learn a language from native speakers. Firstly, native speakers are not necessarily the best teachers of their language. This is because most of them are probably monolingual, which means they have never learnt to speak a second language. Hence they […]