WORKSHOP: Develop Good Thinking

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Develop Good Thinking:
A whole curriculum approach

6th-7th April 2014
CTL Workshop, UTMLead


This workshop provides a complete and practical approach to integrating, teaching & assessing good thinking (e.g., critical, creative &
metacognitive) in any curriculum area. It has been developed from over 7 years of applied research in promoting thinking throughout the
curriculum in a wide variety of educational sectors and cultural contexts.
Participants will learn how to write learning outcomes which incorporate specific types of thinking, conduct lessons that develop skill in
types of thinking, and design performance-based assessment items to assess thinking. The specific learning outcomes include:
• Identify the role of thinking in learning
• Identify specific types of thinking
• Model good thinking
• Write learning outcomes to incorporate types of thinking
• Evaluate instructional strategies to promote types of thinking
• Design learning tasks to promote types of thinking
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About main Speaker


Mr Dennis Sale is currently the Senior Education Advisor at
Singapore Polytechnic (SP). His main role is providing strategic
leadership and practical implementation of staff development in
curriculum design, teaching and assessment to the various
schools and departments at SP. He has also lead a variety of
consultancy projects which impact the direction of polytechnic
education including the development of a Learning Framework
(incorporating a Creative Teaching Model) for SP, implementation
of SP’s CDIO Engineering Education Framework, designing and
implementing SP’s ‘Thinking Curriculum’ which promotes critical
and creative thinking. Apart from consultancy works, he has also
been invited to conduct numerous training workshops to a wide
range of educational institutions in several countries mainly on
thinking skills and curriculum development.
His main areas of research include *Curriculum development*,
*Creative teaching *and* Blended learning* and for the past 10
years, he has developed original frameworks in these aspects
which have been implemented in many educational institutions in
Singapore and elsewhere in the Asian region. He has published
numerous papers related to T&L, thinking skills and curriculum
development. He has recently (in early 2013) published a book
entitled “The Challenge of Reframing Engineering Education”
which incorporates his vast knowledge and experiences in this
He is also serving as an external assessor to the Ministry of
Education in Singapore, part time lecturer to the National Institute
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Senior Director Speech

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Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to you and thanking you for taking some of your time visiting our portal. I sincerely hope that this portal will provide a platform in enhancing your own teaching and improving your students’ learning. The quality of teaching and learning in universities has received much attention over the past decades and there has been much debate about what methods of teaching help to encourage and provide effective learning. We therefore need to realize that teaching is not just about creating and imparting large amounts of content.

It is also not just about designing different teaching methods. But rather we need to provide creative and innovative learning experiences for our students. Change is happening so fast that we need to teach students how to think and how to learn. Students should also be taught how to be creative and innovative individuals.

In meeting the challenge of preparing students for the future roles in the society, UTM is faced with the task of rethinking curriculum, delivery medium and assessment methods. The design and development of effective educational materials should therefore be undertaken by lecturers who are familiar with their students and classroom environment. One useful approach to deliver the content is the use of case-based examples. This approach should be incorporated in the teaching and learning activities and take into account cases in local settings. The next generation learners are highly accustomed to new and evolving technologies. Therefore, lecturers also need to equip themselves with new and state-of-the-art technologies for teaching and learning.

– Prof. Dr. Mohd Salleh Abu

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