Plenary Speaker

Wong Yue Kee, PhD

SIM University, Singapore


Prof. YueKee WONG is the Vice President for Learning Services at SIM University (UniSIM), Singapore. He is responsible for teaching and learning services at the University directing various initiatives in eLearning. He oversees the Learning Services cluster which includes the content production department, the learning systems and applications department, as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning. A Colombo Plan Scholar, he completed his graduate studies in the US with a MA (Decision Sciences) from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD (Information Systems) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He has held academic appointments at the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University before joining SIM University in 2011. Prof. Wong is active in the development of eLearning strategies at the various Universities where he has held administrative appointments.


Title: Enhanced Digital Content: Changing Landscapes for Teaching and Learning

Presenter: Wong Yue Kee

Two years ago, as part of the our overall strategy to provide flexible learning support for our working students, UniSIM embarked on a comprehensive plan to provide digitized learning content for our students. The plan was to provide digital editions of our print textbooks and print study guides starting with 50 courses in July 2013, and progressively scaling up the availability of these study materials to cover most courses across four schools. These digital editions will be systematically improved over time and will be developed into full interactive elearning materials. That was the plan...

In this session, we will review the challenges and the lessons learnt as we embarked on this initiative. What started with a seemingly straightforward idea became a challenge of sorts with multiple impacts on various stakeholders - the University, the publishers, the authors, the instructors, the students, the technologists, and even the futurists. There are issues of production and distribution choices, adoption and redemption realities, technical challenges and the limitations of standards, pedagogies and the changing landscape for teaching and learning. The chapter is not closed yet, and we are still on our journey, but we are convinced that it is a worthwhile journey albeit a disruptive one.