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Replicating Myself

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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Replicating Myself

I’ve found a way to replicate myself.

No. I’m not talking about weird science or witchcraft.

Flipped learning

Flipped learning was widely adopted in 2000. Lage, Platt and Treglia wrote in their paper where by getting learners to read up before class, lecturers can then use the class time for discussion or application of learning.

It is an attractive proposition in theory.

However, educators here, including myself, face difficulties implementing it.

In the implementation of Home-Based Learning during the Circuit Breaker, the Ministry of Education loaned out some 12,500 devices to students without access to learning devices.

From my interactions with schools, some students needed more than learning devices. Some schools bought headsets for their students. Others chairs and tables. Well, there are some with first-world problems.

The solution

Challenges with flipped learning isn’t confined to children. Adult learners face similar issues.

In my upcoming virtual seminars for School Staff Developers, I will be replicating myself in the following way.

  • Pre-recorded sessions: Segments of pre-recorded sessions will be played during the seminars. During the time, online polls and questions will be presented to the participants for their responses. Doing so allows me to effectively replicate myself.
  • Additional elearning sessions: Not all participants have similar experiences in their roles as School Staff Developers, hence additional elearning sessions are provided for their reference. This allows them to review the content as many times as they wish at their own pace.

The idea of “work hard once, then automate” is enticing.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.