Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Future@MeL Forum

@ Ngee Ann Polytechnic LT26, 2008 August 13.

(i) How IHLS Can Prepare Students for Globalised Workforce (by Bob Chua)

Key Points...

(a) Landscape 2018

  • Retirement of baby boomers
  • Declining birth rate
  • Global citizen, global market
  • Immersive technology
  • Note: Generation X is a term used to describe generations in many countries around the world born from 1965 to around 1980. Generation Y is the generation following Generation X, especially people born in western culture from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. The generation is also alternatively defined as the children of the Baby Boomer generation. Generation Z is the generation of people living in Western or First World cultures that follows Generation Y. Experts differ on when the earliest members of Generation Z were born, ranging from 1990 to 2001.

These lead to Generate Shift & Structure Shift

(b) Computers are no longer location-based...

  • So... it's not just availability, but it's anytime, anywhere... which allows collaborative & participative work through the network
  • Our urge... the need to be connected (eg. a typical behaviour: passengers start switching on handphones once the plane has landed)
  • Singapore Vision 2018

(c) "Super-Graduates" / "Millenial Graduates"

  • Descriptions of Millenial Graduates (CERI, The Millenial Generation)
  • Characteristics of these graduates: Technology-savvy; High IQ, EQ, SQ (social quotient); Competitive; Mobile & Travelled; Highly ambitious; Social entrepreneur
  • For work, they ask for different level/kinds of incentive
  • To attract these people, MNCs will need have unique mission and have creative work spaces
  • To select the right candidates, different forms of 'entrance test' are used...
  • Examples (i) Through dinners - look for social skills (ii) Through playing lego bricks - team players; logical thinking (iii) Scenario - observation and analytical skills, keeping a cool mind in chaos (iv) Games at Casino - interests and ability to trick others; ability to remind clear minded over long hours.
  • A new term: Something not quite clear: Is social quotient equivalent to social IQ? Hm... how it is related to social intelligence?
  • The 21st Century at Work: Force Shaping the Future Workforce and Workplace in the United States (download PDF)
  • Attributes of "Millenial Graduates": Must be adaptable (changes in technology as well as product demand); Lifelong Learning; Non-routine cognitive skills (abstract reasoning; innovative problem solving; P2P communication; Collaboration); Culture adaptability; Contrarian Minds
  • Contrarian Minds define a person who expresses an contradicting view point, especially one who denounces the majority persuasion (Wikitionary)

(d) Workplace of 2018

  • Alcoves: Architected to meet the millenials tastes adn senses; colours, water, light; Soothing, creative; Encounter locations
  • Mentors: Support & groom; Knowledge transfer; Quick take-off
  • Transform: Ideas; Projects; Results

(ii) Disruptive Innovation & Creation of Social Learner Ecosystem (by Jeremy B Williams)
Downloadable presentation slide

Vision of Students Today

source: Digital Ethnography (Kanas State University, Oct 12th, 2007)

Points to ponder...

(a) In today's context, does having a good qualification wonder a good job?

(b) Does the increasing accessibility to technology come with a promise of flexibility to deliver?

(c) Online learning is not about transplanting Face-2-Face model... but...???

Other points...

  • Horizontalization of learning: a shift in our a view of knowledge communication that emphasizes less the vertical relationship between a producer and a recipient and more horizontal interactions required for the negotiation of mutual relevance
  • (e-)Learning should be interactive, flexible and "ready to go"
  • Constructivism in a digital age: (i) Building and thinking > Learning > Sharing > Building > ... (ii) Deep learning can occur as the learner is actively engaged in, operating upon or mentally processing (iii) significantly, the student is both consumer and producer of information
  • Refer to powerpoint slides (
  • eduFIRE - Live video language Learning (

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