I am an educator and artist. This site is where I showcase my artwork and write personal observations on topics such as education, parenting, art and life in general.
Presently, I am a Senior Education Advisor at the Department of Educational Development (EDU) in Singapore Polytechnic (SP). I lead projects on self-directed learning, student feedback, graduate attributes, multidimensional assessment and education research. I am also assisting on learning analytics and flipped learning projects.
Before transferring to EDU in April 2019, I was the Course Chair for the full-time Diploma in Digital Animation (DDA) at SP’s School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology (now renamed Media, Art and Design School) from 20010 to 2017. I oversaw the design of the diploma program, its curriculum, student and staff development, as well as various aspects of publicity and outreach. I have also supervised final year animation projects and taught modules ranging from History of Animation to Figure Drawing, and Visual Storytelling to 3D Character Animation since joining SP in 2001. I still teach a class or two at MAD School to supplement my role as education advisor. I enjoy being on the ground and “in the trenches” where theory meets practice.
Additionally, I teach the 3D Production course in the BFA program at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media as part-time faculty. I have been doing so since 2010, and am grateful to be able to continue contributing my services to my alma mater.
In 2015, I successfully completed the Master of Education program from the University of Adelaide. During the course I was introduced and became fascinated with the concept of “neuroplasticity“ especially in the area of education and how it relates to effective student learning. I am still intrigued by how and why students learn (or don’t learn) in our fast-paced information-overloading distracting world, and what we can do to enhance the process. I wish to do more readings and research in these topics and hope to share some of my thoughts here.
Prior to that, I had also obtained a Master of Arts in 3D Computer Animation (Distinction) from NCCA Bournemouth University, UK in 2006. A major highlight from my time there was getting my 3D animated short film screened at a new talent showcase at Aardman Studios in Bristol. I got to walk around a section of the iconic building and ogle the Wallace and Gromit props and sets on display.
My other significant achievements:
- Designed and supervised the creation of the M.A.D. (Media, Art, Design) Studios – the signature home-based studio concept – for SP’s DDA and Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics (DVEMG) students in 2012.
- Appointed Student Volunteers Chair at the SIGGRAPH Asia international computer graphics conferences in 2008 and 2011.
- Received the SP Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.
I am a visual person and love to draw ever since I was a kid. I was that quiet student in the corner sketching instead of talking or causing a ruckus when there was no classwork to be done or the teacher was not around. I count myself lucky to have grown up on a rich diet of comics (mainly Marvel with a healthy serving of DC) and cartoons (e.g. Blocker Corp Machine Blaster, Looney Tunes, Wacky Races, Superfriends, Transformers, Visionaries), as well as a wide range of live-action TV shows (e.g. Electric Company, Ultraman, Captain Scarlet, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, MacGyver, Wild Wild West, Remington Steele, V, Murder She Wrote, X-Files).
I still draw inspiration from my past and try to soak in as much as I can of the present, because I believe we never stop learning. I also believe in living life in moderation.
Unfortunately, I can often be blunt, critical and quite the perfectionist. But I would like to think that I am often fair, honest and always have the best of intentions at heart. And I am constantly grappling with procrastination and cynicism!
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