Title: Business as Usual

Group Name: Table Three (Michelle Koh, Siti Muslehat, Seah-Liang Shi Ping, Preetam)


This model tries to explain why the traditional school model will still be successful in the future. We are proposing that while schools become more nimble in terms of updating their teaching models and actual content they teach, they will still follow the time tested traditional methodology and give a lot of emphasis to class-work, assignment and testing.

Schools will still be attracting the bulk of funding. They will be the most favorable platform for the state to shape the citizens. They will continue to invest in subjects that the industry may ignore chasing profitability. They will also lead research and produce ideas for the long term. Updated schools building will continue to provide a safe and conducive environment for the sharing of ideas under an enlightened and guided pathway.

Attitudes, expectations, political support
  • Public is confused as to where to go with commercial open courses so they still need a central authority to decide for them.
  • Employers are wary of multiple certificates from so many different sources and they prefer a established organizations to provide a comprehensive certificate.
  • Governments still feel they can control a central educational entity versus multiple independent institutes. Easier to fund a large central body.

Goals, functions, equity
  • Schools provide the best basic and specialized education. Train people for employability.
  • Schools can guarantee the best teaching materials and teaching staff
  • Schools can guarantee that the industrial partners for industrial attachment are vetted through
  • Spearhead research in emerging areas that new profit driven learning companies may not be willing to invest in.

Organisations and structures
  • Schools will still be housed in a central monolithic campuses as they work well administratively.
  • Society will always have more faith in qualified, learned and accomplished people running a learning organisation.
  • Systems, workflows and the finances are audited by a competent authority to ensure efficient and fair operation.

The geo-political dimension
  • Centralized educational institutes are used by governments as a foreign policy tool with schools offering a non-politicial networking platform to partner countries.
  • Traditional campuses are still attractive to overseas students as they provide financial aid, accommodation and other support. Commercial organization are profit driven.

The teaching force
  • Offers opportunities to educators in the forms of projects they pitch to companies and organisations for fundings. The school is a trustable agent for industry
  • Industry participates by allowing their employees to participate in learning activities. Again schools vet and guarantee the quality.
  • Schools guarantee the quality of teachers by constantly sponsoring their trainings


Schools as we know them now will continue to be the centre piece of education. They will surely adopt technologies, accept realities and evolve but the main structure and form will remain. The emphasis will still be on imparting strong fundamentals to students and prepare them for the workspace.

We agree that multiple options will be available to the students in the form of short, online and industry supported courses and programs but we think that these options will make the educational environment more complex. Students will find it hard to connect the loose pieces and employers will still want some form of accreditation they can trust and is neutral. In their quest for profitability the market driven education will concentrate on near term. Schools will be the ideal place to train students for the long term with not just specific market skills but also liberal arts, humanities and enterprise. This will prepare students who are able to better adapt to changes.

News Stories

The e-Logbook

By Siti Muslehat , The Nursing Journal August 2015

No student nurse ever forget the logbook but today’s nursing students including Jenny is flouting this rule. Why is Jenny so confident? It is because she now carries a Smart Pbone that has the logbook contents. Yes, no more paper Log Books! Check the student nurses’ pockets and you will see each with a Smart Phone! Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) who developed the e-logbook software had pioneered the use of e-logbook using the iPod Touch since 2010. The e-logbook keeps a record of the student nurses’ clinical skills done during their clinical attachment. The record of the clinical skills will be required for future reference. The clinical skills records are easily retrievable as it sits in the main database server. The e-logbook has just been standardized and used across all the nursing institutions in Singapore. NP is leading the team of nursing schools to centralize the database so that the clinical skills records can be easily retrievable from anywhere in the world! The schools are moving to paperless records.

Teachers and students sign eMOU with China in the development of vaccine against Cancer.

Reported by Michelle Koh. The Mobile News, 28 Feb 2020

Avatar James Claridge leapt with joy as he shared about his upcoming radical project with China in the development of vaccine against Cancer. This shift marks a historical moment where teachers and students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic has the opportunity to work collaboratively with the second largest pharmaceutical company in China on the development of a vaccine for the top hit cause of death, Cancer. The contributions of the students will be assessed under one of the final year project module of Pharmaceutical Sciences.The project involves students working on their assignment and submission via Facebook. Facebook has since emerged as the most popular Blackboard equivalent. Both the Educators and students corresponded with the Principal Investigators in China via Skype and Secondlife on a weekly basis. They tapped on a rich network of expertise from all over the countries.Both students and teachers do not meet up face to face. James no longer needs to spend time travelling to and fro school. Most of the discussion and work are generated at students’ own pace in their own comfy environment. Teachers play the role of facilitators and students drive the whole project. Students determine the objectives, timeline, assignments and assessment methods. The assessments take a radical shift. The students’ works are evaluated by the experts within the network. Teachers serve primarily as Advisors and moderators.

Water project with Gobi School

By AP Science Correspondent Liang Shi Ping, August 2025

A group of four students from Alpha primary school in Singapore have successfully completed a project with students from Gobi School in China. The project was on how to extract water from desert air. After consulting experts from Hyflux Company in Canada, Nikko Company in Japan and Shui Company in China, the students from Singapore built and tested the water extractor in their school’s simulated desert in lab. The components required were flown in from a few parts of the world such as Congo and Vietnam within two days of order through Skype. To test it in ‘real’ desert environment, the students in Gobi school collaborated with Singapore school through internet and got it built in one day and carried out the test in another day. It was successful and the idea was sold to XRichX Company in China after the idea was posted in internet and it was offered the highest bid by this company. The profit was shared by the students in both countries. They celebrated it by having virtual party from home. They planned to work on another project soon.

Students develop a model for evaluating expertise chips

Special innovation reporter Preetam Rai for Google News, September 06, 2030

@jimmy34 and @sara31 helped develop a new model for analyzing expertise chips. Since the ban on expertise chips or brain chips as they are popularly known was lifted n 2028, several companies have created this skill and knowledge enhancing prosthetic for the general public. While the safety implication have largely been addressed with the Joint Chinese-American FCC approving it for general use, the challenge has always been to figure out how customers evaluate these brain add-ons. Academia have stepped in to provide a neutral framework as they feel they have been in this business the longest.

@jimmy34 and @sara31 from @NgeeAnnPoly in the Federation of South East Asian Nations collaborated with @zohann32 from @PontificiaUniversidaddelPerú who built the analysis engine. They came up this model as they were able to tap on to 50 years of skills assessment data that they had locked in their learning management system. The students cite this is an advantage over other models as their algorithms were able to match outcomes produced by brain chip to the historical data.

Blackboard Intellectual Ventures that holds intellectual property rights for the now defunct system has said they will initiate legal action against the inventors as they have used system's in built tool for the analysis. The legal agent of @NgeeAnnPoly based in Manila was confident of settling with Blackboard on a revenue share model.