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« Reply #180 on: April 27, 2012, 1:31:27 AM »

Bakunin's last post contains interesting analysis and insightful over-view. Is this a tier-one journal article in the making? I hope so!!!! 
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« Reply #181 on: April 27, 2012, 4:32:12 AM »

Job ad: "In a country steeped in rich traditions, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has put in place major academic reforms which will take it through the 21st Century, encompassing four thrusts of leadership and innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental awareness, and internationalization..." [blah blah]

Only four thrusts?  I think there's some medication for that...
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"Kick ass! If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!"
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« Reply #182 on: April 28, 2012, 10:18:18 AM »

Now that is really being negative... The university professors are tirelessly working to reform and transform the university, research, faculties and even teacher education. There are many constraints that they have to overcome including liberalising first degree education and religious leanings, Islamic education and compulsory Malay Islamic and Brunei (MIB) modules. The Australian model of Master of Teaching has even been improved on so that we can produce master teachers in one year. Besides having professors from Singapore and UK, consultants from Australia, USA and UK are contracted and the Dream Team of leaders are propelling UBD to greater heights and world ranking, sparing no expenses and resources.
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« Reply #183 on: April 28, 2012, 9:25:29 PM »

A couple of years ago UBD was hit by the PBL wave. Lecturers were told not to lecture but to use student-centric approaches. They should see themselves as Facilitators in Problem Based Learning. Class rooms were re-designed from lecture rooms into cafeteria-like set-ups to suit small group discussion. The Leader told his  underlings that they shouldn't require their students to read too many stuffy books and instead increase reliance on exciting IT products and experiential learning.

If anything, all this seems to have had a negative impact on student performance, although that is partially masked by the new requirement of grading courses on a Bell curve. So do we ask what went wrong? Do we learn from the mistake? No, we just give them stronger medicine. After all UBD is run by a medical doctor, a profession that is infamous for its propensity to dig in in the face of contrary evidence and not to admit any errors of judgments.

So now the new medicine is on its way. UBD is about to be hit by the TBL wave. Haven't heard of TBL? There you are! No wonder UBD is stuck in the past with people like you who have never heard of Team Based Learning. But don't worry a remedy is on the way: the advance team had already been dispatched to Singapore to gobble up the wisdoms of TBL (at an appropriately exorbitant course fee) and will no doubt in due time 'cascade' it down to you.

TBL - soon to come at a workshop near you!  
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« Reply #184 on: April 29, 2012, 5:31:21 AM »

TBL had been used before in ubd, eg mib courses and others. The new leaders will refine the processes and ensure real quality TBL. You need to trust the leaders. Have faith and rest assured you'll reap the fruits of your labour. The professors will help everyone.
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« Reply #185 on: April 29, 2012, 6:13:07 AM »

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The new leaders will refine the processes and ensure real quality TBL. You need to trust the leaders. Have faith and rest assured you'll reap the fruits of your labour.

Wongtood is clearly a wise person. I wish there are more people like him in UBD.
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« Reply #186 on: April 29, 2012, 8:32:52 PM »

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So now the new medicine is on its way. UBD is about to be hit by the TBL wave. Haven't heard of TBL? There you are! No wonder UBD is stuck in the past with people like you who have never heard of Team Based Learning. But don't worry a remedy is on the way: the advance team had already been dispatched to Singapore to gobble up the wisdoms of TBL (at an appropriately exorbitant course fee) and will no doubt in due time 'cascade' it down to you.

TBL - soon to come at a workshop near you!   

Problem Based Learning (PBL), Team Based Learning (TBL), Autonomous Learner Model (ALM), Guided Discovery, etc. all came out of business, medical, and law schools and language teaching and were subsequently commercialised as innovative pedagogical strategies. They may have a place in skill-based professional training, but to market them as revolutionary new pedagogical strategies across disciplines is absurd. They show best results when students don't start from scratch but already have knowledge of the subject (as is usually the case in business or medical school) and have an idea of what to look for. Moreover, compared to conventional teaching methods they require more time because students need to figure out themselves what is important in the learning process. AT UBD, however, they were introduced at the same time as overall contact hours in class were reduced (instead of 41 three-hour courses under the previous system, under GenNext students only take 32 three-hour modules to graduate).
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« Reply #187 on: April 29, 2012, 8:45:50 PM »

Did someone actually write about the university's "Dream Team" of leaders? Is this university run by Advertising people or what? Perhaps the Mad Men writers should get over to Brunei and use their knowledge in their scripts?
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« Reply #188 on: April 29, 2012, 8:55:29 PM »

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Is this university run by Advertising people or what?

Not far off the truth - it's run by spin doctors who spin so fast that they have lost the ground under their feet and  lost all sense of reality.
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« Reply #189 on: April 29, 2012, 9:00:54 PM »

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Job ad: "In a country steeped in rich traditions, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) has put in place major academic reforms which will take it through the 21st Century, encompassing four thrusts of leadership and innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental awareness, and internationalization..." [blah blah]

The latest UBD job ads (see quote) have appeared in Times Higher Education and Guardian Education, but I haven't seen them yet in the Chronicle of Higher Education where they usually also appear...  Has the Chronicle lost an advertising customer? Could that have anything to do with this thread?
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« Reply #190 on: May 02, 2012, 7:05:23 AM »

Not to worry John, CHE and UBD do not need each other. The UBD professors have lots of contacts and networks within and outside the country. They can also get around public services and the ministry - the Singapore efficiency model is now here in Brunei. Remunerations and perks are also going to sky-rocket soon.

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« Reply #191 on: May 02, 2012, 7:58:28 AM »

Not to worry John, CHE and UBD do not need each other. The UBD professors have lots of contacts and networks within and outside the country. They can also get around public services and the ministry - the Singapore efficiency model is now here in Brunei. Remunerations and perks are also going to sky-rocket soon.

Will that be in the contract, or is it a matter of "trust us, everyone will soon get a big raise".
 
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« Reply #192 on: May 02, 2012, 9:01:17 AM »

The contacts go right up to the top, rest assured.
 
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« Reply #193 on: May 02, 2012, 7:38:42 PM »

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Not to worry John, CHE and UBD do not need each other. The UBD professors have lots of contacts and networks within and outside the country. They can also get around public services and the ministry - the Singapore efficiency model is now here in Brunei. Remunerations and perks are also going to sky-rocket soon.

UBD is fortunate to have as Special Advisor somebody whose research specialty is the study of 'guanxi' (personal networks). Aren't we all called upon to commercialise our research? How does the latest banner at the campus entrance put it?  "Entrepreneurship in Academia"!
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« Reply #194 on: May 02, 2012, 7:55:04 PM »

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Will that be in the contract, or is it a matter of "trust us, everyone will soon get a big raise".

Contracts are usually only issued a month or two after new faculty arrive, so it's all a matter of trust... or recently, more a matter of mistrust, one has to say.

Incidentally, to avoid any further disappointments, I just want to mention that the latest job ads from UBD are misleading when they state "contract term: permanent". For expats there is no tenure, only three year contracts, although these are renewable - subject to the vicissitudes and imponderables discussed in previous postings.
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