From March 10th to March 11th, Doctor Sia, an educator from Malaysia came to the College to do workshop on self-motivation, employment skills and EPIC teaching skills. The Programme Director Katherine presided over the lectures, and more than 100 teachers and students attended the workshop.
The workshop covered self-motivational tips, graduates’ employment skills, learning with natural abilities and teaching students with EPIC. “The key message on motivation was about understanding that motivation derives from the spirit (why we are doing what we are doing--the purpose)” said Doctor Sia. Inspiring students to find their motivation for success in life, Dr Sia also shared her personal stories and events on how she had to change her perception, to get from an average student to a doctorate student. The workshop touches on the much-needed skills employers look for in employees, and how undergraduates can optimize their experience to build these skills. The skills needed for employability include communication, analytical, creativity, attention to details adaptability, tenacity, collaboration, entrepreneurism, diplomacy, negotiation skills. The workshop then helps students to identify their natural or preference in learning whether they are Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic learners and how each preference applies to their reading, understanding and retaining.
Using EPIC which stands for Experiential-Participatory-Image-Driven -Connectedness, Dr. Sia expounds on each concept and approach. Key words to the teaching pedagogy are openness, creativity, innovative, real-life application, and connectedness. She emphasized the needs of current students to want to be connected with the subject matter and the lecturer.