Thursday, December 18, 2008

Paul Chan's Email

It has been some time since I checked my emails, what with training sessions this week and all, but when I did managed to, this email dated December 17, 2008 from Dr. Paul Chan regarding the organization of the Open Day & Career Fair was most enlightening:

"Victor and all,
We recognize the focus, priority and tenacity you and your team demonstrated. I observe how you all work and I am glad that you are functioning as teams, not groups of individuals. Always keep in mind that matrix management and project leadership work somewhat differently from the conventional hierarchical model. This is mostly vertical whereas the other is more horizontal. Power and authority are somewhat distributed differently. When we understand this then there will be no conflicts during execution. Good luck to your recruitment. Paul"

While we can take comfort from his words of encouragement, I cannot deny that my job has barely begun - I must focus on bringing in the ADP student numbers...

Today, is the last day of a 3-day training session that I have attended this week, but this time, the topic was on "Learning Strategies and Psychology of the Learners" facilitated by Audrey "Experiential English" Boudville from HUC's Department of English Intensive Programme. Unlike Tuesday, where we saw the participation of only 10 staffers, today, 25 faculty members came. And from HICT, there are already 6 of us, with Arulkumar from Pre-University joining us for the very first time. With a big group such as this, today's session is bound to be lively and perhaps even rollicking and uproarious - and how true, it was all that and more! Besides, Audrey is one alluring lollapaloosa - she's bubbly, chirpy, upbeat, perky - you name it, she's it!

And what did I take home from today's session? The most important lesson was actually about Kolb's learning styles model and Experiential Learning Theory (ELT). Kolb's model and experiential learning theory are today acknowledged by academics, teachers, managers and trainers as truly seminal works; fundamental concepts towards our understanding and explaining human learning behaviour, and towards helping others to learn. We were also exposed to Gardner's Multiple Intelligences and VAK learning styles models, which assist in understanding and using Kolb's learning styles concepts. For those who are still blur, VAK is an acronym for visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles.

Someone had remarked that I talk a lot about the "other" club, but what about our very own HICT Toastmasters Club? So I have included here a photo of some of the members who attended our last meeting (i.e. October - this is also the month that I began this blog!) for the 2008 year. We had two special guests – Soh Fong Wai of Klang Bilingual Toastmasters Club and of course, Lee Wei Seong of D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club. Note that we didn’t organize any meetings in November and December because our students who form the majority of our membership are on a very long holiday break…

The next HICT Toastmasters Club meeting is scheduled for January 20, 2009. Jane, please organize...

2 comments:

Audrey Boudville said...

Thank you for the flattering words. However, I must say that the crowd is what makes training alluring.

Audrey Boudville said...

Thank you Victor for the flattering words. However, the fact is it was the crowd that made the training alluring!