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Manu is currently a Professor of Psychological Studies at The Education University of Hong Kong (EduHK).

Prior to joining EduHK, he was the Head of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group (CTL AG) as well as the Head of Learning Sciences Lab (LSL) at the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore.

An engineer by bachelors training, Manu was a pre-university mathematics teacher for five years before receiving his doctorate in instructional technology and media from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, where he also completed a Master of Science in Applied Statistics. He also has a Master of Education from the NIE. Early in his academic career, Manu directed a $50m interactive and digital media R&D program at the Ministry of Education of Singapore to jumpstart research on interactive and digital media in education in Singapore.

Manu conceptualized the notion of productive failure and has used it to explore the hidden efficacies in the seemingly failed efforts of small groups solving complex problems collaboratively in an online environment. Over the past six years, Manu has done extensive work in real-field ecologies of mathematics classrooms to extend his work on productive failure across a range of schools in Singapore. Manu’s research has attracted high profile media interest (e.g., TIME, The Australian, The Straits Times, The Times of India, The CONVERSATION, etc.) and approximately US$3m in funding in Singapore and internationally.  He has been invited to present major keynote addresses around the world, and his work has been published in the top journals in the field.

Education

 

2006 Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Technology & Media. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
2005 Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Statistics. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
2003 Master of Education (M.Ed.) – GOLD MEDAL. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1999 Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) – DISTINCTION. National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
1997 Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honors). National University of Singapore

 

Work Experience

 

2016 – Professor of Psychological Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2015 Head, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2012 – 2015 Head, Learning Sciences Laboratory, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2011 – 2015 Associate Professor (tenured) of Curriculum, Teaching & learning, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2006 – 2011 Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, National Institute of Education, Singapore
2002 – 2003 Vice Principal (Acting), National Junior College, Singapore
1999 – 2002 GCE ‘A’ Levels Further Mathematics Teacher & Head of Department of Information Technology, National Junior College, Singapore

Visiting Research Professorships

2015-2016 Visiting research professor at the University of Sydney, Australia
2015 (May) Visiting professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education
2015 (Feb) Visiting research professor at the University of Bochum, Germany
2013 (Apr) Visiting research professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan
2010-2012 Visiting research professor at the University of Sydney, Australia
2009 (Nov) Visiting research professor at the Institute of Psychology, University of Freiburg, Germany

International Advisory Boards/Panels

2016- International advisory board member on the project Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology,Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).
2011-2014 International advisory board member on the project “Blended synchronicity: Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools”. Funded by Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC); lead institutions: Macquarie University, The University of Melbourne, and Charles Sturt University, Australia.
2011-2013 International expert panel member of “Learning Technologies and the Learning Sciences” network of the University of Sydney Research Networks Scheme, Australia.
2011-2013 International expert panel member on Pearson’s bid for PISA 2015 items on Assessments for 21st Century Skills.
2009-2011 International expert panel member on Assessment for 21st Century Skills project: An international, multi-agency, public-private sector project co-funded by Microsoft, CISCO, Intel, as well as the six co-founder countries, namely, Singapore, USA, UK, Finland, Australia, and Portugal.

 

Service

 

International Level

  1. Associate Editor of Instructional Science journal (impact factor = 2.00)
  2. Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL) (impact factor = 3.11)
  3. Co-editor of the Proceedings of the CSCL conference 2012
  4. Editorial Board Member of the Journal of the Learning Sciences (impact factor = 3.26)
  5. Member of the Education Committee of the International Society of the Learning Sciences
  6. Doctoral Consortium Mentor 2014, ICLS Conference
  7. Early Career Consortium Mentor 2015, CSCL Conference
  8. Early Career Workshop Co-Chair, 2016, ICLS Conference

Reviewer for:

  1. The Journal of the Learning Sciences (JLS)
  2. The International Journal of Computer-supported Collaborative Learning (ijCSCL)
  3. Learning and Instruction
  4. Cognitive Science
  5. Educational Psychology Review
  6. Instructional Science
  7. Computers and Education
  8. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  9. International Conference of the Learning Sciences, CSCL, American Educational Research Association Conference, Cognitive Science, etc.

Memberships:

  1. International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS);
  2. ISLS Education Committee Member
  3. American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  4. Association of Mathematics Educators of Singapore
  5. Cognitive Science Society
  6. Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE)

National (Singapore) Level

2011– 2015 EduLab Evaluation Panel Member: a $25m fund that supports innovative projects in Singapore schools in collaboration with the universities and industry.
2009 Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore’s Propel-T Initiative Advisor: Learning technology research projects led by MOE officers in Singapore schools.
2006–2008 Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore’s Interactive and Digital Media R&D Evaluation Committee Member.
2007–2008 Assistant Director/Program Officer for Interactive & Digital Media R&D, Educational Technology Division, Ministry of Singapore: I directed a S$40m R&D funds to jumpstart research on interactive and digital media in education in Singapore.
Chairperson of Ministry of Education (MOE) of Singapore’s Interactive and Digital Media R&D Evaluation Committee Member.
2001–2002 Deputy Leader of the Singapore International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) National Team to the 43rd IMO in Glasgow, Scotland 2002.  Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore.

NIE/Department Level

2015-present Head, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group
2012–present Head, Learning Sciences Laboratory
2014–present Co-Convener, Redesigning Pedagogies Conference 2015
2012–present Co-Convener, Redesigning Pedagogies Conference 2013
2012–present OER Internal Review Committee Member (for evaluation of grant proposals submitted to OER)
2011–present Assistant Head – Research / CTL AG
2011–present LSL Senior Management Committee Member
LSL Search Committee Member
2009–present CTL AG Strategic Planning Committee member