Dr Michael Choy
Director, Dioworks Learning Pte Ltd in partnership with Udemy

Michael Choy is an experienced adult educator and researcher in the area of facilitation, learning design and development. Having been a trained teacher and a psychologist in the Ministry of Education, he has experience in working with students with learning difficulties. He has also trained more than 10,000 adult educators and teachers across China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in the area of learning styles, design skills and pedagogy over the past 20 years. In his last role at the Institute for Adult Learning, WDA, he was managing curriculum and MOOC (Massive Online Open Courseware) development. He was also managing and mentoring the 70 adult educators at IAL when he was managing the training team.

Currently, Michael is running Dioworks Learning, his own e-learning company, designing MOOCs. He is also facilitating enterprises to adopt e-learning as part of the workplace learning initiative. He was also part of the 2-time winning team for the InnovPlus Nov 2017 and InnovPlus Nov 2018 competitions organised by the Institute for Adult Learning, with the development of Chatbot for Learning.

Besides practical experience, Michael has also published numerous articles in academic journals and conference publications. His most recent articles in Robotics Tomorrow, Educational Media International, Medium, eLearning Industry and Cogent Education discussed the impact of pedagogical beliefs of teachers on technology adoption in the classroom and the impact of AI on the future of work and learning.

Topic: A Case Study of How Udemy Reaches Out to the Community in Singapore

MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses have captured the public’s imagination over the last few years with large class sizes, some exceeding 100,000 online learners. What impact do these MOOCs have on the capability development of the community? How do large course providers such as Udemy or EdX engage with the community to effect learning and improve work performance? These are critical questions as Singapore prepares for the digital transformation over the next 5 years.

In the past few years, in support of SSG's initiatives, Udemy (www.udemy.com), together with Dioworks (www.dioworksgroup.com), has embarked on many different outreach initiatives including participating in roadshows by SSG, conducted regular presentations and workshops, some of which with Institute for Adult Learning. We have brought in overseas speakers to share their perspectives as well as conducted research on our community's online behaviour among others. This has resulted in a substantial increase in the Singapore community on Udemy since the launch of SkillsFuture Credit.

Going forward, Dioworks will embark on using AI and bots as a pilot project to engage the Udemy community of learners in Singapore to understand learner needs, propose course offerings and engage in community sharing.

Join us as we share the lessons we learned over the years.

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