A cookbook of learning activities for impactful cognitive engagement

“Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication”

YES, it doesn’t have to be complicated.

To learn, get students to DO something. Empower them.

But what is the “something”? For what? Engagement? Get them into active learning? Okay, okay. But what does it entail? What does ‘engagement’ really mean? What does ‘active learning’ really mean? Getting them to run around? Having fun with Kahoot? Click the screen here and there?

Wait…there’s more…

Higher-Order Thinking Skills (HOTS). Bloom taxonomy. Deep learning. Cognitive overload. Metacognition. Critical thinking. Creative thinking. Divergent thinking. Convergent thinking. Design thinking. Problem-based learning. Scenario-based learning.

Duhhhhhhhh…..

Can someone make…


Very nice article, Dr Rai. These are some of the keywords I picked up: declutter, de-stress, clarity of mind, cleaning of emotions, mental exercise, being in the moment, time-out, engages sense of curiosity, big picture mindset (bird's eye view).


There is more to life than just a career—a life worth living by design

This is my reflection of a 3-day workshop on Trajectory 2: Learning, organized by the Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International).

The Background of the Trajectory 2 (T2) Program: Learning



Leveraging like-minded passionate educators to trailblaze a new…


What makes us, human, better and smarter than the smartest machine?

Once upon a time…in a land far, far away…

Let’s begin with a brief story about change

In sixteen century, the British, French and Dutch sailed to the new world looking for new wealth and resources. It’s a time of great maritime, exploration and colonisation but it comes with a very high cost…life!

Thousands of sailors died during the long and arduous transoceanic voyages due to storms, shipwrecks, combat, and diseases. But the most feared and dreaded cause of gruesome death was actually attributed to scurvy — more than any other diseases and natural disasters combined. …


A balancing act of utilising the three critical resources for sustaining life

Orange fruits farm

Water, energy, food — all are essential to human life and all interconnected. However, achieving water, energy, and food security for everyone is the greatest challenge humankind faces today. It’s a delicate balancing act!

We’ve been talking about resources running out for ages. In the 70s we talked about oil running out. In the 80s we talked about the destruction of rainforests and in the last five years or ten years, we’ve been talking more about water scarcity, energy and sustainability of global food production.

But we always talk about them as a single issue. We need to begin to…


Learn to creatively deploy various platforms to aggregate your Medium articles and enhance the chances of being discovered.

Would it be nice if your Medium articles could be discovered by the readers in many different ways and visible in many different places? Oh, yes…this surely will expand the reach and the potential number of your Medium publication readership.

Hello fellow writers! I would like to share ONE specific and POWERFUL strategy using four platforms to increase the visibility and reach of your articles on Medium—it’s called curation.

NOTE: Before you read further, I would like to clarify the term ‘curate’ or ‘curation’ in the context of this article. Curation on Medium means that your story has been distributed through one or more topics on the platform (Arts & Entertainment, Education, Beauty, Books, Fiction, etc.). …


Random Name Picker—A useful tool for teachers or trainers to pick a name randomly

If you are a teacher, a trainer, a learning facilitator…you know what it’s like when you want to get someone (student, participant) to respond or answer your question. Most of the time, you will get this blank look…as if you are transparent!

Picture this scenario:

You walk into the classroom with high spirit and full of enthusiasm, eager to start your session. As usual, you have prepared well in advance and you have visualised in your head how you would deliver the lecture.

You start the session…


Manage different streams of newsfeed into a one-stop centre

Are you news addict? How often you read the news from your favourite news publication (paper-based or digital)? On average, how much time you spent reading the news every day? Is there a more efficient way to keep up the pulse of events locally and around the globe? Read on…

We are living in the era of BIG DATA. Information is just a click or a touch away, 24/7! In fact, we can find more digital content online than we can find time to read! …

Abd Karim Alias

A Professor of Food Technology at Univ Sains Malaysia (Malaysia) (since 1994). A strong advocate of online education and driven by a passion to share knowledge.

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