News Details | 05-Nov-2008

NTU gets more than $5m funding for IDM in education projects

Nanyang Technology University (NTU) has received more than S$5 million funding from the National Research Foundation (NRF) under its 3rd Call for Proposals for the research and development programme on interactive and digital media (IDM) in education. Four out of the five approved projects are from NTU. To date, NTU has received more than S$17 million of research funding from NRF for IDM-related projects.  This represents two-thirds of the total funding awarded by the NRF to IDM projects.

The four winning projects by NTU covers the four broad areas of - learning of the future, educational games, digital literacies and multiple modalities, and socially immersive virtual environments. (Please see fact sheet for list of NTU winners and synopsis of the projects).

These projects are selected after rigorous evaluations by an international expert panel. Collectively, they offer innovative opportunities to engage learning for students in both the school and higher education sectors, as well as to develop educational models and tools to equip students with the right skills and competences to be ready for an IDM pervasive environment. Beyond the focus on technology development, there are plans to look into the commercialisation of successful pedagogical models, tools and content, so that IDM in education can be translated into the domains of various economic sectors.

“As internet and multimedia technology become more widely available, students are also becoming more adept users of digital media. It will be challenging and exciting to develop projects using interactive digital media which will surpass their expectations in classroom learning. We are very happy to receive the grant and continue our research in IDM in education. We look forward to implementing the projects in schools. By learning with and through IDM, we hope the younger generation would be comfortable working in an IDM-pervasive environment in future,” says Prof Bertil Andersson, NTU Provost.

In order to take university’s IDM efforts to greater heights and support Singapore’s drive to be at the forefront of IDM, NTU has recently setup the Institute for Media Innovation (IMI). NTU is the only university in Singapore incorporating Schools of Engineering and of Art, Design and Media.

With five distinct target areas – entertainment, education, health and medicine, lifestyle (involving an ageing society), and business, the Institute will provide a platform for inter-disciplinary research groups to share innovative ideas and leverage each other’s strengths. It will also serve as a conduit for potential collaborators and investors globally to access IDM efforts at NTU.

The call for proposals attracted a total of 23 proposals from three institutions of higher learning. The call is part of the NRF’s framework to develop Singapore’s IDM sector in order to propel Singapore’s economy forward and to contribute towards the advancement of society. The R&D on IDM in Education Programme supports the broader vision of growing Singapore’s IDM brand and the Singapore Education brand.

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