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SMU Vision 2025


One of SMU's Vision 2025 is to create an innovative learning environment for students to apply their knowledge and come up with solutions to global issues. The pedagogical approach is for learning to be interactive, experiential, and enabled by technology.

The Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) plays a critical role in promoting and supporting teaching excellence at SMU. We collaborate with the Dean's Offices, Office of Postgraduate Professional Programmes, SMU-X team, Li Ka Shing Library, and the Integrated Information Technology Services to design and deliver programmes that meet the professional development needs of our faculty members.

Teaching is an evolving profession. To this end, CTE's mission is to engage, develop, grow, and empower our faculty members to advance their teaching using evidence-based practice. We have structured our programmes along five key themes: (i) Evolving Practice, (ii) Integrating Technology, (iii) Educational Research, (iv) Feedback on Teaching, and (v) Teaching Excellence Awards.

Our Faculty Professional Development Programme is informed by literature, with advice from various expert educators in the last decade. Our learning events and workshops aim to enhance faculty members' pedagogical knowledge and help them gain insights to the professional values. See the table below for aspects of faculty competences and professional values.

Enhance knowledge on: Gain insights to the professional values in:
  1. Lesson design and planning
  2. Facilitation strategies that engage students in learning
  3. Assessment design of and for learning
  4. The use and value of learning technologies
  5. Evaluating the impact of teaching on student learning, and sharing the educational research with the community
  1. Respecting individual learners and diverse learning communities
  2. Inquiring to develop oneself and peers as educators
  3. Continuing professional development
  4. Honing students' study and learning skills

Collectively, our programmes help to build our faculty members' competencies, as identified in the figure here:

1Adapted from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) UK Professional Standards Framework
Source: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ukpsf