About Me



[So this is the formal story about my life. For the informal story, talk to me …]

I am a learning designer (aka instructional designer, depending on how you frame education), educator, researcher, and lifelong learner.

In short, I investigate and “solve” learning problems. I’m a learning advocate.

I’m also a multifaceted border-crosser, or some may say, a hybrid person; a highly intuitive, self-regulated and self-directed learner. I speak a few languages (dialects); English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and some American Sign Language. I’ve aspired to learn French since I was twelve.

Not knowing what I know now, I spent a substantial number of years in formal learning, merrily earning the following credentials:

  • Bachelor of Arts from the National University of Singapore, majoring in English Language and Sociology.
  • I taught for many years in Singapore after completing teacher preparation training at the National Institute of Education (a subsidiary of Nanyang Technological University), for which I earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education.
  • I spent a considerable amount of time in Syracuse, New York. During those years, I worked and studied full-time to complete a Master of Science, a Certificate of Advanced Study and a Doctor of Philosophy, all with an emphasis in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, from Syracuse University. My dissertation study focused on the design of healthcare instruction.

Growing up in a multicultural society, I became interested in crossing boundaries and cultures from young. I am thus passionate about crafting instruction across fields, disciplines and cultures to support effective learning and engagement. In 2013, I received training on “The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning” and “Visible Thinking” (run by the Harvard Graduate School of Education). This training transformed my perspective towards teaching and how to better design learning experiences where thinking is a priority . I am excited about building a culture of thinking across disciplines in educational institutions. Now, I’m working towards becoming a better thinking facilitator, learning more about the different models and frameworks for critical and creative thinking.

In this blog, I write about a few special interests:

  • learning (in zones of change, hybrid/intersectional/liminal spaces)
  • access, equity and motivational learning design in education
  • creativity and arts

Life cannot be planned down to the last detail; the same with blogging. I will sometimes write about my observations and reflections on life as it unfolds!

I love learning and am grateful for the opportunities I have been offered. I feel most alive when I’m learning new things and exploring new territories. I hope to use all my education and professional experience to design, conduct research and/or teach to help people reach their full potential.

My digital stories and narratives can be found on the following platforms. Please connect with me on any or all of these:

[ P.S. My old blog can be found at http://justywk.blogspot.com ]