Thank you for dropping by.
My name is Lee Chu Keong (“Lee” is my surname),
and I am a teacher. I come from Klang, a
pretty big town in Malaysia (in the state of Selangor Darul
Ehsan) about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. Klang
is famous for its bak kut
teh and its crows.
In Klang, I studied at the La Salle Primary (Standard 1 to 6)
and Secondary (Form 1 to 5) Schools, and then at the Anglo
Chinese School (Lower and Upper 6). In 1986, After obtaining my
STPM (the Malaysian version of the A-Levels) results, I came
over to Singapore to study. I chose to study chemical
engineering at the National
University of Singapore (NUS), and I graduated in 1990.
This makes me a chemical engineer by training.
After graduating, the first organisation I worked for was
McDermott South East Asia, where I was a process engineer. I
pretty much worked on ChemShare’s Design II simulation
software, the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, and Wolfram Mathematica
every day at McDermott, and became pretty proficient at
them. After about a year at McDermott, I decided to try
teaching. I have been at it since then.
The first school I taught at was Singapore
Polytechnic (in the Chemical Process Technology Department,
now called the School of Chemical and Life Sciences). At
Singapore Polytechnic, I was a "plumber". This meant that I
taught a variety of subjects, depending on the "requirements
and exigencies of the polytechnic". My stint at SP taught me
how to be flexible. I could be teaching organic chemistry to
industrial technology students one semester and the foundation
of optics to optometry students the next (this actually
happened). I taught at Singapore Polytechnic for slightly over
eight years. Next, I taught for a short time (slightly less
than two years) at Temasek Polytechnic.
In 1997 (while I was still teaching at Singapore
Polytechnic), I decided to pursue my masters at Nanyang
Technological University. I took a long time, but finally
graduated in 2000 with a Master of Science (Information
Studies). Right after graduating, I started teaching at NTU,
and there, I was inspired to do my doctoral studies. Professors
Schubert Foo and Suliman Hawamdeh were my doctoral supervisors.
They pretty much left me to chart my on course, to find my own
area, and to do my own thing. I graduated with a PhD in 2008.
Sometimes, life comes a full circle. In 2016, I became the
programme director for the Master of Science (Information
Studies), the very programme I studied some twenty years
before. One of the things many potential applicants to the MSc
(Information Studies) programme ask me is this: What can I do
after completing the programme? I've never said it, but
certainly, one possibility is to become its programme director
Today (approximately 28 years after I taught my first class,
gasp!), I teach at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and
Information (WKWSCI), in Nanyang Technological University. For
fifteen years, I taught in two postgraduate programmes, namely,
the Master of Science (Information Studies) and Master of
Science (Knowledge Management). In 2015, I taught the
undergraduates for the very first time (Foundations of
Information Analytics (CS2400), in the Information Analytics
track). In 2016, the powers that be at WKWSCI made the
Information Analytics module a core module (so CS2400 does not
belong to any track any more). I guess I’ll be teaching
this module for some time to come.
I am currently the programme director for the Master of
Science (Knowledge Management) programme, and for a brief
period (about 2 years), I was also the programme director of
the Master of Science (Information Studies) programme. I have
diverse interest, and I have taught various modules in both the
MSc (Knowledge Management) and MSc (Information Studies)
programmes — Music and Art Sources and Services; Science
and Technology Sources and Services; Management and Business
Sources and Services; Sources and Searching; Foundations of
Knowledge Management; and Information and Knowledge Assets.
From 1st July 2018, I took on the role of Associate Chair
Whatever role, appointment, position, or responsibility I
take on, at the end of the day, I am still a teacher, and
teaching is something I enjoy doing very much. Perhaps because
of this, I’ve been told that I’m a
“natural” and “authentic” teacher. I
am humbled that I won the Nanyang Education Award (School
Level) in March 2015, mostly by having fun. I’m really
blessed because I’m doing what I love, and I'm being paid
for doing it.
I like to experiment, and now, I am experimenting with
teaching using stamps and first day covers. I take my students
out on walks sometimes, because I think walking can help them
think “out-of-the-box”. They also tell me things
they would not otherwise tell me during these walks.
Other than teaching, two projects occupy quite a bit of my
Things.Photos is a digital library of artefacts (manmade
things) from around the world. (More about things.photos here.)
(II) The Mathematics Digital Library, or
The Mathematics Digital Library (MathDL) is a digital
library of mathematics questions, taken mostly from
out-of-print (but not necessarily out-of-copyright) mathematics
textbooks. (More about MathDL here.)
In my free time, I'm trying to learn Python. Take it from me --
it's not easy, but then, I'm reminded that "Nothing Great is
Easy" is inscribed on Matthew
Once again, thank you for dropping by, and thank you also,
for reading a little about me. If you're ever at the Nanyang
Technological University, drop by for tea or coffee!
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