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 about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, which
is famous for its bak kut teh. 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 receiving 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 and the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet every day at
McDermott, and became very 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). I taught at Singapore Polytechnic for slightly
over eight years. Next, I completed a short stint (slightly
less than two years) at Temasek Polytechnic.
In 1997, I decided to pursue my masters, and I graduated in
2000 with a Master of Science (Information Studies) from NTU.
I was inspired to do my doctoral studies, and graduated in
2008, again from NTU. 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
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) and the Master of Science
(Information Studies) programmes. I have diverse interest, and
I have taught various modules in both 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.
Teaching is something I enjoy doing very much, and
I’ve been told that I’m “natural” and
“authentic” in front of the students when I teach.
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.)
Once again, thank you for dropping by.
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