Practical Introduction to Learning for Adult Trainers and Educators (PILATE)

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


The Practical Introduction to Learning for Adult Trainers and Educators (PILATE) program aims to equip both current and aspiring Continuing Education (CE) instructors with the basics of learning and teaching. This course will cover key concepts such as learning design, teaching methods, assessment strategies and effective communication with students. PILATE is an interactive course that includes a microteaching session giving you the opportunity to put your teaching skills into practice, receive feedback from instructors and peers, and reflect on your own performance. By participating in PILATE, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to successfully deliver impactful CE courses. 

By the end of the course, you should be able to: 

  1. Design learning experiences with explicit outcomes aligned to learning activities and assessment 

  1. Use learning activities to promote student learning 

  1. Critically reflect on your own teaching to seek improvement 

This course seeks to cover topics related to teaching and learning in continuing education, including course design, constructive alignment, designing learning activities, learning theories, teaching in your unique context, planning a lesson, facilitating learning and evaluating your own teaching.

This programme is suitable for participants working/ intending to work in the adult continuing education industry. Prior knowledge and experience in teaching will be an advantage.

Standard Course Fee: S$4320.00

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.


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Dr Preman Rajalingam

After receiving his PhD is in Education Psychology from Monash University, Australia in 2011, Preman joined NTU a year later as one of the pioneer staff members at LKCMedicine where he took on various faculty and management positions culminating in the role of Assistant Dean of Educational Development. As Assistant Dean, he was responsible for faculty development, digital learning, and consulting on curriculum development in medical education. He was instrumental in the use of Team-based Learning (TBL) at the medical school.  As an expert in the use of active-collaborative learning approaches, he regularly conducts local and international workshops as a sought-after educator. His current research interests include the science of learning underpinning active-collaborative approaches and the evolving roles of teachers in higher education. In his spare time he reads science fiction and plays board games.

Dr Sophia Tan

Sophia Tan was Associate Professor of Educational Technology prior to becoming a Faculty Developer. She has more than 20 years of experience in various higher education settings in the US, which include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Educational Technology, conducting workshops and seminars for faculty and administrators, and consulting with teachers and schools. She loves to share her passion for teaching and scholarship with faculty and students, and she holds a PhD in Learning, Technology and Culture and an MA in TESOL.

Assoc Prof Choy Doris

Dr Doris Choy is an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences and Assessment Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. Dr. Choy earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Educational Technology, Curriculum and Instructional at Purdue University.

Her research interests include technology enhanced learning, technological pedagogical content knowledge, teacher education, adult learning and instructional design. She has published in journals such as Learning and Individual Differences, Journal of Research on Technology in Education, etc.

She teaches instructional design and technology, training methods and strategies, blended learning at the graduate and continuing education level. She serves as the Programme Leader of the Master of Arts in Professional Education (Training and Development). She teaches technology for meaningful learning, classroom management at the undergraduate and post-graduate diploma levels. NIE awarded her Excellence in Teaching Commendation in 2017 and 2019.

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