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Dr Chiam Ching Leen
Research Fellow, National Institute of Education - Office of Education Research
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Dr Chiam Ching Leen (Lynn) is Research Fellow at the Office of Education Research (OER), National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). As a Research Fellow with joint appointments in Research Programmes Management Unit (RPMU) and Knowledge Mobilisation (KMb) Unit, she works along with education analysts, academics, administrators, and MOE colleagues to connect OER’s research knowledge and expertise with members of the education community. By facilitating partnerships and the flow of useful and actionable knowledge, the unit helps OER research inform decisions in research planning, policy and professional practice.

She is currently serving as member of School Partnership Unit, Research-Practice-Policy (RPP) Nexus Working Committee and ERFP Final Report Review Panel. She is also involved in facilitating multidisciplinary members of Special Interest Groups and Research Interest Groups at NIE. One of the groups she facilitates, the Multimodality Special Interest Groups won NIE Nexus Award 2020. “The NIE Nexus Award 2020 accords the highest recognition within the Institute to individuals or teams who have achieved outstanding collaboration in research. The award is to recognize individual or group contributions as well as to foster collaborative synergies and building capacities within NIE, to level up niche areas of research”.

Dr Chiam started her career in a fast-paced and dynamic treasury and markets department of a renowned bank before she served as a Senior Officer at NIE’s then Graduates Programmes Research Office (now known as the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning). A teacher by training, she had also served briefly as Mathematics and ICT teacher in schools in Malaysia and Singapore. She now has more than 18 years of professional experience working with schools and post-secondary institutions in Malaysia and Singapore.

Dr Chiam has won numerous prestigious awards that include the Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration scholarship, Singapore Millennium Foundation scholarship and the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship. She has diverse interests and enjoys exploring new areas of knowledge, particularly those that call for the integrated use of technology and those that help improve learning outcomes. Her current research interests include Knowledge Management and Mobilisation, 21st Century Competencies, Change Management, Organisational Learning, Learning Technologies, Social Media, Text and Web Mining & Analytics. Because of this wanderlust, she has explored the use of Scientific Notebook in the teaching of Integral Calculus, the use of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) tools in promoting knowledge building and the use of analytic tools such as Clustify and Leximancer in mapping research. She has published in refereed international journals, and book chapters and presented at numerous national and international conferences including a presentation on “Mapping Research Using Text Analytic Tool” at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA), the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning that was held from 8-12 April at Washington, D.C.

Apart from her administrative and research duties, Dr Chiam also contributes her service to the community by serving on the Staff Welfare Committee. She has previously taught the Information Representation & Retrieval to Master of Science (Information Studies) students at Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University and conducted several induction courses for research staff and Text Analytics seminars for MOE and NIE staff.

She has also previously served as Secretariat for the NIE Education Research Council Meetings, reviewer for Information Communication Technologies proposals submitted for Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015, and reviewer of AERA Open.

For more updated news about Dr Chiam’s professional updates, please visit her LinkedIn page.

Previous Appointments:
Secretariat of National Institute of Education (NIE) Education Research Committee (2012-2013)
Research Coordinator of OER Knowledge Management Task Force (July 2013-31 Dec 2015)
Reviewer of ICT proposals for Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2015
Member of the NIE Staff Welfare and Recreation Committee (from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016)
Member of Center for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) Staff Well-Being Working Committee (from 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016)
Head of Knowledge Mobilisation, Office of Education Research (2016)
Member of Research Engagement & Learning Committee
Manager for Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Tertiary Research Funds
Member of Keynoters Sub-committee of Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference 2017
Member of Grants Management for Tertiary Research Funds (Nov 2019-Jan 2020)
Current Appointments:
Research Fellow with joint appointments in Research Programmes Management Unit and Knowledge Mobilisation, Office of Education Research.
Member of School Partnership Unit (from June 2020 onwards)
Member of Research-Practice-Policy (RPP) Nexus Working Committee (from July 2020 onwards)
Member of ERFP Final Report Review Panel (from March 2021 onwards)
Member of the OER Staff Welfare and Recreation Committee (from 1 April 2021 onwards)
Knowledge Mobilisation, 21st century competencies, Change management, Knowledge management, Learning technologies, Organisational learning, Social media & web mining and analytics, Text analytics
  • Developing a Framework and Instrument for Examining the Nature of ResearchPractice Partnerships and Their Impact
  • Review of Teacher Inquiry within the Asia-Pacific Context
  • Project Impact
2003 - NIE Work Improvement Team Silver Award
1996-1999 - University of Technology’s Dean’s list recipient
1995 - Outstanding Performance for Cambridge GCE O Level's equivalent (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia)
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Dec 2006 - June 2007 - Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship offered by the National Library Board of Singapore
Aug 2003 - July 2006 - Singapore Millennium Foundation Scholarship offered by the then Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd, 2003
Jan 2003 - Malaysia Australia Colombo Plan Commemoration Scholarship offered by the Malaysian Australian Alumni Council (The MAAC)
Courses Taught
H6713-Information Representation & Retrieval