Mr Glen O'Grady

Grad.Dip. Higher Ed. (NTU Singapore), Adv. Cert. Training & Assessment (IAL Singapore), M.A. Applied Social Research (Monash), B.A. Hons (Monash)

Teaching interests

Higher Education and Further Education; Cognitive Skills and Problem Solving; Problem-based Learning; Assessment; and the University's Teaching and Learning programmes: Foundations of University Teaching and Learning,  Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Masters in Higher Education.

Research interests

Glen's broad research interests lie in constructivist pedagogies, both from a sociological and psychological perspective with a specific focus on Problem-based Learning, small group facilitation, student assessment, blended and flexible learning and the role of epistemology in conceptions of learning and teaching.


Glen joined CHELT in July 2012 as Deputy Director. He is formerly the Director for the Centre for Educational Development at the Republic Polytechnic, Singapore and led a Problem-based Learning Institute that facilitated the development of Problem-based Learning throughout Asia. He has held posts in academic staff development at The University of Queensland, The National University of Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the role of academic staff development in higher and further education. He has run development programmes in numerous countries and has published in the areas of Problem-based Learning, Student Assessment and Vocational and Technical Education. He has chaired three International Symposiums on Problem-based Learning and is a member of the organising committee for the Pan-American PBL Association. He has been the editor of the International Newsletter PBL Reflections since 2003.

Glen's broad interests lie in constructivist pedagogies, both from a social and psychological perspective. His specific focus and research has been on Problem-based Learning, small group facilitation, student assessment, blended and flexible learning and epistemology.

Selection of Research and Publications

O'Grady Glen...[et al.], editors (2012) One-day, one-problem: an approach to problem-based learning.Singapore; New York : Springer.

Choy, J.L.F., O'Grady, G., & Rotgans, J.I. (2012). Is the Study Process Questionnaire (SPQ) a good predictor of academic achievement? Examining the mediating role of achievement-related classroom behaviors. Instructional Science, 40,(1), 159-172.

O'Grady, G. (2011). Singapore. In S. Majumdar (Ed.), Emerging Challenges and Trends in TVET. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Rotgans, J., O'Grady, G., & Alwis, W. (2011). Introduction: studies on the learning process in the one-day, one-problem approach to problem-based learning. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 16(4), 443-448.

Choy, J. L. F., & O'Grady, G. (2011). A longitudinal study on the effects of a standardized problem-based learning methodology in postsecondary education on students' approaches to learning. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, Louisiana.

O'Grady, G., & Choy, J. L. F. (2009). Do students benefit from a standardized approach to teaching in post-secondary education? Paper presented at the 2nd International Research Symposium on PBL, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

O'Grady, G., & Choy, J. L. F. (2008). Assessing to Foster & Measure Deep Learning in Problem Based Learning. Paper presented at the ABR (Business) & TLC (Teaching) Conference on Learning and Instruction, Orlando, Florida.

O'Grady, G., & Choy, J. L. F. (2007). PBL: Dead and Buried or Alive and Well. Paper presented at theEuropean Conference on Practice-based and Practitioner Research on Learning and Instruction, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

O'Grady, G., & Choy, J. L. F. (2006). Do we get effective learners by using PBL? Paper presented at theTeaching and Learning for Higher Education Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Immediacy in Learning invited speaker at NTU Mobile Learning seminar on 17 Oct 2011

PBL: Guarding Against Uncritical Pragmatism and Philosophical Idealism Keynote address PBL 2010 São Paulo (Brazil) February, 8-11, 2010. University of São Paulo.

"Technology for learning: How technology can help us understand how students learn?" Paper presented at the International Symposium on Advances in Technology Education (22 - 24 September, 2009)

O'Grady, G. (2009).  "The Calm Beneath the Storm: An Introduction to Problem-Based Learning" published in the Middle East Educator Magazine March Vol.10.

"Reflection Journals and PBL"  Keynote address presented at Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Conference (Nov 17-18, 2008) Singapore.

Education 2.0 - Is it more than bolting on Technology and then hanging on for dear life? iCTLT 2008: International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology. Suntec, Singapore August 5-6, 2008.

Rising Pedagogies in Blended Learning: Are we baking a Soufflé?  Invited Speaker at the eLearning Forum Asia 2008 (eLF2008): Nanyang Technological University, 29-30 May, 2008

Enhancing your Education Business through Innovation, Key note at Education Capability Seminar, Spring Singapore, Sun Tech City 13th May 2008

Assessment in PBL PBL2008: Learning without Limits, Colima University , México 28-30 January 2008.

Othman, M. & O'Grady, G. (2007). Impact on Learning when introducing Electronic Video Games elements in a Constructivist Learning Environment. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2007 (pp. 3705-3709). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Conceptions of Learning and PBL Facilitation, Peru PBL Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima July 2006.

PBL - Putting the 'Why' back into Science and Math Education. Keynote address presented at The National Conference for Math & Science Education, Malaysia. October 2004

Using On-Line Technologies when Learning how to Learn, while Learning.  The Problem-based Learning Conference: Problem-based Learning - A Quality Experience? University of Salford. September 2004

The Dangers of PBL (and other instructional fads): Beware the epistemological hole in the practice of PBL. Paper presented at the PBL 2004 Conference, Cancun, Mexico. June 2004

The Philosophical underpinning of PBL 4th Asia Pacific Conference in PBL. Hatyai, Thailand December 2002

Gordon, I. and O'Grady, G. (2002) Transferring Learning Responsibilities to Students and Computer Mediated Discussions Proceedings of the Second Symposium on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, CDTL, National University of Singapore 4-6 September.

Chandrama, A., Wang, C.M. and O'Grady, G. (2001) Construction and Evaluation of Teaching Portfolio AEESEAP Midterm Conference Souel Korea.

Maximising the Potential of Computer Mediated Discussions: Guidelines for Facilitation CDTL Brief Oct 4(4) 2001

Designing Curriculum CDTL Brief 2001

Invited keynote speaker "Training Faculty to use Technology for Teaching & Learning". Promising Practices in Teacher Education for the 21st Century, Beijing Normal University. China. May 2000.

Open Book Examinations CDTLink Vol. 4 No. 2 2000 pp. 6- 7.

Guide for Good Practices in Assessment. Learners Together Vol. 2. Feb 2000.

Tutor Training: Just what are we being proactive about? Conference on Preparing University Teachers. Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. (1996).

Warren Piper, D., Nulty, D. D., & O'Grady G. (1996) Examination Practices and Procedures in Australian University. Higher Education Division, Dept of Employment Education & Training. Evaluations and Investigations Program. AGPS, Canberra