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Whee-Teck Ong

Whee-Teck Ong

Whee-Teck is a technology consulting partner with one of the big four professional services firm. He has more than 20 years as an information technology professional and currently serves in the executive council of Singapore Computer Society.

He is a leadership coach, where he leads courses at the Strategic Technology Management Institute, National University of Singapore. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with NUS.

He is also a visual artist, based in Singapore working on a variety of mediums, his favorite being watercolor. Most of his paintings are filled with splashes of bright colors - flowers and urban landscapes are his favorite subjects.

Whee-Teck believes that anyone can learn to sketch and paint. He started painting in November 2011 and has since surprised himself with what he has learnt. He considers himself as one who has no natural talent in drawing and painting. He believes anyone can pick up the skills for themselves – of course with effort and learning the skills.

Due to various personal reasons, he decided to take a year away from work. He pursued his artistic endeavor more seriously and ended up with his first solo exhibition in May 2012. He continued to artistic journey through 2012, where he discovered the Urban Sketching Community. From these experiences, he decided to share his "secrets". His approach as an adult learner, his process and his strategy, Whee-Teck’s “Adult Learning Architecture”.

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Adult Learning Architecture

How a Technology Consultant Trained to be an Artist - taking a year off work (2012), pursuing art (watercolor) with gusto, and live to tell about it! Sharing the "secrets" to successful unlearn old habits, then relearn new ones for the 21st century!

How I use my own learning strategies - Adult Learning Architecture - to train myself in relative short time to become an artist.

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Overview - From the Preface

It is often felt that learning ends the moment we graduate from the formal education system. The Adult Learning Architecture challenges this notion by presenting techniques that anyone can use to learn any skill that intrigues them. The ideas presented in this book are based on my own experience learning to become an artist. Some general ideas related to adult learning are also presented that will help you better understand how to function as an adult learner. As I took a whole year out from work (2012), I decided that I’d learn something new, I picked visual art, while I was learning new skills, I was also observing myself and the approach I was taking to learn these new skills. Much of that observations are captured here in this book.

By the end of this book there is one thing that you should never forget – you can train your mind to learn anything. Learning is stimulated when more synapses are generated in the brain. The principles presented in the Adult Learning Architecture will help you create these essential synapses. As these synapses are created, new learning will take place.

I hope that, by the end of this book, you will truly feel empowered to tap into your ability to learn the skills you need to pursue your passion. Learning isn’t impossible. In fact, this book will present you with strategies to develop the motivation you need to learn even the most difficult of tasks. It also presents several websites that offer online learning options. With so many options available, there’s no excuse for you to shy away from learning something new.

Chapter outline

1. Adult Learning Architecture - an overview

2. The Brain and Adult Educational Psychology

3. Profiles of Late Bloomers

4. Developing Intrinsic Motivation

5. The World of Online Learning

6. Progression of Learning

7. Stages of Knowing

8. Ten Famous Polymaths in History

9. Elements of Learning

10. Putting it All Together

About the author

Whee-Teck is a technology consulting partner with one of the big four professional services firm. He has more than 20 years as an information technology professional and currently serves in the executive council of Singapore Computer Society. He is a leadership coach, where he leads courses at the Strategic Technology Management Institute, National University of Singapore.

He is also a visual artist, based in Singapore working on a variety of mediums, his favorite being watercolor. Most of his paintings are filled with splashes of bright colors - flowers and urban landscapes are his favorite subjects.

Whee-Teck believes that anyone can learn to sketch and paint. He started painting in November 2011 and has since surprised himself with what he has learnt. He considers himself as one who has no natural talent in drawing and painting. He believes anyone can pick up the skills for themselves – of course with effort and learning the skills.

Due to various personal reasons, he decided to take a year away from work.  He pursued his artistic endeavor more seriously and ended up with his first solo exhibition in May 2012. He continued to artistic journey through 2012, where he discovered the Urban Sketching Community. From these experiences, he decided to share his secrets. His approach as an adult learner, his process and his strategy, Whee-Teck’s “Adult Learning Architecture”. 

Competing and complementary books

* Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

* A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

* Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

* Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step (Perennial Library) by Edward De Bono

* The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

* How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

* Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 

* Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

* Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

* Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin

Audience

Primarily targeting adults who are looking to pursue a new area of learning, especially in the creative space. Observe the explosion of adult coloring books, the market segment will be quite similar but the approach is not to pursue another coloring book, but a book describing how one could train to do something "creative", using the example of how an IT (information technology) consultant trained to be an artist.

Marketing and promotion

* Hire a small PR agency to run weekly columns on LinkedIn, Facebook Book Landing page and Twitter

* There will be weekly new content on excerpts and new materials on #AdultLearningArch

* A website for the book - book landing will be created.  The Author is intent on engaging his audience over their learning strategies through this portal / website / platform. This is being setup.

* Updates on http://wheeteck.com


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These services enable us to guide our authors through the process as we transform their manuscript into a professional book, which can take its place with pride next to any famous author's book of the same genre.

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  • Update #3 - Shipping commences... April 7, 2016

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    We've achieved lift-off (312/250 copies pre-ordered)!

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  • Update #2 - Adding more value! March 17, 2016

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    I've decided to throw in more goodies.

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  • Update #1 - A BIG Thank You to my first supporters! March 7, 2016

    Folks -

    Really appreciate your support - indie writers like myself finds every encouragement valuable especially when you are "voting" with your monies, it really is true ...


  • Yi Shiean on April 2, 2016, 7:32 a.m.

    Can't wait for the book!

  • Lionel Teh on April 4, 2016, 2:46 p.m.

    Hi Whee-Teck, I'm Lay Koon's cousin, Lionel. All the best!

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