Associate Professor Arkendu Sen

Associate Professor

Tel: +603 5514 6325
Office: Room 4-4-18

Profile Summary

Dr Arkendu Sen is Associate Professor in Clinical Anatomy at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, an anatomist/ophthalmologist by training. Dr Sen is also a keen educationist and champion of education innovation and excellence. Presently as Academic Director, he is leading the Campus Education Excellence portfolio of Monash University Malaysia and as Fellow of the Monash Education Academy, he is keen to promote the Focus Education agenda.

He has wide teaching experience in medical schools in Malaysia, India and Papua New Guinea. Being a top student (First Rank in MD), he has striven to inspire and motivate future health professionals, consistently scoring around 90% for student evaluations and attained outstanding Monash University Student evaluation scores (averaging 4.8/5) for teaching in various modes including lecturing, practical class teaching, tutoring, problem based learning and clinical skills. Having undergone various training in IT-based applications, he has innovatively integrated anatomy, IT resources, virtual learning environments with teaching/learning spaces (smart e–classrooms). This successful innovation and enthusiasm was duly recognized by School of Medicine’s IT representative. He now leads as Chair of the Campus ITS committee and is a member of the ITS governance forum overlooking the three worldwide Monash campuses

His deep involvement in active learning, lifelong skills and integrating novel technology-enhanced methods has made him to apply “Blended Technology” in skills training especially in the context of the Malaysian Economic Transformation Programme and promoting Malaysian education sector’s recognition for excellence in technology-enhanced learning. He has also utilized such e-learning to skills learning and assessment along with his association with basic surgical examination through the College of Surgeons, Academy of Malaysia.

He has become an icon figure of such endeavours and has been placed permanently in the Monash Records & Archives as well as in the time capsule commemorating the naming of the school. As part of the School’s team, he has designed and researched a variety of educational technology innovations with available resources for large student cohorts.

Globally, these innovations has inspired and influenced the medical/teaching community through over 40 peer reviewed international scientific publications/ presentations at across nine countries in Europe and Australasia.

He has now successfully expanded his innovations to educational technology research with the ITEX 2018 Silver Medal and Ministry of Higher Education ERGS Grant (2011), external industry partnership and industry funding (2012) for pilot projects in the cutting edge smart practical learning labs and filing of patent (utility innovation) in 2013.

His innovations has been recognized by numerous teaching excellence awards. Working together with the School's Team, their innovative design of state-of-the art learning environment and novel learning strategies have been recognised as a teaching exemplar for the whole of Monash University Malaysia and as a showcase for distinguished visitors including the Governor of Victoria, Health Minister, Deputy Minister for Higher Education and the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • PhD, Technology Enhanced Learning, UK
  • Master of Surgery (MD) in Anatomy, FIRST RANK in order of merit
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmology (DO)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Medicine (DFM)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (GCHE), Monash University
  • Certificate in Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME), Dundee, UK
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) NRS Medical College & Hospital, Calcutta University, India

Current Appointments

  • Associate Professor (Education Focused, Anatomy), Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, Discipline Coordinator, Anatomy
  • Academic Director, Education Excellence, Portfolio of the Vice President (Academic), Monash University Malaysia

Previous Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer (Anatomy), Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia, Discipline Coordinator, Anatomy
  • Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University, Clayton campus
  • Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, AIMST University, Malaysia
  • Principal Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, AIMST University, Malaysia
  • Lecturer, Anatomy, Division of Basic Med Sciences, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea
  • Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Sevagram, India
  • Demonstrator/Tutor, Department of Anatomy, Calcutta Medical College Hospital, India

Administration: Academic Planning and Governance


  • Audit Examiner, MBBS Central Executive
  • Chairman, Information Technology Services Committee
  • Co-Chairman, MYREN National Research Working Gp “Education Tech & Res”, Ministry of Education
  • Member & campus rep, Monash University ICT Governance Council
  • Member, Campus Education Committee
  • Member, Monash University Sunway Campus Discipline Committee (General)


  • Member (Past), Assessment Subcommittee: Faculty of Med., Nursing & Heatlh Sciences
  • Member (Past), E Resources Library Task Force
  • Member (Past), Educational Technology Task Force

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Monash Education Academy, Monash Australia
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA)
  • Member, Association for Learning Technology (ALT), Oxford, UK.
  • Member, European Evaluation Society, Prague , Czech Republic
  • Members, Anatomical Society  of India, Indian Med Association

Research Interests

E- Learning, Educational Informatics, learning apps, Blended Learning and Smart Learning environments.

Research Training Certifications and Workshops

  • Malaysian GCP (Good Clinical Practice Certification (Ministry of Health, Malaysia);
  • Research Supervisor Accreditation Program – Level 1 and 2. Monash University Research Graduate School
  • Human Ethics Workshop by Manager, Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Postgraduate Supervision (University of Papua New Guinea)

Clinical Experience

  • Teacher, OSCE Coordinator and Examiner, Clinical Skills, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University  Sunway Campus
  • Teacher, Surgery @ Clinical Skills Laboratory, School of Medicine, AIMST University, Malaysia
  • Senior Resident (Postgraduate Trainee), Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital, India
  • Senior Resident (Postgraduate Trainee), Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Calcutta, India
  • Residency in Surgery, NRS Medical College & Hospital, Calcutta, India
  • Rotating Resident Intern, NRS Medical College & Hospital, Calcutta, India

Teaching Evaluations

  • Achieved Mean of 4.7 to 4.9 (Max 5) on most of the item categories in SETU/MonQuest (Monash University Independent Questionnaire) Evaluations for both lectures and practicals
  • “Very well done” and “Good” in all aspects of the review in Peer Review (Practical Session) by Deputy Chair, Centre for Human Anatomy Education Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, Australia and Peer Reviewer (Sunway)

Teaching Experience

  • Facilitator, Patient Centred Learning (PCL) Sessions
  • Present lectures on Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology for MBBS Students
  • Conduct Gross Anatomy and Histology Practicals for MBBS Students
  • Teacher: Clinical Skills for MBBS , Surgery for Clinical Skills Laboratory
  • Supervisor: Special Study Module (SPC) for MBBS Students, Community Based Projects (CBP) for MBBS Students, Surgical Selectives for MBBS Students
  • METI Human Stimulator Training
  • Teaching MMed Post graduate Teaching – Clinical Anatomy

Assessment Experience

  • Guest Examiner, Anatomy, Perdana University
  • External Examiner, Anatomy, MAHSA University
  • Audit Examiner, OSCE MBBS, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University Australia
  • Chief Exam Coordinator of Year 1 & Year 2 MBBS
  • Paper coordinator, Element 8, Year 1 MBBS
  • Chief Invigilator & Exam Coordinator, School  of Med, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, AIMST University
  • Examiner/Exam Coordinator: OSCE of  Year 1,Year 2, Year 3  MBBS
  • Examiner of University exams : Clinical Skills OSCE

Research Opportunity

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Y.L. Chia, A. Sen, K.K. Tha, C.Y. Lee. (2017). An Effective E-Learning Module For Gastrointestinal Disease Pharmacology. In:  INTED2017 Proceedings. p. 1572-1580. International Assoc Tech, Education &  Dev, Spain.

Sen A., Chuen C.L., Zay Hta A.C. (2018). Towards Smart Learning Environments: Affordances and Design Architecture of Augmented Reality (AR) Applications in Medical Education. In Somani, A. et al. (Eds.). Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series,  vol 79.Springer Nature Singapore.

Arkendu Sen, Calvin L.K. Chuen, Shiang Harn Liew, Aye Chan Zay Hta (2018). Augmented Reality as a Tool for Authentic Learning of Clinical Skills in Early Years of Med Training. In : Arthur Tatnall, ‎Mary Webb (eds): Tomorrow's Learning: Involving Everyone. Learning with and about Techs and Computing pp.231-242. Springer

Lakshmi Selvaratnam, K.L.Wan, Amreeta Dhanoa, Md Imran Md Naing & Arkendu Sen (2017).Transformation to Virtual Education Technology will ensure Histopathology stays relevant for 21st Century Medical Students. In. Proceedings of 12th International Medical Education Conference (IMEC), KL , Malaysia, 7-9 April 2017.p 124

Sen, A., L. Selvaratnam, K.L. Wan, J.J. Khoo, P.A. Rajadurai. (2016). Virtual histopathology – essential education tools to ensure pathology competence for tomorrow’s medical interns. In  INTED2016 Proceedings. Eds L. Gómez Chova et al. p. 4633-4640. International Assoc of Technology, Education & Development, Spain.

Ken Lee Wan, Arkendu Sen, Lakshmi Selvaratnam, Joon Joon Khoo, Pathmanathan A Rajadurai. (2016). Addressing ‘Path Gap’ in Clinical Edu & Internship:Impetus to Develop Digital (3D) Anatomic Path Learning Resources. Proc.2016 IEEE Int Conf  Teach & Learn In Edu (ICTLE’16), KL, Malaysia, pp. 101 - 106

L. Selvaratnam, Sen,A. , C.K.C.Leong. (2016). Inadequate implementation of distance education technologies for delivery of skills training for 21st century healthcare workers. In:  INTED2016 Proceedings. p. 4684-4691. International Assoc Tech, Education &  Dev, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7. (ISI Proceedings)

C.W.Kho, A.Sen, K.K.Tha, L.Selvaratnam, S.H.Ton. (2014). Design guidelines for developing competency based e-learning module in professional education for biomedical sciences. In: INTED2014 Proceedings. International Assoc  Tech, Education & Dev, Spain. P. 730-741 ( ISI Proceedings, Web of Sci)

Sen, A. and Passey, D.(2013) Globalisation of Next Generation Technology Enhanced Learning Environments (TELEs) for Learning: Contexualizations in the Asia-Pacific region. IEEE Proceedings : 2013 IEEE Fifth International Conf on Tech for Education (T4E 2013 )IIT Kharagpur, India. p.111-118. Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ) Comp Soc. ISBN 978-0-7695-5141-8/13. (IEEE Xplore indexed)

Sen, A. &  Passey, D. (2012). A proposed model of a visual interaction analysis graph for studying educational interactions & their impact on learning within a tech enhanced learning environment. In.  Proc 8th International Conf on Networked Learning, 2012 , Eds: Hodgson V et al. p.294-302. Lancaster Univ., UK.

Sen,A. (2012). Designing clicker questions that encourage active learning in a tech enhanced practical lab setting. In:INTED2012 Proc. p. 3246-3255. Int Assoc of Tech, Edu and Dev, Spain. (ISI Proc, Web of Sci)

Sen, A. &  L.Selvaratnam (2012). Affordances of an innovative ecosystem of multiple tabletops and Anatomy resources for supporting collaborative practical learning. In J. Lee et al. (Eds.). Proc.20th International Conference on Computers in Education. p. 79-82. Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education.

Selvaratnam L. and Sen, A.(2012). Tapping Technology to give Formative Feedback for Practical Learning in Medicine. In J. Lee et al. (Eds.). Proc. 20th International Conference on Computers in Education. Singapore: p. 75-78.  Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education. ISBN 978-981-07-4651-3

Sen, A., Selvaratnam, L, Buzzard, A. and Wreford, N., 2010.  Evaluation Of Pioneering Anatomy Videoconference Lecture Broadcasted Across  Three International Sites.  Clinical Anatomy, 23(3),p. 347

Selvaratnam, L and Sen, A 2010,  Guided collaborative learning and peer teaching demonstration: Innovations in clinical anatomy education, Clinical Anatomy, 23(3),p. 339-340

Sen, A., 2008. Visual Display Terminals & Vision. Malaysian J. Pub Hlth Med, 8 (1), p.10.ISSN 1675-0306.

Sen, A and Richardson, Stanley, 2007. A Study of Computer-Related Upper Limb Discomfort and Computer Vision . J. Human Ergol., 36 (2), p.45-50

Sen, A and Somayaji, S.N., 2007.  Bilateral Variants of the Superficial Palmar Arch. The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences,14 (1). p.54. ISSN 13-94-195X

Sen, A. and L. Selvaratnam (2010) Technology Enhanced Teaching Demonstration As An Innovative Method Of Peer Assisted Learning Of Practical Skills. In:  Proceedings of International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2010 Proceedings) Spain, 14-17 Nov ‘10.p. 830-838.

Sen, A and Richardson, Stanley, 2007. Designing a KAP Study towards Developing an Ergonomic Programme for Computer Vision Syndrome. In:  Proceedings of International Conference on Ergonomics (ICE 2007). Kuala Lumpur 3- 5 Dec ‘07. p. 28-32.

Sen, A. and Richardson, Stanley, 2006. Computer Vision & Occupational Overuse Syndromes – a Survey of Malaysian Computer Users. In : Adyatmika Putra ed. Proceedings of Ergofuture 2006, International Symp. on Past, Present & Future Ergonomics. Bali, Indonesia 28-30 Aug ‘06. p. 146-151. ISBN 979-15168-1-2


Sen,  A., Selvaratnam, L. & Zaini, A (2013). An ecosystem of networked teacher and student multi-touch tabletops with integrated resources. Malaysian Utility Innovation. Application No. UI 2013702264. Filed 26 November 2013.Monash University Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.


Title: Monash Students’ designing their own classroom? Empowering Students and Teachers to shape active learning spaces
Granting Agency: Monash Edu Academy, Monash Australia

Title: MEA EF Scholarly Grants
Granting Agency: Monash Edu Academy, Monash Australia

Title: Development & Edu/ Neurobehavioral Impact of 3D Interactive Augmented Reality Learning Objects from Cadaveric Morphology
Granting Agency: Better Teaching Better Learning Education grant 2016

Title: Tele-Learning of Community Hlth Skills (TELCOHS): Pilot Dev of Hlth Skills Learning for Remote Communities Healthcare Workers
Granting Agency: EU funded Trans-Eurasian Info Network (TEIN) Cooperation Center, Korea

Title: Enhancing learning environ in higher ed: Impact analysis of a Tech-enhanced Hybrid Anat Learning (TEHAL) Lab for Next Gen
Granting Agency: ERGS Grant from Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), Malaysia

Title: Tech-enhanced Hybrid Anat Learning (TEHAL) Lab for Next Gen
Granting Agency: Monash. Sunway Matching Res. grant

Title: OLT Citation Award
Granting Agency: Office of Learn & Teach, Govt of Australia

Title: JCSMHS Tech-enhanced Collaborative Edu Concept Proj
Granting Agency: SSSB Industrial Partner Fund

Title: Visual Stress in Reading Electronic Text Amongst Med Students
Granting Agency: MONASH Malaysia Res. Grants

Title: Catalogue of Learning Resources within Faculty of Med.,Monash
Granting Agency: FMNHS  & Gippsland Medical School

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Achievements / Awards

  • Best Paper Award, SSIC 2017
  • Silver Medal, 29th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition, ITEX 2018
  • Fellow, Monash Education Academy
  • IMU Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education Award (2018): Finalist/Shortlisted
  • OLT Australian Awards for University Teaching (2012): Citations, by the Australian Govt, Office for L & T
  • IMU Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education Award (2015)
  • Dean’s Award for excellence in teaching: innovations in teaching, Faculty of Medicine, Monash (2014)
  • IMU Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education Award (2011)
  • Vice Chancellors’s Citation for outstanding contribution to student engagement, Monash Univ (2010)
  • Dean’s Award for excellence in teaching: innovations in teaching, Faculty of Medicine, Monash (2010)
  • Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011, 2009, Monash University
  • Research Studentship from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • JB National Science Talent Search Scholarship
  • Jury Member, National Educational Video Festival, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India

Invited Expert Faculty

Institution: National Institute of Ophthalmic Sciences, PJ
Field: Occupational Optometry
Significant leadership contributions: Seminar for topics of Eye and computer vision and Visual standards and Personal Protective Equipment for Occupational Optometry

Institution: AIMST University, Kedah, Malaysia
Field: Forensic Medicine
Significant leadership contributions: One of the few Academically qualified Forensic Medicine specialist to coordinate and provide leadership at MBBS level.

Institution: Academy of Medicine: College of Surgeons
Field: Clinical Anatomy
Significant leadership contributions: Facilitator and Examiner : Basic Surgical sciences examination  run by the College of Surgeons, Malaysia