Dr. Chester Keasberry


Lecturer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Chester Keasberry recently joined UBD as a lecturer in the Design and Creative Industries programme at FASS. He graduated with a PhD in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alongside his doctoral pursuit, he worked as a liaison officer under the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Programme for ASEAN, a five-year project supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) of Brunei Darussalam and the United States Department of State that involved many countries of ASEAN. He has also spent time in Melbourne, Australia, where he pursued an MA in Communication and Media Studies at Monash University. In addition, he is an alumnus of UBD, having graduated with a BA in Education, majoring in the Teaching of English as a Second Language. During his undergraduate studies, he was fortunate enough to study at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom as part of a Study Abroad Programme. His research interests include the usage of social media in education, the design of technology and learning, English linguistics, and communication studies.


PhD in Learning Design and Technology (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)
MA in Communication and Media Studies (Monash University)
BA in Education (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)


Social Media in Education, Learning Design and Technology, Communication and Media Studies


Local Social Media Responses to Sharia Law in Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is a small nation of less than half a million people. However, with the recently completed implementation of the third (of three) phases of Sharia Law, Brunei has been thrust into the international spotlight. Discussions and rhetoric abound across the world, and multiple reactions and responses have been shared, analyzed, and shared again. One of the main avenues for these is the social mediascape — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and the slightly more ostensibly private encrypted spaces of messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram. This is none too surprising given the ubiquity of social media today and its role as a digital commons of sorts where discourse of all kinds and purposes takes place. Social media also allows the easy dissemination of information across the world, resulting in some from the outside assuming the mantle of ‘defender of the downtrodden’; many have taken offense on behalf of the supposed beleaguered masses who purportedly suffer under laws many global on-lookers describe as barbaric and backward. However, given that Brunei reportedly has one of the highest instances of social media penetration in the region (and possible globally), to what extent are local voices represented in the online echo chamber of discussion of Brunei’s Sharia Law? And what are these local voices saying about Sharia Law and the current clime within this small Islamic nation? This paper aims to examine publicly available local social media responses to Sharia Law in Brunei, and consider the different viewpoints and perspectives of those whose daily lives may — or may not — be affected by Sharia.

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Lopes, R. O., Owais Ahmed Malik, Asiyah Az-Zahra Ahmad Kumpoh, Keasberry, C., Ong, W. H., Chin, W. L., Liu, Y. (2019). Exploring digital architectural heritage in Brunei Darussalam: Towards heritage safeguarding, smart tourism, and interactive education. Paper presented at 2019 IEEE Fifth International Conference on Multimedia Big Data (BigMM), Singapore.

Keasberry, C. (2018). Social media, teacher-student relationships, and student learning. International Journal for Educational Media and Technology, 12(2), 27–34.