MOOC can help create global-ready graduates

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MALACCA: The capacity for information and communications technology (ICT) has grown over the years and institutions of higher learning must keep up to create a new generation of global-ready graduates in the future.

Emphasising the importance of adopting e-learning and ICT in the teaching and learning environment, the Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Shahrin Sahib suggested the application of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) that will provide an interactive learning experience for students globally.

“MOOC will allow students to work collaboratively and closely with colleagues around the world and to have access not only to course instructors, but to textbook authors and experts from other institutions.

“These graduates will be uniquely skilled to deal with systems, businesses, and an economy that is increasingly global and to address the challenges facing our growing global community.

“Findings also revealed that if students are to fully assume positions of leadership and responsibility in specific organizations and in society as a whole, then they must be prepared to deal with the global environment that confronts them today and will continue to challenge them in the future,” he said during the opening speech of an academic seminar at the UTeM campus in Hang Tuah Jaya here, yesterday.

The two-day seminar entitled “Globalising Malaysia’s Higher Education: A Vast Transformation’ which is ends today, covered topics such as Sustainable Business Model for MOOCs Platform, Flipped Classroom and Ways of Engaging Students and Web Science: Research, Education and Diversity presented by local and international speakers. Among the speakers were University of Southampton’s Prof Dame Wendy Hall; Prof Dr Richard Buckland from New South Wales university and Prof Dr Rozhan Md Idrus from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia.

“The sharing of ideas and expertise among guests and participants, will direct us towards a similar mission of value-adding and realigning strategies in our feat to enhance the quality of learning in higher education institutions through the extensive use of ICT,” he said. He said this was because advanced computers, such as satellite, fibre optic and wireless technology had increased transmission capacity and software development.

“Multimedia authoring systems for instance, have made it easier to create digital materials such as electronic games, computer simulations and educational materials. “Therefore, I urge every learning institution to start MOOCs now. Take advantage of what technology has to offer and explore things that are beyond the ordinary,” he said.

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