We should avoid be­ing pas­sive learn­ers

New Straits Times - - Letters -

“I AM bored and did not un­der­stand the topic I have learnt.”

Stu­dents these days should learn to bet­ter adapt to the 21st cen­tury maxim, of “to go with the flow”.

We have the In­ter­net, mo­bile de­vices and the like. We can use these to bet­ter our learn­ing process.

Based on a re­search paper ti­tled “Fa­cil­i­tat­ing Ef­fec­tive Stu­dent Learn­ing through Teacher Re­search and In­no­va­tion”, teach­ers have a role to play — to nur­ture and sup­port a stu­dent’s cre­ative po­ten­tial; they may use cre­ative learn­ing meth­ods to in­spire and mo­ti­vate the stu­dents.

They can also show the skills needed to pro­mote learner-cen­tred ap­proaches, col­lab­o­ra­tive work meth­ods, and the use of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies as mod­ern learn­ing tools.

We should avoid be­ing pas­sive learn­ers. As Dr Nurkhamimi Zain­ud­din, a lec­turer from Is­lamic Sci­ence Univer­sity of Malaysia, said in his writ­ings, there are weak­nesses among ed­u­ca­tors in Malaysia be­cause they keep us­ing a dog­matic teach­ing method which fo­cuses on the writ­ten text.

It is good to read the text given, but not all the stu­dents will par­tic­i­pate; some will just feel bored and sleepy.

The Mas­sive Open On­line Course (MOOC) plat­form al­lows any­one to cre­ate, run, teach and en­rol in a course, ei­ther for free or pri­vately.

Both teach­ers and stu­dents will en­joy us­ing this method be­cause every­body gets to par­tic­i­pate. They can read the slides and notes, and even watch videos on sub­jects that are re­quired.

The teach­ing process should also change. Ac­cord­ing to Fred­er­ick Sch­ef­fler in his book Com­puter Tech­nol­ogy In Schools, learn­ing comes from stu­dent in­quiry, crit­i­cal think­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing. They can use pre­sen­ta­tions, in­ter­ac­tive soft­ware, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes or any­thing else to un­der­stand the sub­ject bet­ter. The pre­sen­ta­tion method is quite good be­cause they have to do their own re­search and present to oth­ers.

They will de­rive two ben­e­fits from it — knowl­edge and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills. This is be­cause they need to be cre­ative to make the au­di­ence un­der­stand what they are say­ing.

Seek­ing knowl­edge is im­por­tant in our lives. There­fore, it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to learn as Al­lah said in Su­rah Al-Mu­jadila verse 11, which means, “O you who have be­lieved, when you are told, ‘Space your­selves’ in as­sem­blies, then make space; Al­lah will make space for you. And when you are told, ‘Arise,’ then arise; Al­lah will raise those who have be­lieved among you and those who were given knowl­edge, by de­grees. And Al­lah is Ac­quainted with what you do”.

AINUL WIDAD RUSDI

Univer­siti Sains Is­lam Malaysia, Ni­lai, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan

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