The dis abled
first entered M M U in Cyberjaya. “It was beyond my expectations. The learning process in many universities is via pen and paper.
“In addition to this traditional approach, M M U uses the secured multimedia learning system to conduct online lessons, promote paperless practices, hold interactive discussions including peer tutoring, expository fieldwork and industrial training to make learning easier, especially for students with disabilities,” said Cepe.
Believing that a disability is not an inability, his mobility difficulties never hindered him from the programme at M M U.
The wheelchair-bound student gained exposure to different learning styles by leveraging on new technologies and modern facilities in the university. “M astering this new knowledge has shaped my perspective very well and I need to impart it to other students with disabilities, especially in my country,” he said.
His classmate, Victoria Sakilayan, 34, who is deaf, said the innovative technologies helped her to become familiar with the structures, functions and dynamics of a variety of elearning systems.
“W e learn in a conducive environment with sufficient access to more open discussions, therefore, we’re more comfortable in expressing our insights. Sometimes a student with a disability can do more extraordinary things than those with all their faculties,” she added.
Sakilayan was a former faculty member of the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies, De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde in the Philippines before enrolling in the M aster of M ultimedia programme at M M U.
AUN-DPPnet, which is based in Kuala Lumpur, received RM 4.8 million from the Nippon Foundation of Japan to fund learning including postgraduate scholarships to the disabled community from Asean member countries.
M M U president Professor Datuk Dr Ahmad Rafi M ohamed Eshaq said the university is the only private university in M alaysia selected to collaborate with the AUN-DPPnet Secretariat.
The partnership offers scholarships to cover tuition fees, monthly stipends, air flights and book allowances exclusively for students with disabilities.
Currently, there are three scholarship holders who are pursuing postgraduate studies at M M U, and the application is still open for eligible students to enrol in the M aster of M ultimedia (e-Learning Technologies)course at the university.
Another deaf student who is enrolled in the master’s programme is Raymond M anding, 29.
M anding, who is president of the Philippine Federation of the Deaf Youth Section, Inc. said e-learning is relatively new to the disabled community and paves the way for opportunities, to enhance knowledge among those with special needs. “By exploring multimedia, I hope that I will be able to contribute to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in areas such as communications, new media, websites, television and information.”
In additio n to th etr aditio nal appr o ach ,M M U uses th esecur ed m ultim edia lear ning system to co nducto nline lesso ns,pr o m o te p ap er les s p r actices and h o ld inter active discussio ns.
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