UMS, first in M’sia sup­ported by Com­mon­wealth of Learn­ing

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KOTA KINABALU: Univer­siti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) be­came the first pub­lic univer­sity in Malaysia to be sup­ported by Com­mon­wealth of Learn­ing (COL) with re­gard to Pol­icy De­vel­op­ment on Tech­nol­ogy En­abled Learn­ing.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr D Ka­marudin D Mudin said UMS had signed an agree­ment with the COL which was en­dorsed on Jan­uary 29 this year and this had opened the way for­ward for the process of de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of UMS Tech­nol­ogy En­abled Learn­ing Pol­icy.

“The COL is an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion of the Com­mon­wealth of Na­tions, which was founded in 1988 with the ob­jec­tive of de­vel­op­ing stan­dards for en­hanc­ing Teach­ing & Learn­ing with Tech­nol­ogy and we at UMS are priv­i­leged to have been granted ac­cess to their vast ex­per­tise,” he said in his speech while of­fi­ci­at­ing at the UMS Pol­icy De­vel­op­ment for Tech­nol­ogy - En­able Work­shop here on Mon­day.

He said the es­tab­lish­ment of the UMS Teach­ing En­abled Learn­ing pol­icy was in line with the Min­istry of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion’s DEPAN 2.0, the 10 shifts in the Malaysian Ed­u­ca­tion Blue­print for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (2015-2025) which high­lights the rel­e­vance of glob­al­ized on­line ed­u­ca­tion, life-long learn­ing and grad­u­ates who are fu­ture­proof.

“As we view the world from the per­spec­tive of the cur­rent In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion 4.0 which is sweep­ing across ev­ery as­pect of our lives, we need to re­spond to the in­creas­ing need for knowl­edge and skills that are per­ti­nent; and knowl­edge that evolves to meet the needs of UMS stu­dents who must con­stantly re­de­fine their cog­ni­tive skills to meet the chal­lenges of an in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive fu­ture,”Ka­marudin added.

Speak­ing be­fore 50 par­tic­i­pants from among ed­u­ca­tors, ad­min­is­tra­tor and tech­ni­cal ex­perts who rep­re­sent the lead­ing edge of UMS, he en­cour­aged them to­gether with him to mu­tu­ally strive to en­hance the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing among stu­dents.

“I call upon all my fel­low col­leagues to con­trib­ute whole­heart­edly to the process of pol­icy de­vel­op­ment in this work­shop,” he said.

The two-day work­shop was fa­cil­i­tated by Ed­u­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist for E-learn­ing COL from Vancouver, Canada, Dr San­jaya Mishra.

It was or­gan­ised by a joint col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Cen­tre for e-Learn­ing with the Cen­tre for Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence & Aca­demic Qual­ity and the De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of UMS.

Also present was Deputy ViceChan­cel­lor of Stu­dent Af­fairs and Alumni, Pro­fes­sor Dr Is­mail Ali.

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