Thursday, 24 December 2009
One of his latest presentations is below. Enjoy.
Monday, 21 December 2009
I will be trying it out soon but what if the Internet is inaccessible? Then, it's back to having your notebook computer with you all the time.
Nevertheless, you may first watch the video on what's it all about at the web site or how it can benefit presenters.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Enjoy viewing and reading the following slides:
Thursday, 17 December 2009
It is part of the Distance Education video series at Indiana University.
A promise I made to myself is to continue my reading of Curtis Bonk's "The World is Open." Nevertheless, it will be the core reference for one of my online courses in Jan 2010.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
For more info, visit http://www.aace.org/conf/glearn/
Monday, 24 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
View Jan's slides here:
Thursday, 13 August 2009
The presentation from ICI9 Conference this morning is below:
Thursday, 30 July 2009
And, if you'd like a quick overview an introduction to mobile learning, here's a great set of slides:
Saturday, 25 July 2009
When MIMOS first offered its Jaring services for connection to the Internet in the early 90s, it was limited to academicians in higher educational institutions. I was one of the fortunate few who grabbed the opportunity then.
Today, although I live in the Klang Valley and work in an institution that enables me to connect to the Internet anywhere in the University. Yet, I am still hungry for more.
Hence imagine my delight when, a few minutes ago, I stumbled upon the report saying that the nation will aim to provide broadband connection to at least 26 million mobile phone users.
As head of the mobile learning team at the University, we had first offered 1-minute podcasts of course content. Although learners had mobile phones with wireless capabilities, we discovered that even if they were able to connect ubiquitously, they were hesitant about paying extra for the cost to download.
We next focused on providing SMS messages to engage learners in the learning process. This met with greater approval as long as it was free or if the cost was minimal.
In any case, when renowned universities such as Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley have made available their lectures online (see Academic Earth)in the form of podcasts, Malaysian universities are unlikely able to do the same until the broadband connections are widely available as well as affordable, especially for the education community.
It's about time that broadband services become common place, are as inexpensive as water and electricity (although some of us will refute the latter)and as I once remembered of an earlier idea (first heard more than a decade ago), we should have web tone available through all our mobile devices. After all, for what a restaurant will charge for a family of four, one can purchase an MP4 player.
If Malaysia is serious about making the country an educational hub with institutions providing or "producing" learning, broadband services must be available nationwide to benefit every citizen in the country, among which are the 26 million (and growing) mobile phone users.
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Imagine my delight when I found these: http://www.geocities.com/Eureka/7903/koleksi.html#Komputer_Tanpa_Internet_Ibarat_Lagu_Tanp.
I can't even begin to think how to thank Hamdan Noor who had somehow got my articles on to part of his web site. But, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am indebted to his gesture and for helping me re-visit the past.
Sunday, 5 July 2009
There's a good video from YouTube on this. If you'd like a review of Gagne's Nine Events or simply want to refresh your knowledge, view it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_8MB9F2cts:
As part of a mobile learning initiative at the Open University Malaysia, we used twitter to archive all the SMSes sent out. The purpose is to enable those who were late in subscribing to the service a chance to view the SMSes they missed. To view, visit http://twitter.com/oumh1103.
It's also possible, that in the future, we will use Twitter in place of SMSes so that we're more cost effective but only after everyone understands how Twitter works and functions.
Learning 2.0 is still somewhat new among Malaysian educators. Nevertheless, there is a lot of interest whenever I share what I know about it and the possibilities in creating more excitement in learning. Related to this, I'd like to urge you to view the following set of slides created in 2006 but still very much relevant and useful today. Enjoy!
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Monday, 11 May 2009
Twitter, as they say, is a great socialising tool. It can also, believe me, used to promote a business, product, service and the like. As an educator, I usually try to find the use of such new tools to help enhance the learning environment. What if Twitter could be used to better engage the students in the learning process or to provide timely reminders, additional but useful resources for the course, etc?
Read what Steve Wheeler has to say in his blog on as a lecturer, he has used Twitter with his students at: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2009/01/teaching-with-twitter.html. Also, visit the links below his blog to see how other educators have used Twitter to benefit their students.
For example, you may view the video by David Parry, a professor at the University of Texas, on how he's used Twitter in his courses. See also at: http://casesblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/video-teaching-with-twitter.html
Based on the list compiled by Jane Hart a social media and learning consultant, the one tool that made it in the top 5 among both learners and learning professionals is Twitter. For the complete list (as of 10 May 2009), visit: http://c4lpt.co.uk/recommended/index.html.
As Steve Dambo, an educator who maintains a blog entitled Teach 42: listed in a recent blog entry, what he's learned from the interactions in Twitter, it can be a great learning tool for the learning professional. The URL is http://www.teach42.com/2007/09/28/what-i-learned-from-twitter-today/.
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Twitter is quickly gaining a huge following particularly in the last few months. It has surged to 10 million from 6 million (in early 2009). For more on how Twitter is influencing social media, read the report by Brian Solis at http://www.briansolis.com/2009/04/twitter-traffic-surges-to-10-million.html
If you're keen to try out Twitter, guidebooks are aplenty. One recently released is available as a .pdf version. You may download it from: http://lindenamueller.com/blog/2009/05/trying-to-figure-out-twitter-try-our-free-ebook/
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Since I first joined twitter more than eight or nine months ago, I have introduced Twitter to many Malaysians through my presentations in conferences, meetings, etc. I can recall only two friends, colleagues or acquaintances who are already on Twitter. Two others I know are politicians (the Malaysian PM and ex-Deputy PM). In short, Twitter is almost unknown. Facebook, Friendster and MySpace have a much larger following.
The other friends, colleagues and acquaintances have facebook accounts or netvibes and never heard of Twitter. Today, however, the Sunday Star papers highlighted Twitter. Read it at http://tinyurl.com/cp5d3t. I expect more Malaysians will now be twittering.
Personally, I love Twitter! As a microblogging tool, I can quickly update, provide useful links for other twitterers and learn from those with the same interests as mine. You can use it as a learning tool, teaching tool and marketing tool.
You can also set it as a community tool by activating the Twibes feature. For example, about an hour ago, I set up a twibe on mlearning at: http://twibes.com/mlearning. If it works, we will see people with a common interest on mobile learning join as members of the "twibe." That'll be one quick way to see what others are doing with mlearning and to get ideas and opinions from each other. Of course, I'm not sure how many will follow.....although 4 have joined since the last one hour. More members will mean better interactions and more meaningful learning will occur.
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Twitter is one of my favourite tools. To understand what Twitter is, study the visual above. Initially meant for and focussed on communication, it has worked well in some learning situations, for example in English language classes where students are forced to tweet within 140 characters.
Perhaps the book below will generate more ideas on how educators can benefit from Twitter!
Twitter Handbook for Teachers
Further details are at: http://ici9.oum.edu.my/
Updates are available on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ici9
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Read more in Steve Wheeler's blog at http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2009/04/learing-3.0.html
Monday, 16 March 2009
The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) is inviting applications for the 2008 National Academic Award in six categories as listed below (for details see http://www.mohe.gov.my/aan2008/konsep.htm):
Anugerah Tokoh Akademik Negara
Anugerah Penerbitan Makalah Jurnal
Anugerah Penerbitan Buku
Anugerah Inovasi dan Pengkomersialan Produk
Anugerah Seni dan Kreativiti
A briefing to public and private universities was held at PICC on 16 March 2009.
Deadline for applications to reach MOHE is 4 May 2009.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Education today is also no longer what we knew it as. Fundamentally, it is the same. It is about learning and learning is about content, interaction and assessment. However, content may no longer need to come from the teacher alone. The teacher, has truly, I think needs to become more and more a facilitator of learning, more so today than before.
I remember the first time I heard the word facilitator (in the context of learning) was in 1985 when I was about to leave for the US for my university studies. I was to become a "facilitator" at the end of my studies in MRSM or Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (Mara junior science colleges - secondary schools with an emphasis on producing brilliant science students) and it was important to distinguish what a facilitator does and does not do compared to the "teacher."
Come to think of it, being a facilitator seems the easier of the two, but in reality, it is not. Having played out the role of being facilitators of several courses and over many years now, the outcome is different. I believe facilitators will produce learning at the end (of course in varying degrees) but together with it is the opportunity for learners to excel and exceed normal expectations. A teacher on the other hand, stays tightly with the syllabus and will hesitate or not allow learners to go beyond what is expected. Of course, you may disagree. But, that's my take on this.
Coming back to issues in higher education. It seems that Learning 2.0 is the in-thing among learning enthusiasts. Those who are not quite into technology will cringe and help in whatever way to resist the flow and stay put wherever they are in their own comfort zone. The reality is, it is possible that the way we see the Ivy Leagues going into the future, such educators will become the dinosaurs in education and hinder the progress of the development of human capital.
Imagine universities such as Berkely, Stanford, Yale and MIT offering lectures via podcasts for everyone else to download (visit http://www.academicearth.org/) and imagine the world of education becoming more and more open and widely available to every netizen. It will be just a matter of time before we see credit transfers taking place more widely and more significantly in more ways than one. Imagine a credit bank system where students can accumulate enough credits from various universities around the world graduating with a degree from a consortium of universities responsible for his education. Possible?
Meanwhile, read about current issues for/in/on higher education in Tomorrow's Professor at http://amps-tools.mit.edu/tomprofblog/
Thursday, 5 March 2009
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Yes, you can view them from http://www.academicearth.org/. Imagine getting some of the very best lectures from Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and Yale! Looks like education is more open and exciting these days.
Saturday, 31 January 2009
1. Issues in Distance Learning
3. Are Pretty Interfaces Worth the Time? The Effects of User Interface Types on Web-Based Instruction
6. Correlating college students' learning styles and how they use Web 2.0 applications for Learning http://www.editlib.org/index.
7. Online Learning and Quality Assurance
8. Teachers' Perceptions of the Effectiveness of a Blended Learning Approach for ICT Teacher Training
9. Developing Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Preservice Teachers Through Microteaching Lesson Study
It was good to have attended the kick-off meeting of the ACCESS Project in Brussels.
ACCESS is a two-year research project involving several organisations from Europe and South East Asia. Supported by funding under the Erasmus Mundus Programme under the European Commission, the project kick-off meeting took place in Brussels on 27 and 28 February with all the project partners in attendance.
It is SEAAIR's first research project with countries outside the SEAsian region. I am involved as the project coordinator from SEAAIR. More details about the project will be unveiled over the next few months. Meanwhile, a brief of the project can be viewed at http://www.access-project.eu/.
The next meeting will be in June in Malaysia with all partners again attending to review the findings from a survey that will be conducted in February and March. The survey will be on the perception of academicians, researchers and students towards European higher education. The outcomes of the project will be, among others a green and a white paper on the Europe and SEAsian collaboration in higher education.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
I am scheduled to give a keynote at a seminar organised by UPSI in less than 2 weeks time. I can still remember how, when I first got the message asking me whether I was available to speak almost a year ago. I felt that it was so far down the road! Anyway time has flown so quickly and the seminar is just around the corner.
I'm looking forward to sharing some of my latest thoughts and ideas on how Web 2.0 can support today's learners. I'm using some of these tools for an online graduate course in the Master of Instructional Design and Technology program at OUM and I believe some of our learners will thrive on Learning 2.0.
Some details of the keynote addresses to be delivered at the seminar are at:
Sunday, 18 January 2009
Found an interesting lecture by Thomas Freidman. He needs no introduction, having been a New York Times columnist since 1995 and with several best sellers to his name including his latest book "Hot, Flat and Crowded." His recent keynote address at MIT is on YouTube (48 minutes long) and can be viewed at:
Saturday, 17 January 2009
The world of education is becoming more open. Already, we find students retrieving materials from a variety of sources that are not necessarily provided by their own educational institution. This is due to the availability of OERs. What are OERs?
George Siemens gives a good introduction of this. View it at: http://www.slideshare.net/gsiemens/oer-presentation-924281.
In addition, other sources of information on OERs include:
Thursday, 15 January 2009
The University of Southern Queensland has several courses in their OpenCourseWare section.
An intuitive approach to help the learner move along from week to week or from topic to topic. Everything is online or in digital form. Saves trees....well, unless every student starts printing every page.
As I go more and more into Web 2.0, I find more and more interesting tools to use and adopt in the near future. If you wish to be on a fast learning track in terms of the tools available, you must visit http://my-ecoach.com/project.php?id=13913. It's a quick way to get started. I wish I saw this a year ago. Knew about it when I joined the Digifolios and Social Learning Spaces learning group.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
On another note, to know whether an HEI is legitimate or not, visit:
http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=49864&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html. It includes a list of 17 countries....Malaysia is included!
Saturday, 10 January 2009
"You might be interested in an open/free online event organized and hosted by AACE: Spaces of Interaction: An online conversation on improving traditional conferences. George Siemens is leading the effort. Tom Reynolds, Mimi Lee, Erik Duval, Ellen Wagner, Margaret Driscoll, Jon Dron, Gary Marks, myself, and various others are on the planning committee as well.
You can sign up here: http://www.aace.org/conf/spaces/ and join the ning site here: http://aacecommunity.ning.com/
The event will run from Feb 18-20. We will be announcing speakers and panels shortly. Discussions will be held both synchronously and asynchronously.
The main goal of the conversation is to share opinions, insights, ideas, and practical suggestions on how we can create more engaging conferences.
The event is open, so anyone currently involved in organizing a conference is welcome to attend. For that matter, the nature of our discussion will likely transfer somewhat into ways to improve any type of F2F interaction (classrooms, seminars, workshops)."
With the world becoming more open, academic journals where submissions are peer-reviewed and where whole articles are available without any charge seem to be catching on. One example is the International Journal for the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (IJoSTL) at http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ijsotl/index.htm. The January 2009 issue is now available.
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
The ninth SEAAIR regional conference will be hosted by USM and IPPTN in Penang. Plan to attend. We had the most interesting conference in Surabaya last year, thanks to the host, STIE, Perbanas.
We expect no less from our Penang hosts this year. For details, visit: http://www.ptpm.usm.my/seaair2009/
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
But wait, a new one was just born. Called SlideSix, it looks like a much simpler site and it is uncluttered. However, it's brand new. Based on my search for Learning 2.0 or Web 2.0, nothing came up.
Maybe, a good site to upload your slides to if you are not keen to have too many other people viewing your slides. Definitely, not the best place to visit if you were looking for presentations. But, who knows what will happen in a year or two.
Monday, 5 January 2009
It's been a long time since I was impressed, no . . . that's an understatement . . . . very impressed with something that looks like a normal pen and normal note book (with dotted pages) but can be, listen to this, a personal productivity tool, a learning aide, an e-learning content creator, and a personal secretary during meetings, lectures, conferences, discussions, and more.
What I saw, at this moment in time, is a tool that OUM could use to develop e-learning content. Designed to help someone write notes or draw and at the same time capture the lecturer's voice in the classroom, or if in a meeting, capture the discussions during the meeting, can actually be used to conduct a tutorial on how to solve math equations, or understand graphs, diagrams, and so on.
Notes/images and voice can be stored in the pen's memory and recalled instantaneously with great ease. This can be played back, listened with or without earphones or uploaded to the Internet and played back through audio streaming. Imagine....a whole world of possibilities!
Like I said, it's been a long time since I was impressed with something so ordinary looking but seemingly intelligent to do more things than we can think of!
Check it out. It's a smart pen and designed to help us to never miss a word! Visit: http://www.livescribe.com/.
I was not the only one impressed when I saw this being demonstrated to us by the main distributor (in Malaysia and countries in the surrounding region.
My colleague Dr. Safiah was also amazed and cannot wait to give it a go so that we can demonstrate its capability as an e-learning content creator soon. Supposed to get a test unit in less than 24 hours!
If you're looking for a conference on educational technology or those related to education, visit: http://elearnspace.org/media/EdTechConferencesJanToAug2009crw.doc.
The list is impressive, though by no means comprehensive. Still a lot to choose from.
Found info on, "Twitter means Business."
I had a quick read of Chapter 1 . . . quite interesting. The idea is that Twitter can help make or break a business . . . stories of several companies that have successfully used Twitter are covered in a few chapters of the book.
No education institutions are covered in this book, yet. I wonder if Twitter can be a marketing tool for colleges and universities, given the fact that education is considered a "business" these days?
For more info, visit: http://yourtech.typepad.com/twitinbiz/
Check it out at:
Looks like there are more tools for me to explore as I try to find the ones that are most appropriate to adopt for my next graduate course on instructional technology!
Can be fun but time-consuming. But, I've enjoyed the learning.
Friday, 2 January 2009
I think the iPod Touch and iPhone are marvellous inventions! I love the iPod nanos as well!
Next, view his top ten tools for 2008:
I am personally starting to like Twitter. You get to stay connected with friends, colleagues and family, or as they say, to stay in the loop...but you've got to have others (who matter) linked to yours to reap the benefits. So once you've started, follow others so that they can also follow you. Catch my twittering at http://twitter.com/zoraini. I started experimenting about a month ago and yet to find but still looking for friends who are also twittering.
Google Docs and Flickr are my favourites as well. Must next try Shozu.