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Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
Sharing UNITAR's e-Learning Experience
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Sharing UNITAR’s e-Learning Experience
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  • 1. By Zaid Ali Alsagoff Head, Research and Development, UNITAR [email_address] Sharing UNITAR’s e-Learning Experience
  • 2. Contents <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>UNITAR’s Hybrid e-Learning Model </li></ul><ul><li>UNITAR’s Courseware Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Tips on Making e-Learning Work </li></ul>UNITAR’s experience with its course management system, tutorials (e.g. Online and face-to-face tutorials, online forums), Virtual Library, Customer Relations Management, Study Centers are not discussed in this presentation.
  • 3. Introduction <ul><li>University Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) is a premier e-learning university established in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>It pioneers a hybrid environment, combining the best from the e-learning and conventional approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>UNITAR’s philosophy: </li></ul>To provide quality education at an affordable fee with emphasis on skill development through the use of state-of-the-art technology.
  • 4. UNITAR’s Hybrid E-Learning Model <ul><li>Six (6) major components: </li></ul><ul><li>Courseware – CD-based and web-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Course Management System - Virtual Online Instructional Support System (VOISS) </li></ul><ul><li>Tutorials – Online/face-to-face tutorials and online forums. </li></ul><ul><li>Study Centers – Classrooms, workstations, library, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Library – Online databases, electronic texts, staff publications, e-books, past exam papers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Relations Management – Online/Offline support to students (and staff) facing academic, technical and personal problems (e.g. telephone, fax, emails, chat). </li></ul>
  • 5. UNITAR’s Hybrid E-Learning Model
  • 6. UNITAR’s Courseware Experience <ul><li>The major premise of courseware development in the beginning was that it must replace lectures . </li></ul><ul><li>Due to low Internet (and bandwidth) penetration in Malaysia in 1998, we decided to go for CD-based multimedia-enriched teaching courseware . Other advantages include the use heavy multimedia content (e.g. video, audio), more features and interactivity. </li></ul><ul><li>However, we soon realized that CD-based courseware: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>was too costly to produce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Took too long time to develop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Required a lot of manpower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to modify or update </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. UNITAR’s Courseware Experience <ul><li>In 2000 , after producing more than 300 CD-based titles and spending millions of US dollars (most costly e-learning component), UNITAR decided to go for a more cost-effective Web-based type of teaching courseware . Advantages include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster to develop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less manpower required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to modify and update </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Courseware <ul><li>In 2000 , after producing more than 300 CD-based titles and spending millions of US dollars (most costly e-learning component), UNITAR decided to go for a more cost-effective Web-based type of teaching courseware . Advantages include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster to develop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less manpower required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to modify and update </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. UNITAR’s Courseware Experience <ul><li>In 2002 , after 2 years of developing and experimenting with Web-based teaching courseware, it was decided to change or also develop a resource-based (More text, less graphics) type of courseware, due to several reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce development cost, manpower, and time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended by students and facilitators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More appropriate for Master degree students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to access on a dial-up connection </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Courseware <ul><li>In 2002 , after 2 years of developing and experimenting with Web-based teaching courseware, it was decided to change or also develop resource-based type of courseware, due to several reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced development cost and time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires less manpower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended by students and facilitators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More appropriate for Higher degree students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to access on a dial-up connection </li></ul></ul>
  • 11. UNITAR’s Courseware Experience <ul><li>In 2004 , we are in the process of moving towards a more reusable learning object development approach , which is inline with global e-learning standards (e.g. SCORM). </li></ul><ul><li>We are empowering facilitators or course leaders with easy-to-use authoring, content management and publishing tools (e.g. Breeze Presentation, RoboDemo). </li></ul><ul><li>The Courseware Department provides support (e.g. graphics, templates, tips, guidelines) and training/workshops (e.g. instructional design) to facilitators, subject matter experts, and course leaders. </li></ul>
  • 12. Courseware
  • 13. UNITAR’s Courseware Experience <ul><li>By enabling the facilitators or course leaders to create themselves attractive flash-based presentations with audio and simple quizzes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More learning objects can be created in less time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less costly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less manpower is required </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to update and modify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lectures can actually be replaced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality Control committee will monitor and evaluate content developed or under development. </li></ul><ul><li>By January 2005 , all course lectures will be accessible online, to view/download anytime, anywhere. </li></ul>
  • 14. Tips on Making e-learning Work <ul><li>Quality e-Learning should inspire students. A few key ingredients: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blended Learning - combine e-learning with classroom activities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine asynchronous learning (e.g. courseware, forum) with synchronous learning (e.g. web-conferencing, chat). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve everyone in decision-making (including students  ). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen and learn from students’ (and lecturers’) views, opinions, suggestions and ideas. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The course and content management system must be stable, reliable, scalable, and easy-to-use/ access . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course content should be printer-friendly and downloadable . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality facilitators/lecturers that are educated, experienced, enthusiastic, dedicated, and comfortable using all the e-learning systems and features. </li></ul></ul>
  • 15. Tips on Making e-learning Work <ul><li>Deal with problems head on ! Celebrate problems! Identifying, understanding, communicating, discussing and solving problems, is a major key to success in e-learning. </li></ul>“ For every problem there is opportunity for Improvement. If we enjoy dealing with problems as much as we do with success, e-Learning will be a wonderful adventure and success. ” (Zaid Ali Alsagoff)
  • 16. The End Thank You!
  • 17. Let’s Discuss  Q &amp; A

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