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Message from the head of e-learning

Welcome to the E-Learning Unit of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) or known as UNEP. UNEP was set up in June 2014 to manage all e-learning affairs in UMS. UNEP moves in tandem with the MOE’s (Ministry of Education) goals to modernise and support learning and teaching in public universities (UA) in Malaysia.

The Ministry of Education’s Malaysian Education Blueprint (PPPM) (Higher Education) 2015-2025 was launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia together with Minister of Education Malaysia on 7 April 2015. The PPPM highlights 10 big ideas for the development of higher education in public universities in Malaysia. Big idea No. 9 Globalised Online Learning (GOL) emphasises on the importance of MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and blended learning in all university courses offered by UAs in Malaysia.

The KPI (Key Performance Index) for blended learning set by MOE for all courses offered by UMS in 2015 is 30%. On top of that, UMS must develop and offer three university courses to be offered as national MOOC in 2015. Besides that, UMS must also develop 20 courses annually in OER (Open Educational Resources) format to be deployed on the OCW platform.

Based on all the e-learning KPIs and challenges, UNEP will move forward to mobilise UMS lecturers and provide support for all the work that need to be done. Among the services offered to UMS lecturers are:

  • Provide training on how to use a basic Learning Management System (LMS) platform preferably on SmartUMS, a moodle platform.
  • Provide training on e-learning content creation to help lecturers to create learning materials on SmartUMS
  • Provide training on Web 2.0 technology to enhance learning and teaching for lecturers.
  • Provide e-learning audit services to gauge the percentage of blended learning in all UMS courses.
  • Provide content development support for the development of MOOC and OER courses.

Beside lecturers, UMS students will also be trained on the use of SmartUMS via online modules.

UNEP will also lead in initiating collaborations between UMS and other e-learning Partners from other universities in areas related to e-learning researches. UNEP had also initiated effort to enhance e-learning publications for UMS lecturers by establishing an e-learning journal known as International Journal on E-Learning Practices (IJELP) (ISSN: 2289-4926). IJELP is published annually. I hereby invite all UMS lecturers who have e-learning related researches to send manuscripts to IJELP for publications.

Thank you for reading my message.

Sincerely

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR. TAN CHOON KEONG
Head of UNEP