i-TEACH Symposium & Workshop 2018 (Aug 1-2 2018)

ADEPT will be organising our annual i-TEACH Symposium & Workshop 2018 on the 1st and 2nd of Aug 2018. This is a 2-day event to cultivate innovative teaching and learning strategies amongst academics.

The objectives of this symposium and workshop are to:

1. enculturate innovation and design activities in teaching and learning
2. create a platform for discussions, networking, and collaboration among educators
3. promote the trend and forthcoming of technology-enhanced teaching and learning cultures

This event is proudly co-hosted and sponsored by IDEAL (Institute for Digital Education And Learning).

Day 1

Talks by invited speakers & round-table sessions

For this year’s i-TEACH Symposium, we are honored to have 3 invited speakers who are experts in their field coming to share their knowledge and lead discussions in the areas of innovating teaching and learning.

Day 1 will consist of talks by our invited panel of speakers in the morning, followed by round-table sessions where participants will engage in a discussion on set topics with the panel of speakers as facilitators.

Our panel of speakers:

Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi
Chief Information Officer / Director,
Centre for Teaching and Learning Technologies,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Talk: “Engaging Gen-Z Using Mobile Web Tools”
Today we are facing with a new generation known as Gen-Z. How is Gen-Z different from Gen-Y? What do educators need to know in order to engage Gen-Z? How does Gen-Z prefer to learn? These are some of the questions that we need to explore if we want our students to experience a more engaging and meaningful learning experience known as Learning 3.0. This talk is designed to explore y selected mobile tools that can be used to engage Gen-Z in meaningful learning.

Roundtable Session Topic:
Engaging Gen-Z: Where should we draw the line?

Associate Professor Dr. Alyani Ismail
Deputy Director (Teaching and Learning Innovation),
Centre for Academic Development (CADe),
University Putra Malaysia

Talk: “Born Scientists: Reverting to Nature to Nurture STEM Education”
Experts in many disciplines mostly agree that there is a national imperative to graduate students with a thorough understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM.) It can be concluded that the nation’s capacity to innovate and thrive in the modern workforce depends on a foundation of math and science learning. To reach thorough understanding of STEM, it is never too early to start. Kids are born scientists. They experiment, they play, by and large, they are doing things that are destructive. That is what exploration is all about. It takes curiosity and action. Sometimes exploration ends up as expected, most of the time it does not and this leads to more exploration. This notion is the essence to nurture the interest in STEM Education, by acknowledging that “Kids Are Born Scientists” and value the inquisitive nature of kids. Creativity that STEM education seeks will come into the picture with more exploration the kids have. The activities that lead to creativity are an important capability that should be held to competitive standards in the 21st century quest for knowledge and skills. Therefore, methods and strategy in STEM education shall be revisited and redesign to allow for ways of thinking about how educators and parents should be helping students integrate knowledge across disciplines, encouraging them to think in a more connected and holistic way. This includes giving the students chance to investigate ideas in a variety of settings in what educators call cross-contextual learning.

Round-table Session Topic:
Student-centered classrooms: To lecture or not to lecture?

Dr. Vorasuang (Michael) Duangchinda
Office of Online Education,
Sripatum University Thailand

Talk: Technology Enhanced Learning: What’s the Tools?”
Education is an evolving art. There are always emerging pedagogical approach and new practices to make teaching and learning a much more interesting process. It is perhaps a highest aspiration for how an instructor engages the learners effectively, thus the learners learn better with real intrinsic motivation. The question is how to do that? Technology enhanced learning could be one of a most effective ways helping the instructors to facilitate the learners better in a fun and truly engaging way. This talk will highlight a possible model of free Technology Enhanced Learning tools in there phases, before the class, at the classroom, and after the class.

Round-table Session Topic:
Educational innovations beyond technology

Day 2

Parallel workshops by invited facilitators

Day 2 will consist of 6 different workshop topics facilitated by invited trainers. The workshop topics have been curated to provide participants with valuable knowledge on different ways to innovate their teaching and learning strategies. Workshops are offered in the morning and in the afternoon. Participants may select two of their preferred workshops to attend.


List of Workshops:
  • Alternative Assessment for Education 4.0
    (Trainer: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Amin, UKM)
    Educators nowadays have realized the importance of exploring alternative assessment instead of relying only on traditional assessment methods. However, many are still not clear why, what and how alternative assessment can be successfully implemented at the higher education level. This workshop is designed to help participants explore the ‘why, what and how’ of alternative assessment in the context of Education 4.0.


  • Heutagogy: The Art of Engaging the Digital Native
    (Trainer: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Amin, UKM)
    Today’s educators are constantly developing the skills students need to compete in the global economy. But what are the characteristics or skills needed to be an effective 21st century educator? Fundamentally, this entails the need for educators to be aware that they are now dealing with a new 21st century learners –Digital Natives – who have different priorities and ways of learning. The problem is that most educators are still teaching the way they were taught in the past. Hence, there is a need to revisit the traditional conception of teaching often referred to as Pedagogy and Andragogy. It is time that we explore new ways to redesign learning so that it is relevant to the growing challenges of preparing our students to function in tomorrow’s world. This can be done by first understanding who the Digital Natives are and how they have become self-determined learners. This new knowledge is called Heutagogy and should be mastered by all educators especially at the higher education level if they desire to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences for the Digital Natives.


  • Technology Enhanced Learning Tools: Hand-on session
    (Trainer: Dr. Vorasuang (Michael) Duangchinda, Sripatum University Thailand)
    This workshop will demonstrates how to use and administrate Technology Enhanced Learning tools from the model as proposed during my talk session.
    Participants are encouraged to bring along their laptop and mobile phone (or tablet).
    – Internet connection is required.
    – Gmail account is recommended.


  • Introduction to Active Learning
    (Trainer: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nurhayati Mellon, UTP)
    Have you ever felt discourage seeing your students falling asleep, or diverting their attention to their gadgets during your class?  Perhaps you have been wondering why it is difficult for you to engage and motivate students to learn? Or perhaps you have been asking the questions on how can you help your students to maximize their learning?
    This two-hours workshop will give you an overview of active learning, and how it can help you to improve and maximise the students learning. Learn how to engage students effectively, and how to create the conducive environment for learning for all students. Get to know the simple, yet effective technique in engaging students, and the important aspects that must be considered for learning to happen.


  • Introduction to Problem-based Learning (PBL): Supporting Students to be Resilient Self-directed Learners
    (Trainer: Prof. Dr. Khairiyah & Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi, UTM)
    The challenges in the 21st Century presents uncertainties that are unpredictable.  The world requires human talents who are self-directed learners, those able and not afraid to learn and relearn, to adapt to the fast-changing technology, knowledge and skills requirements to remain relevant and competitive.  Problem-based Learning (PBL) has been shown to effectively develop self-directed learning skills and resilience among students, as well as problem solving. Although PBL is a powerful approach for encouraging deep learning and the development of a multitude of difficult to develop professional skills and attitude, it is highly student-centered, which makes it challenging to implement in an educational setting that have been traditionally teacher-centered.  This interactive workshop provides a brief overview of PBL and the different models available. Systematic steps on how to support students to successfully undergo PBL in a team through Cooperative Problem-based Learning (CPBL) in a typical classroom setting will be included. Participants will also be facilitated to undergo CPBL during the workshop to experience the learning process.


  • Gamification with G-Suite
    (Trainer: Mr. Steven Sutantro, Jakarta Indonesia)
    This highly interactive session will engage participants to develop an essential understanding of gamification, a practical application of game elements for non-game situations, to maximize engagement and enjoyment in learning. Over the course of the this workshop, participants will learn gamification components through completing series of competitive online challenges in the fast-pace gamified experiences like ‘The Amazing Race’, a reality show in which teams travel around the world to find clues and take challenges until they finish the race. In each stage of challenge, participants will uncover potential features of G Suites and various educational technology tools in designing gamification for learning to engage different types of learners and give them an opportunity to succeed. Throughout the workshop, participants will gain immersive learning experiences that promote collaborative discovery, recognize progress, and reward achievement. This fun and mind-stimulating workshop will help participants tremendously developing these soft skills: self-confidence, collaboration, critical thinking, the ability of thinking-out of the box, interpersonal communication, and creative problem solving skills. With different examples of gamification model and guided learning approach, participants will gain valuable opportunity to develop their own gamification prototype with G Suites to introduce new topics, teach new concept and skills and meet learning outcomes.
Event Details
Full schedule (pdf) can be downloaded here:
Day 1
Event Date: August 1, 2018
Venue: e-Theatre, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University Cyberjaya
9am – 1pm : Talks
2pm – 2.30pm : Opening Ceremony
2.30pm – 5pm : Round-table Sessions
Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
*UPDATE: Round-table sessions are FULL, but you can still register to attend the talks in the morning*
Kindly note that registration is separated by day and participants need to attend the full day to gain 8 hours of Blended Learning training hours.
Day 2
Event Date: August 2, 2018
Venue: Multimedia University Cyberjaya (Kindly refer to full schedule for individual workshop venues)
9am – 5.30pm
Registration is on a first come, first served basis.
Kindly note that registration is separated by day and participants need to attend the full day to gain 8 hours of Blended Learning training hours.
Workshop Facilitators
Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi
Centre for Teaching and Learning Technologies,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi is a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a leading a consultant, expert and master trainer on e-Learning in Malaysia and in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy’s Training of Master Trainers Programme, he has conducted more than 200 specialized training on e-Learning, interactive lecture, e-content development, Web 2.0, OER and MOOC. He is also a strong proponent of Open Educational Resources and an active contributor of Web 2.0 resources.

His recent publication entitled ‘Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series’ has recorded more than 1.5 million ‘reads’ in Scrbd.com and Slideshare.net. A Web 2.0 mobile application that he has developed known as JiT2U (Just-in-time Training 2U) has also attracted educators from more than 115 countries worldwide. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the Director, Centre of Teaching and Learning Technologies, UKM. For his outstanding and significant work in education, he has received numerous prestigious international awards including the Open Education for Excellence Individual Educator Award 2016 and the Open Education for Excellence Open MOOC Award 2016 (from the Open Education Consortium) as well as the Excellence in Distance Education Award 2016 (from the Commonwealth of Learning). In 2010, the received the prestigious ISESCO Prize for Science and Technology (for e-Learning Technology). He has also received several national awards including the National Academic Award 2006 (Teaching Innovation), the Muslim Outstanding Award 2008 (Education), the Malaysia Achievement Award 2012 (Outstanding Achievements in Education Category), the Higher Education e-Learning Personality 2014 and the Higher Education Best e-Learning Facilitator 2014.

Dr. Vorasuang (Michael) Duangchinda
Office of Online Education,
Sripatum University Bangkok, Thailand

The Model Lecturer: Technology Enhanced Learning

(Office of the Higher Education Commission)

More: http://linkedin.com/in/vorasuang

Prof. Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof
Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi
Director & Associate Member,
Centre for Engineering Education (CEE)
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Professor Dr. Khairiyah is the Director of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre for Engineering Education, President for Society of Engineering Education Malaysia and Vice President for International Federation of Engineering Education Societies. A practitioner and researcher of student-centered learning practices, she was invited to speak throughout Malaysia and several countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, South and North America. She is on the Editorial Boards of several journals, such as the Journal of Engineering Education, European Journal of Engineering Education and Journal of PBL in Higher Education. She won many awards including the SPEED Mentoring Award at the 2017 Global Students Forum and 2015 Frank Morton IChemE Global Award for Chemical Engineering Education Excellence.

Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi is a senior lecturer Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and is affiliated to the UTM Centre for Engineering Education. Prior to joining UTM, he worked as an engineer in Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia, INTEL and SIME-DARBY. A practitioner of student centred learning approaches, he conducted workshops to train academics in Malaysia and international institutions in China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and Afghanistan. He has won several awards, including the Diamond Award for Best Paper at the 2005 UNESCO Engineering Education Asia Pacific Conference on Engineering Education in Thailand and the Best Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference in Jordan. His recent works include SCL, change management and complex problem-solving.

Mr. Steven Sutantro
Google Certified Trainer,
Jakarta Indonesia
Steven is a passionate Google Certified Trainer, Apple Teacher, Google Earth Education Expert, TED Ed Innovative Educator, National Geographic Certified Educator with a strong desire to empower students and educators to use various digital technology in education. Specialize in managing educational technology professional development, curriculum, and community with excellent communication, writing, digital media skills for maximizing collaboration among group of students and teachers. Graduated from Teachers College, Pelita Harapan University, Karawaci, Indonesia, Steven has extensive seven years of teaching and training students and educators in multiple international and local schools and universities in Indonesia.

Assoc Prof. Dr. Nurhayati Mellon
Head, Academic Central Services,
Universiti Teknologi Petronas
Nurhayati Mellon is an Associate Professor from the Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). She is currently appointed as the Head of Academic Central Services in UTP. She completed her PhD from UTP in 2012, in the area of gas separation using high gravitational force. She was appointed the Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering (Undergraduate) in 2014. It was during this tenure that her passion in Engineering Education started. One of her mission during her tenure as Deputy Head, Chemical Engineering is to provide excellent and meaningful learning experience to students and shaping students to meet the demand of the 21st Century. She becomes the certified trainer for Active Learning at UTP, which allows her to become one of the reference point for active learning initiatives, thus supports the shift towards students centered learning at the department level. She has presented her paper on engineering education during the Regional Conference in Engineering Education (RCEE) in 2016, and World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), in 2017. In 2017, she is appointed as the Head, Academic Central Services, a unit that is responsible for the execution of academic related processes in UTP. Nurhayati was awarded the Effective Education Delivery Award during the UTP Quality Day in 2002, 2006 and 2012. Apart from her passion Engineering Education, Nurhayati is also actively involved in research related to CO2 capture, especially in the area of CO2 capture using adsorbent.