Hybrid Learning and Digital Tools: The Possibilities

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Prof. Dr Abtar Kaur

Prof Dr. Abtar has more than 25 years of teaching and leadership experience at distinguished learning institutions in Malaysia and Dubai. She is currently a Professor of Innovative Digital Learning at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation, Malaysia. As the Director of the Digital Learning Hub at APU, she was recently nominated as UNESCO Chair for Teacher Development using Innovative Technologies. Over the past 25 years, Prof Abtar has provided community service, consultancy and training under the auspices of World Bank, UNESCO, UNDP, and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to educators worldwide. She has published widely in international publication. She is also an active member of the Malaysian Yoga Academy and the Fulbright Alumni Association of Malaysia.

Learning Design and Technologies for Hybrid Learning Environments

The confusion and chaos brought upon by COVID-19 took the world by storm, forcing every industry to rethink the way it operates. The connective technologies that we once took for granted, now emerged as the only viable tools to connect with the intended end users. The field of education was not immune to the challenges wrought upon by the pandemic as thousands of schools, colleges, universities, training institutes, and laboratories closed, and millions of students were forced into lockdown. The silver lining remains that human are a resilient bunch. Throw us a challenge, yet collectively, we have the power, skills, intelligence, and creativity to devise solutions that help us transcend as a community. To preserve the continuity of learning, educational institutions began to incorporate instructional and communication technologies into learning. The goal is to connect teachers to students, support the delivery of learning content to them, and facilitate students’ engagement, learning, and program assessment. Besides, it gave students the option to attend physical classes, when possible, or following classes remotely. This gave rise to hybrid learning, which in turn, called upon academics, officials, and learning experts to define the different teaching and learning designs, technologies, and guidelines for its successful implementation.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Dorothy DeWitt

AP Dr Dorothy DeWitt is an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Instructional Technology Department, Universiti Malaya and a recipient of the Endeavour Executive Fellowship from the government of Australia. She has been doing research in instructional design, new pedagogies, collaborative mobile learning and problem solving. She was also the consultant in projects related to curriculum acceptance and 21st century learning. Her accolades include winning the awards for teaching innovations including Best Immersive Learning Showcase at iLRN2020 (International).

Creative Digital Pedagogies: Strategies for Engaging the 21st Century Learners

Digital creativity is highly cherished in the 21st century as it ensures the sustainability of the nation and the economy. The traditional approaches and work culture in almost every field of work have been replaced with solutions and ideas requiring digital creativity. Hence, creative digital pedagogies are important to prepare our students with future skills for their workplace and engage them in learning. However, teachers may need to be prepared for teaching with digital tools. In this session, some strategies for engaging the 21st century learners with creative digital pedagogy are discussed. Suggestions for digital tools and applications include mobile applications for collaborative learning and virtual reality. It is hoped that teachers are better prepared with creative digital pedagogies to be able to foster digital creativity among their students.

Asst. Prof. Dr Sharon Wilson

Asst Prof. Dr Sharon is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Creative Industries, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and currently chairs the Center for Media and Communication Research. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, MA in Journalism and BA in Translation and Interpretation. Her recent research is rooted in exploration of the new media environment with interactions between media and society. Her research foci are women and crime.

Digital Tools and Strategies to Build Rapport with Students ln Online Learning

What was deemed ‘normal’ yesterday is not ‘normal’ today. Educators are often concerned with “how” to use the appropriate apps, “what” content should be delivered to cover the syllabus, “which” assessment method to employ for assessing students’ learning outcomes. But are we forgetting something? Building a rapport with students in which both parties feel supported and understood can make a huge difference. In this webinar, Dr Sharon Wilson will share these strategies she uses to engage her students digitally: Availability, Responsiveness and Reliability, Effectiveness, Knowledge, Advocacy, Care and Concern.

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