Thursday, August 13, 2009

ICI9 in KL


I was privileged to attend the OUM-organized Ninth International Conference on Information (also referred to as ICI9) with the theme “Learning Innovations in Higher Education” at The Legend Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. Dates: August 12-13, 2009. Actually, I would have liked to present a paper at this conference – but I missed the deadline for abstract submission – and so I had to be contented to being a participant only. Even so, I am glad to say I was active in most of the panel discussions that took place.

The panel discussions on Wednesday – at least those that I attended – were really not up to mark – save one session, i.e. “Widening Access for Education: Proposing a Conceptual Model for Integrated Open Distance Learning (ODL) on Demand” – a 5-member group effort under the leadership of OUM Associate Professor Dr. Lim Tick Meng. I have asked for the PowerPoint slides.

Today, the panel discussions were much-improved, and one that I particularly enjoyed was Indranee Liew’s “Utilising the Multi-Dimensional Nature of the Internet to Develop Effective E-Teaching and E-Learning Tasks that Engage Students in Higher Order Learning”. Indranee is from Disted College, Penang, and she knows HELP's Dr. Goh Chee Leong.

My other grouse is that the panel discussions were only of 20 minutes duration per session – far too short to be really informative or to allow a Q&A session that is not so rushed. The organizer could perhaps, consider 40 minutes the next time. Anyway, I did immensely enjoyed all three keynote addresses.
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I saw some familiar faces – in particular, ex-HICT colleagues Rohidah and Jimmy Teo. It’s a small world, after all. But as is usual in these Conferences, we get to know people, e.g. Danny Chng and Dr. Tina Lim from OUM, Vijaya Malar Arumugan from Berjaya University College of Hospitality, and Hasnuddin Ab Rahman from Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor. Still I cannot deny that I have learned from this Conference; and overall, it is interesting and useful too.

Talking about conferences, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the PowerPoint slides that I presented at the University of Hertfordshire's 2009 Blended Learning Conference in June are featured on this webpage http://www.herts.ac.uk/fms/documents/teaching-and-learning/blu/conference2009/Session_24_Ong.pdf.. I prepared these slides, and so, it's great to see that this 'work' is available on the Web.

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