Got up early at 6am.
Made a stop at UM. Stayed at UM office until 8am.
Then drove to OUM.
Parked somewhere illegally as there is NO PARKING.
Walked to Kenanga room at Block D.
Was there at 830am. Super early coz the TEA TALK started at 930.
Anyway, good chance to scan the place. There was someone earlier, Prof. something walker (i think) but name sounds so familiar from Indiana University. It was a room meant for training and workshops. The room is sound proof. Lots of glass windows and extremely cold when the air-condition was switched on.
People started coming in. Saw the Speaker of the 3-hours and Prof. Z.
okay moving on to the content: Quality Assurance for e-learning / distance learning
I am going to list the things that I remembered during the talk (and not referring to the notes)
1. In Japan, China and Korea, the people are now dealing with this issue: declining educational standards
Why? There are instances when students are not remembering what is being taught when it comes to learning via online, extensive usage of internet which lead students to addiction and illegal activities – online e.g. hacking, pornography, prostitution
2. In Korea, stars – actors / singers are used as the product endorsement for e-learning. it is like if actor X can take this course via online, meaning this course is worth taking
3. In Japan and Korea, most of the adult learners which takes course via-online are house wives (whom majority has already a degree)
4. QA is important to legitimate the learning outcome and the validity and reliability of the course.
5. Korea has 95 criteria for QA in e-learning. GASP!! Beat that!
6. Some institutions would want to obtain QA from other countries to ensure they get the students from the other countries and also the countries funding.
7. I find these Models from
Ehlers (2003) — click on his name to read more — and
Ehlers (2004) interesting
8. In a survey conducted by Prof. Insung, she found out that
there are 6 items deemed as extremely important to LEARNERS
– reliable technology infrastructure ( i so extremely agree )
– well documented security measures (e.g. password protection, back-up systems)
– qualified faculty and staff
– well structured course materials
– periodic review of courses/course materials
– timely feedback to students assignments and questions ( i so extremely agree )
there are 5 items as LESS IMPORTANT to LEARNERS
– traditional communications (telephone, fax, post etc)
– strong leadership in the e-learning institutions
– collaborative learning tasks ( surprised! — maybe for adult learners)
– access to physical library resources
– review of opinions from external stakeholders such as alumni, government, parents, and employers.
The ones which I highlighted in RED gets my attention.