By Prof. Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof, Director, Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
With the challenges in the 21st Century, academics are urged by various stakeholders to prepare students to become holistic graduates for the coming era of Industrie 4.0. The 2016 World Economic Forum report predicted that the top skills required in 2020 includes various thinking skills and positive attitudes. How can academics infuse the development of these essential skills and qualities, while helping students learn the required concepts at a deep level, when engaging them can be a big challenge?
This workshop is specifically designed for academics to design and implement an effective 21st Century learning environment using various simple techniques in a systematic and scholarly approach to engage and support students in learning to develop the required skills and attitudes. Academics will also be introduced to the possibility of expanding innovative teaching and learning innovations into scholarly pursuits that can lead to research and publication to promote the knowledge and inspire others. The knowledge imparted in this workshop is crucial for supporting students in attaining more complex skills, such as life-long learning and problem solving, that are crucial for survival in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This workshop has been conducted in numerous institutions of higher learning throughout Malaysia, and in various countries throughout the world such as Korea, India, China, Pakistan, Afghanistan (under a World Bank project) and Colombia.
Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof is a Professor and the Director of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Centre for Engineering Education (CEE), which promotes scholarly and evidence-based practices in engineering education. She is the President for the Society of Engineering Education Malaysia (SEEM), Vice President for the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and board member for the International Research in Engineering Education Network (REEN). A practitioner and researcher of student centered learning approaches, she has been an invited speaker and conducted workshops throughout Malaysia and Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Her work in engineering education won her several awards, including the 2015 Frank Morton Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Global Award for Chemical Engineering Education Excellence.
Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), and is a fellow in the UTM Centre for Engineering Education. A practitioner of problem-based learning (PBL), he regularly conducts courses to train academics in effective implementation of student-centered learning techniques. Prior to joining UTM, he worked as an engineer in industries, such as INTEL and SIME-DARBY. He was a plenary speaker at the inaugural ASEE International Forum in 2012 and at the International Workshop on Innovative Engineering Education in November 2013 in Korea. He won the best paper award at the 2011 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference in Amman, Jordan, and two gold medals in the i-PHEX 2014 Innovative Practices in Higher Education Exposition. His research areas are on student centered learning, problem solving in engineering, manufacturing systems and optimization, and systems dynamic modelling.
Mohammad Tazli Azizan is a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). Graduated his PhD from Imperial College, he is then appointed as the Head for Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL) at UTP, championing the student-centered learning (SCL) pedagogy initiatives at the institution. He is actively promoting the changes from teacher-led to SCL for the past 3 years, adopting technology enhanced informal and formal cooperative learning, flipped classroom, online learning and problem based learning (PBL). Additionally, he is the office bearer for Society of Engineering Education Malaysia (SEEM) from 2016. He has been awarded the Effective Education Delivery Award during the UTP Quality Day 2009 and 2015 and also won the National Outstanding Educator Award under Engineering Education Category from Koperasi Pendidikan Swasta Berhad in 2016. He has been invited to several conferences and symposiums to be the plenary speaker in Malaysia and Philippines, and also actively trained the educators from various institutions on student centered learning. The SCL training and development led by him at UTP has been shortlisted as the finalist for the IChemE Malaysia Award in 2017. He is passionate in doing research related to nurturing values and deep learning in engineering education via different SCL approaches. Additionally, he is also actively doing research on catalytic reaction engineering, biofuels and biochemical production.
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