2-day Workshop on 21st Learning for Engaging Millennials in Higher Education
By Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof, PhD and Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan, PhD
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.
Brief Bio of speakers
Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof, PhD
Professor and Director, Centre for Engineering Education
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
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.
Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan, PhD
Centre for Engineering Education
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
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.