WOU s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Delivery System. by Prof. Dato Dr. Sinn-Chye Ho Vice-Chancellor & CEO

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1 WOU s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Delivery System by Prof. Dato Dr. Sinn-Chye Ho Vice-Chancellor & CEO 6 October 2015

2 My Talking Points Brief introduction about WOU WOU s ODL model for delivering higher education to working adults nation wide Online e-learning development road map

3 Welcome to Wawasan Open University KUCHING

4 About WOU A private not-for-profit open (ODL) university dedicated to teaching working adult learners. Established and registered in August 2006 First intake of 721 students in January 2007 pursuing 11 undergraduate degree programs About 15,800 students have since experienced learning in an ODL environment with WOU Up until 2014, 903 1st-degree students and 391 postgraduate students have graduated.

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7 Technology Mediated Learning Support Services Course material & textbook (Self-paced study) Face-to-face tutorials Blended Mode (Main campus and RC s ) WawasanLearn (LMS) Online tutorials and Facebook Support Groups (Virtual Tutorials)

8 e-course MATERIALS Designed for self-learning Mixed media courseware Unlimited access to digital library resources (24x7) Collection of reference books 8

9 The e-course materials are Easy to use Interactive Award winning materials Delivered in readily downloadable PDF files Each course comprises A course guide 5 study units Commonwealth of Learning (COL, Canada) Award of Excellence for Distance Education Materials

10 Study Unit Structure Each Study Unit has: An overview Learning outcomes 2 5 sections with built-in activities Self assessment quizzes and tests Video viewing, etc. A unit summary

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12 WawasanLearn is the Learning Management System of WOU.

13 Electronic resources are accessible 24/7 to distance learners regardless of location. Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Library

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15 To instill in all students, tutors and staff of WOU the culture and value of honest writing!

16 Number of Course Coordinators (CC), Tutors and ODL Students involved in the July 2015 Semester CC 47* * Includes 2 Adjunct CCs Tutors 360 (Activated) Total no. of tutors in WOU registry: 1599 ODL Students 4600 Total number of ODL courses offered in July 2015 semester = 156

17 E-Learning Development Road Map Phasing out of production of printed course materials Producing digitized course materials on CD-ROMs Providing recommended textbooks for free Current Initiatives Course materials delivered in portable PDF format Increasing use of OERs in course content Development of MOOC courses Enhancing WawasanLearn features and learning resources Ensuring adequate digital bandwidth and network stability

18 e-course Materials Teaching and Learning Global E-Learning Mainstream Web 2.0 & 3.0 tools and Education 3.0 OER and MOOC 21 st Century Education Online chats Social networking and media sharing OER & FOSS** MOOC Student centered Inquiry based Interactive learning modules, activities Customizable lessons WOU s ODL Environment ** OER = Open Educational Resources FOSS = Free and Open Source Software MOOC = Massive Open Online Courses

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23 To remain relevant in this 21 st century, e-teachers need training too! Workshop on how to produce a Screencast

24 The road ahead: Challenges and Issues to be worked out

25 WOU Overseas Initiatives Universities International Centre for Academics, Kathmandu, Nepal Symbiosis Society for Distance Learning, Pune, India Open University of Mauritius, Moka, Mauritius National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria Educational Consulting & Guidance Services, Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia President s University, West Java, Cikarang, Indonesia Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Botswana Delivery Partnership Types of collaboration Delivery partnership offering WOU s programs in India on a revenue sharing basis Courseware licensing Joint degree programs Program licensing Collaboration in research degree programmes Delivery partnership Collaboration on capacity building to help offer ODL programs Licensing of WOU programs

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