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Cabaran Pembelajaran Online – Cadangan Mengatasinya

Pembelajaran online

Pembelajaran online mula digunakan seiring dengan perkembangan internet. Istilah pembelajaran online sering dikaitkan dengan istilah-istilah seperti e-pembelajaran (e-learning), pembelajaran jarak jauh (PJJ) dan sebagainya. Pembelajaran online adalah sama seperti pembelajaran biasa yang melibatkan komunikasi antara tenaga pengajar dengan pelajar tetapi yang membezakannya ialah mereka tidak bertemu secara bersemuka malah bertemu melalui ruang maya. Selain itu, penilaian dan pemantauan oleh tenaga pengajar juga dilakukan seperti pembelajaran biasa.

Susulan dari penularan wabak Covid-19 pada masa kini, pembelajaran online kini diperluaskan dan kebanyakkannya (dari Institut Pengajian Tinggi ke Institut Latihan Kemahiran) sehingga penghujung tahun 2020 ini.  Namun begitu, terdapat beberapa cabaran dalam mengaplikasikan pembelajaran online ini.

Cabaran pembelajaran online – pelajar

1.      Capaian kepada kemudahan internet

Program perisian dan sambungan ke internet adalah aspek yang paling penting dalam kelas dalam talian ini. Pelajar perlu membeli perisian terkini untuk mengakses program dalam talian mereka, atau membayar tambahan untuk menaik taraf ke internet berkelajuan tinggi. Ini mungkin menyukarkan pelajar yang kurang berkemampuan untuk belajar secara berkesan kerana kekurangan kemudahan akses internet berbanding dengan mereka yang mampu membeli segala perisian serta internet berkelajuan tinggi.

2.      Tiada kemudahan komputer/telefon bimbit

Bagi pelajar yang kurang berkemampuan, yang tiada kemudahan gajet ini pasti menyukarkan mereka untuk mengikuti segala pembelajaran dalam talian yang diusahakan oleh para pengajar dan seterusnya akan menyebabkannya ketinggalan berbanding rakan-rakan yang lain.

3.      Suasana pembelajaran yang tidak kondusif untuk belajar. 

Bagi pelajar yang kurang berkemampuan pasti menghadapi masalah ini apabila melaksanakan tugasan dari rumah.  Masalah ini meliputi suasana persekitaran yang bising, tempat yang sempit serta tiada meja dan kerusi yang sesuai.

Cabaran pembelajaran online - tidak kondusif

Cadangan untuk 1-3: Semua pelajar patut diberi pilihan untuk pulang ke kampus dan bukannya cuma 5 kategori pelajar yang dibenarkan (termasuk pelajar tahun akhir atau pelajar penyelidikan).
Ataupun Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kementerian Sumber Manusia bantu dari segi pemberian/subsidi komputer/gajet yang diperlukan untuk pembelajaran efektif (cara ini tak begitu praktikal kerana ia makan belanja kerajaan yang banyak)

4.      Keberkesanan pembelajaran          

Pembelajaran online juga tidak mendisiplin pelajar dan bersikap sambil lewa kerana pembelajaran adalah mengikut kesesuaian masa mereka. Seterusnya, tenaga pengajar tidak akan tahu akan kemampuan para pelajarnya kerana tidak bersemuka dan berbincang secara perseorangan. 
Komunikasi juga tidak berkesan semasa pembentangan online kerana mungkin kelajuan internet tidak begitu memuaskan.

Cadangan: Pengajar perlu tegas dalam menetapkan masa pembelajaran online, khasnya untuk subjek-subjek tertentu yang memerlukan interaksi pengajar/pelajar atau pelajar/pelajar.
Pembentangan juga boleh dirakam melalui video terdahulu dan dihantar kepada pengajar kerana ia lebih berkesan.

5.      Penyalahgunaan Internet

Oleh kerana pembelajaran maya adalah berasaskan penggunaan internet, maka para pelajar akan terdedah dengan berbagai-bagai maklumat yang benar dan tidak benar, yang baik dan tidak baik yang disampaikan melalui internet.  Tidak dinafikan terdapat begitu banyak maklumat yang baik dan positif yang boleh dimanfaatkan oleh pelajar dalam meningkatkan ilmu dan pengetahuan mereka.  Namun demikian terdapat banyak perkara yang boleh melalaikan dan menyeronokkan terutamanya kepada golongan muda.  Diantaranya ialah permain games yang berbagai bentuk dan boleh dimuat turun secara percuma, juga online chatting yang membincangkan perkara-perkara yang tidak berfaedah seperti gossip, hiburan dan sebagainya.  Sekiranya para pelajar terlalu asyik dengan internet atau ketagihan internet, ia akan memberi kesan yang tidak baik terhadap hubungan sosial di dalam masyarakat.

How to Overcome Internet Addiction (with Pictures) - wikiHow

Cadangan: 1. Senaraikan perkara yang anda suka buat tetapi tidak dapat buat kerana masa tidak cukup kerana ketagihan internet.
2. Sediakan jadual pembelajaran serta masa berhibur (tak kira media sosial ataupun games) dan disiplinkan diri untuk mengikutinya.
3. Guna external stopper seperti jam loceng atau aplikasi@app tertentu yang akan menutup akses internet anda pada masa yang telah ditentukan.
4. Jauhi dari sebarang laman web, media sosial, aplikasi@app ataupun games tertentu yang anda tahu sudah menjadi tabiat anda.
5. Guna kad peringatan atau sticky note dan letak di tempat berdekatan/depan komputer/talian bimbit anda.
Mesej seperti: Saya tidak dapat main bola (sukan yang anda suka) sekiranya saya main PUBG online game melebihi xx jam.
6. Bersenam dapat menjadikan anda sihat, menaikkan mood anda, meningkatkan keyakinan diri, tidur lebih baik dsbgnya. Dengan banyak kelebihan ini, pasti anda tidak ingin terlepas dari bersenam kan? Ia dapat mengurangkan ketagihan internet anda.

Centre for Foundation Studies (CFS) - Universiti Tun Abdul Razak@Unirazak

Cabaran pengajaran online – pengajar

1.      Kepakaran tenaga pengajar menggunakan peralatan teknologi dan inovasi.

Dalam dunia yang serba moden ini, perkembangan teknologi sememangnya berkembang dengan pesatnya.  Justeru itu, pengajar perlu mengusai kaedah terbaik bagi penggunaan teknologi agar sesi pengajaran dan pembelajaran dapat sampai dengan berkesan kepada para pelajar. Namun, ia juga bergantung kepada infrastruktur Institusi Pendidikan/Kemahiran yang terlibat.

Contohnya, Universiti Tun Abdul Razak @ Unirazak adalah Universiti pertama di Malaysia yang melabur dan integrasikan Canvas* LMS dalam UNIRAZAK Online Experience @ platform UROX pada tahun 2018.
* Canvas adalah global leader in Learning Management Systems@LMS, di mana ia digunakan di lebih dari 3,000 buah universiti dan institusi di seluruh dunia.

Pengajaran & pembelajaran online melalui UROX - Universiti Tun Abdul Razak

2.      Capaian kepada kemudahan internet

Program perisian dan sambungan ke internet adalah aspek yang paling penting dalam kelas dalam talian ini. Pengajar perlu membeli perisian terkini untuk mengakses program dalam talian mereka, atau membayar tambahan untuk menaik taraf ke internet berkelajuan tinggi.  Mungkin, terdapat gangguan talian internet semasa pengajaran sedang dilakukan seterusnya menggangu proses penyampaian maklumat kepada para pelajar.

3.      Suasana pembelajaran yang tidak kondusif untuk mengajar

Seperti sedia maklum, para pengajar pasti menghadapi masalah ini apabila melaksanakan tugasan dari rumah.  Masalah ini meliputi suasana persekitaran yang bising, tempat yang sempit serta tiada meja dan kerusi yang sesuai.

Cabaran ini boleh dikatakan sudah tiada memandangkan rata-ratanya pengajar sudah boleh balik ke institusi masing-masing yang sepatutnya ada persekitaran yang kondusif.

4.      Pengajar terpaksa mengurus anak-anak di rumah

Bagi pengajar yang telah berkeluarga pula, terutama yang mempunyai anak kecil, pasti sedikit kesukaran apabila terpaksa mengurus anak-anak sambil mengajar.  Mereka perlu membuat jadual pengurusan yang betul agar sesi pengajaran berjalan lancar tanpa gangguan.

Cabaran ini juga rata-ratanya sudah dapat diatasi mulai 1hb Julai 2020, kecuali masih ada lagi yang bimbang untuk hantar anaknya ke prasekolah & tadika dan ibu bapa terpaksa bergilir-gilir jaga anak di rumah.

Cabaran pengajaran dan pembelajaran online di rumah

5.      Keberkesanan penyampaian dan pengajaran

Pembelajaran dan pengajaran secara online juga tidak mendisiplin pelajar dan bersikap sambil lewa kerana pembelajaran adalah mengikut kesesuaian masa mereka. Seterusnya, tenaga pengajar tidak akan tahu akan kemampuan para pelajarnya kerana tidak bersemuka dan berbincang secara perseorangan. Juga, pengajaran program kemahiran@TVET adalah terhad kerana cuma 30% sahaja adalah teori sementara selebihnya memerlukan demo, membetulkan teknik pelajar mengendalikan sesuatu peralatan atau subjek (contohnya urutan).

Cadangan: Mungkin sesetengah subjek boleh menggunakan teknologi AR (Augmented Reality) dan/atau VR (Virtual Reality) untuk menyampaikan pengajaran dengan lebih berkesan dan menarik. Namun, kos pelaksanaannya mungkin diluar kemampuan kebanyakkan institusi Pendidikan/kemahiran.

Kesimpulannya:
Anda kena seimbangkan dan menyesuaikan diri dengan cara pembelajaran norma baru ini. Pada pendapat saya, pembelajaran campuran (blended learning) patut diberi perhatian kerana ia membawa kelebihan pembelajaran online serta bersemuka.

Contohnya, program URise* menggunakan sistem Canvas LMS @ UROX di Universiti Tun Abdul Razak@Unirazak yang diperkayakan dengan kelas bersemuka bulanan pada hujung minggu memberi peluang kepada pemegang:

  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia/Sijil Vokasional Malaysia dan setara;
  • Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia/Diploma Vokasional Malaysia dan setara;
  • Sijil TVET lain seperti Kolej Komuniti dan Politeknik
  • Pekerja industri teknikal yang berpengalaman tetapi tidak bersijil

untuk memperolehi Diploma Profesional & Ijazah Eksekutif dalam masa yang singkat serta pembelajaran yang fleksibel.

URise Program
*URise program adalah kolaborasi antara Unirazak & ISE Education Sdn Bhd – khas untuk pemegang SKM/SVM/DKM/DVM/TVET
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Lulusan DKM & DVM Boleh Masuk IPTS Untuk Program Sarjana Muda? (Tahap 6 MQF)

Betul ke lulusan DKM/DVM boleh masuk IPTS?

Berita baik, akhirnya, lulusan DKM/DVM boleh masuk IPTS juga, mulai April 2020.

Sebelum ni, lulusan DKM/DVM cuma boleh masuk Universiti Awam (UA)

DKM/DVM boleh masuk IPTS
DKM/DVM boleh masuk IPTS
DKM/DVM boleh masuk IPTS

Memandangkan prospek pekerjaan tidak begitu memberangsangkan dalam masa 6-12 bulan yang akan datang (mungkin lebih lama, bergantung kepada bila kita boleh mencipta vaksin Covid-19 serta faktor lain seperti harga minyak sedunia dan kestabilan politik negara), ada baiknya anda, graduan DKM/DLKM/DVM untuk mempertimbangkan untuk menyambung pelajaran ke Tahap 6 (Sarjana Muda) supaya:

1. Peluang kerjaya lebih tinggi (sektor awam memerlukan ijazah untuk kenaikan pangkat ke kumpulan pengurusan dan profesional)

2. Meningkatkan lagi ilmu teknikal anda (sekiranya berhasrat untuk jadi pakar teknikal dalam sesuatu bidang ataupun menjadi pensyarah/penyelidik dalam bidang teknikal anda)

Siemens, MTUN bekerjasama lahir graduan pakar teknikal
Kredit imej: UMP News

3. Menambahkan ilmu pengurusan anda (sekiranya anda berhasrat untuk naik ke pangkat pengurusan ataupun memulakan perniagaan/perusahaan sendiri, contohnya jadi teknopreneur)

VIEW GALLERY: Pertandingan Akhir Teknopreneur TVET ILJTM 2019 ...
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Sekiranya anda cuma ada SKM/DVM sahaja ataupun cuma pengalaman industri >3 tahun tetapi tiada sebarang sijil serta bekerja di sektor swasta, anda juga boleh pertimbangkan program URise yang rata-ratanya memberi anda manfaat yang sama seperti No 3 di atas.

Kelebihannya:
– Pembelajran gabungan atas talian dan kelas bersemuka (blended learning),
– Masa lebih singkat (6 hingga 9 bulan),
– Tiada Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU)
– Tiada pra-syarat akademik (cuma perlu Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia 3 ke atas atau pengalaman industri > 3 tahun)
– Pendekatan pembelajaran bersifat aplikasi
– Halatuju kerjaya – industri
– Cara pembelajaran – fleksibel
– Persijilan pelbagai – berdasarkan tahap
– Yuran penggajian – Ekonomi
– Pengeluaran KWSP (epf withdrawal)
– Tuntut dari PSMB (HRDF claimable) sekiranya syarikat berdaftar dengan PSMB

Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM)
Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM)

Jadi, sekiranya anda nak sambung belajar untuk ijazah Bachelor Teknologi, sila rujuk terus dengan MTUN (Jangan tanya admin ya)

Tetapi jika anda ingin sambung belajar untuk menjadi pengurus atau usahawan teknikal, bolehlan isi borang tunjuk minat ni.

Tunggu apa lagi. Jangan Terlepas Peluang!

How to Tackle This MCO and Come Out Significantly Richer with More Students

Get more students despite MCO?

Malaysia has been imposed with Movement Control Order (MCO) since 18th March 2020 and now has been extended to 14th April 2020. Will it be extended? Yes, there’s a possibility for another 2 weeks, depending on when our numbers peak.

Some of the higher learning institutions, such as the highly renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology or even local private universities like Universiti Tun Abdul Razak does offer online/online distance learning or blended learning (URise program) even before the outbreak of the coronavirus. If you are an IPTS/IPTA and have not embraced technology as part of your delivery, better use this opportunity to do it now.

What about TVET institutions? Though it’s harder, it’s not totally impossible with AR/VR technologies that are available (though the cost may be an issue since it’s not widely adopted yet). TVET institutions should also harness video conferencing technology like Zoom to conduct lectures, esp theoretical in nature. Google Classroom may also be used to deliver lecture notes and assignments (There is a variety of suitable online and social media platforms to plan, instruct and assign homework to students)

Zoom: Host online meetings from anywhere | finder Malaysia
Great video conferencing tool, free up to 100 participants at any time but limited to 40 minutes/session
Classroom: manage teaching and learning | Google for Education
Great tool to manage teaching & learning

However, there are differences in accessing technology among teachers, parents and students. In considering students with limited Internet access, teachers can assign them activities using textbooks, workbooks, exercise books and activity books, ensuring no student is left behind in their studies.

That’s in terms of delivery to existing students. What about the recruitment of future students? The economy looks bleak & world recession seems unavoidable.

What’s a recession? It’s a constriction of economic activity which means people are spending less money & companies are making fewer profits. Now, normally it takes many months for people’s confidence to come back, for them to spend money again. But this time is different. It is not a financial crisis, not an economic crisis, it’s a health crisis!

More Students with Economic Crisis

So people are not spending money because they can’t go out, they are stuck at home@stayathome, they are quarantined!
What do you think would happen when this crisis is over?

That’s right, there’s gonna be a lot of pent up demand! People are going to run out there, going back to their favourite kepci (KFC) & mekdi (McD), travelling or going cruise again. And for those students who have been unable to visit institutions during the Open Day in March, they would be hungry to visit your institution, provided you have built the awareness and done enough telemarketing or online marketing during this MCO!

Now how long will it take this crisis to be resolved? No one can be sure but let’s look at China. They managed to resolve the crisis in less than 3 months because they shut the cities down. And I believe with Malaysia’s tough measures on the MCO, we will be able to overcome this within the same period, or even faster.

But are you ready when the MCO is over? If you’re not, too bad. Opportunity goes to those who are prepared.

So, if your marketing staffs are doing nothing at home now due to low/no leads, you better take action now! Grab quality student data FAST before your competitor does it.

Call/WhatsApp or email to ismarteducare @ gmail.com to supercharge your institution/college with more students NOW!

DKM/DLKM-PPT layak sambung ke Sarjana Muda BTech UTHM melalui APEL

Berita baik untuk mereka yang mengambil DKM/DLKM-PPT dan sedang bekerja dalam bidang berkaitan bidang kursus sekurang-kurangnya 2 tahun. Kalau beminat untuk menambah ilmu pengetahuan di peringkat Ijazah Sarjana Muda bidang Teknologi, saya difahamkan pusat APEL sedia utk memproses permohonan anda bagi mengikuti program Sarjana Muda (Btech) di UTHM. Untuk maklumat lanjut sila hubungi APEL centre UTHM.

Dikongsi oleh Prof Madya Dr Razali Hassan, UTHM

BTech UTHM

PENGAMBILAN PELAJAR UNTUK INTAKE SEPTEMBER 2020

Jika anda lepasan DVM/DKM/ DLKM…..

Fakulti Pendidikan Teknikal dan Vokasional, UTHM membuat pengambilan pelajar bagi Intake September 2020 ke Ijazah Sarjana Muda Teknologi yang akan dibuka dari 24 Februari (12pm) hingga 17 April 2020 (11.59pm)

Permohonan melalui UPU Online.

Bagaimana pula dengan Ijazah bukan BTech

Bagaimana pula jika saya tak nak sambung ke Ijazah Sarjana Muda Teknologi (BTech)?

Alternatif

Selain UTHM, Unimap, UTeM & UMP (yang lebih dikenali sebagai MTUN) yang menawarkan Ijazah Sarjana Muda bidang Teknologi (BTech) untuk lepasan DKM/DLKM (Tanpa SPM), anda juga boleh pilih:

1. IPTA atau IPTS lain yang menawarkan Ijazah Sarjana Muda bidang lain, juga tanpa SPM. Namun, masih banyak universiti yang perlukan kelulusan senat ataupun ujian APEL untuk kemasukan ke program Ijazah Sarjana Muda.

2. UniRazak (UR), KL bersama ISE Education (ISE) juga menawarkan program URise – Diploma Profesional & Eksekutif Bachelor Pengurusan Industri, KHAS untuk pemegang/graduan TVET/SKM/DKM/DLKM (juga tak perlu SPM DAN tak perlu ujian APEL).

Program URise ini membolehkan ANDA, graduan TVET/SKM/DKM/DLKM:

  1. Merasai program akademik pengajian tinggi tanpa terlalu membebankan (cuma 6-9 bulan, blended learning (online + tutorial bersemuka). Ia bagaikan matrikulasi.
  2. Peluang mendapat diploma/ijazah walaupun tiada SPM dengan bajet yang sederhana serta masa yang jauh lebih singkat berbanding program penuh status MQA.
  3. Meningkatkan daya saing serta keupayaan untuk naik pangkat ke peringkat pengurusan, setelah adanya kemahiran teknikal, samada dari pembelajaran di institut latihan kemahiran awam ataupun swasta.
  4. Meningkatkan status sosial anda, seorang graduan Universiti yang juga berkamhiran teknikal.
Borang ni untuk pendaftaran/tunjuk minat program URise sahaja (sila hubungi APEL centre UTHM jika ingin tahu lebih lanjut mengenai kemasukan ke UTHM)
URise Program x BTech

Creating clear career pathways for TVET

FOR the nation to move forward in tandem with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) and beyond, there is a clear need for a well-trained technical workforce with skill sets that are present- and future-ready as well as future-resilient.

Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) programmes have always been seen as the vehicle to prepare aptly-skilled human capital but somehow the general perspective is that they fall short in terms of the level of skills and knowledge needed for the industry to forge ahead.

Graduates who have qualified from TVET institutions previously do not have a clear career pathway to further their studies and secure jobs that are highly technical in nature.

To create more career pathways and opportunities for TVET students, the Education Ministry with the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) comprising four universities — Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) , Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) , Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) — and the professional body for technologists and technicians, the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), have collaborated in establishing newly developed Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech) programmes in specific technology fields.

Some universities have introduced several of the courses last month at the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic year while other universities will make the courses available in September next year.

The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0.

According to MBOT president Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, BTech programmes in MTUN are articulation programmes for TVET graduates with Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (Malaysian Vocational Diploma/DVM) through Kolej Vokasional (KV); and those with Diploma Kemahiran Malaysia (Diploma in Skills Malaysia / DKM) and Diploma Lanjutan Kemahiran Malaysia (Advanced Diploma Skills Malaysia / DLKM) from institutions under the Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR).

The articulation process entails matching the courses, requirements and coursework at vocational colleges with that at higher education institutions.

“KVs start enrolling students as young as 16, post PMR/PT3 examination towards Diploma Vokasional Malaysia (DVM) through Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) without SPM. That posed a problem for the graduates should they decide to pursue a Bachelor’s degree and beyond at public universities. Other than that they often face difficulty in transitioning from TVET-based education to an academic-based degree programme,” he explained.

Tan Sri Ahmad Zaidee Laidin

The entry level requirement for BTech programmes in MTUN is not based solely on SPM qualification, Ahmad Zaidee highlighted.

For DVM graduates, most of the candidates have taken the equivalency courses to SPM’s Bahasa Melayu dan Sejarah, namely Bahasa Melayu 1104 as well as Sejarah 1251. For DKM and DLKM graduates, most of the students have taken SPM which already includes Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah.

In any case this nation-building initiative is not met, MTUN has agreed the student can enrol for the courses during their tenure years of BTech studies.

“MBOT through Technicians Act 2015 (Act 768) has established the Technology & Technical Accreditation Council (TTAC). This is a Joint Technical Committee with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to perform accreditation on professional technology and technical programmes. The council has published a Technology & Technical Accreditation Manual 2019 (TTAC MANUAL) for a comprehensive guideline for education providers (EP) to design and develop their programmes in the advanced technological fields,” he said.

UniMAP Academic Management Office dean Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar said the availability of BTech programmes for DVM and DKM qualification holders is timely.

“It is estimated there are 50,000 students graduating with DVM and DKM every year. With the availability of BTech programmes, these students can obtain Bachelor’s degree-level qualifications as per required to face the challenges of IR 4.0,” he said.

Associate Professor Dr Anuar Mat Safar

DIFFERENTIATION

The main difference between BTech and conventional degree programmes is that the former were developed based on occupational requirement while the latter are more discipline-based, UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim explained.

“In conventional degree, fundamental and technological courses such as mathematics, physics etc are taught separately. In BTech programmes, the focus is for a graduate to perform a task in the work environment, hence fundamental and technological knowledge that is usually taught in different courses are embedded into a course on a particular competency set,” she said.

UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim

For example, she illustrated that a BTech Welding programme comprises a course of Welding inspection that combines elements of mathematics, physics, material studies, and local laws accordingly rather than have the subjects taken in separate courses, as with conventional programmes.

UTHM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Wahid Razzaly, meanwhile, explained that the current delivery or execution of BTech programmes uses the approach of Work Based Learning (WBL) in block released manner. This means the students undergo their studies in two phases: two and a half years at university and another year in the industry.

“The curriculum structure is towards preparing students into industry 4.0 in line with the Program Educational Objective, which is to produce technologist, technopreneur and entrepreneurship.

As such, the success ratio of higher graduate employability is ensured as the students will have a structured WBL courses in the industry itself within a year before they graduate,” he said.

He said another delivery approach via apprenticeship is still in the development progress. The idea is to have workers upgrade their qualifications by studying two days in university and working three days.

COLLABORATION

UMP Center for Academic Innovation & Competitiveness (CAIC) director Associate Professor Dr Mohd Rusllim Mohamed, who is a director of the MBOT Technology and Technical Accreditation Secretariat, observed that MoE and the Ministry of Human Resources have been working closely to ensure the programmes are running accordingly.

“So far, the government has distributed some budget for reskilling and upskilling of existing lecturers, mentoring training for industry workers, and the implementation of a newly developed concept of teaching factory — University Revaluation Teaching Factory (URTF). Here, students are involved in industry production line, thus creating valuable experiential learning even before they graduate,” he said.

He related that MoE has approached the Malaysian German Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MGCCI) to become a strategic partner to BTech’s MTUN, so that the programmes can be further improved to meet the German standards.

“With MGCCI on board, all of its over 400 companies’ partners would be willing to be part of the ministry’s TVET empowerment agenda,” he said.

To improve the quality of teaching and learning based on IR 4.0, Anuar said UniMAP is currently applying to develop a teaching plant through the URTF effort.

“This involves practical sessions of industrial design, engineering design and 3D printing at this teaching plant,” said Anuar.

UniMAP’s Faculty of Engineering Technology has also applied for TVET transfer of technology (TOT) for existing lecturers to further enhance their knowledge and skills.

“The main objective of this TOT is to obtain professional certification for lecturers at the faculty. Some laboratories are also proposed to be turned into industrial laboratories, to enable professional certificates to be issued. Training to obtain a teaching professional certificate has also been proposed as one of the TOT TVET agendas to be implemented after this provision is approved,” he said.

At UTHM, Wahid said nine memoranda of understanding and eight letters of intent with related industries have been signed.

“The University-Industry partnerships include those with Siemens, Acson, Carrier, Festo, HardRock Hotel, NIOSH, Binaan Desjaya and Proton. The approach of BTech programmes is to have 60 per cent work-based learning and 40 per cent theory,” he said.

EXPECTATIONS

Director of UTeM’s Academic Planning and Development Office Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Fahmi Miskon said with a BTech degree in hand, TVET graduates can also request for appropriate and adequate amount of salaries coherent with the skills that they own.

“It is believed that the competition for fresh graduates to get a job has gotten tougher. Hands-on skills, experience and knowledge are what employers look for today,” he said.

Other than having more students involved in skilled courses, Ahmad Zaidee said it is also very important to get the students to further their studies so that they would be more intellectually improved in many aspects.

“The graduates of these programmes are expected to be employed as soon as they graduate because the programmes are designed to fulfil the needs of the industries.

“The launch of B.Tech programmes in MTUN reflects the government’s commitment in promoting and acknowledging TVET as the driving force in the country’s development. The curriculum is more practical and flexible to meet the challenges of the IR 4.0,” he said.

As the primary professional body for TVET, he said MBOT prepares TVET graduates as technologists and technicians that are readily accepted not just in the local but also the global industry.

“We are establishing our footing in the international arena with other countries via bilateral or multilateral cooperation.

“To date, we have been accepted as provisional signatory for Seoul Accord (multilateral co-accreditation agreement for Information & Computing Technology programmes). MBOT has also taken a proactive step in proposing to pioneer the establishment of APEC Technologists and Technicians Register (ATTR) which is anticipated to be launched next year when Malaysia hosts APEC 2020,” he said.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/education

Comment: It’s not just BTech that DVM/DKM/DLKM graduates can pursue, they can also consider EBIM (Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management), an URise bridging program by Universiti Tun Abdul Razak where Technical Leadership and Industrial Revolution 4.0 are the core learning outcomes.

Executive Bachelor in Industrial Management (EBIM), specializing in Leadership, enable skilled personnel to excel into managerial positions with enhancements in managerial core abilities. The course covers the learning in soft-skills of leadership, managerial abilities, business communication and project management.

For SKM1&2 graduates, they are also not forgotten as their pathway would be to Professional Diploma in Industrial Management.

Truly understanding TVET candidates’ situation, SPM is not a pre-requisite, yay! Another exciting part about the program is that it’s a blended learning, means it’s conducted online and face to face classroom.

For more information, kindly email to thonghiwah@urise.edu.my or whatsapp/call 012-3123430.