With the advent of technology, higher education institutions no longer confined to the traditional brick and mortar learning and teaching methods.
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) refers to the provision of flexible educational opportunities in terms of access and multiple modes of knowledge acquisition.
Flexible means the availability of choices for educational endeavors anywhere, anytime and anyhow.
Access means opportunity made available to all, freeing them from constraints of time and place.
Multiple modes mean the use of various delivery systems and learning resources.
In general, ODL is the emerging trend to access quality education, lifelong learning opportunities, flexible modes of learning, and conducive learning environment for young school leavers, university communities and the working population. Students participate in online lectures, tutorials and self-directed online learning. While online tests and assignments allow students to instantly review the marks and feedback to help them improve in their next sittings.
ODL presents a potpourri of benefits where it transforms education to be more flexible and accessible to meet the needs of the 21st century learners.
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The Collaborative Group of Open & Distance Learning (CG ODL) was established in the year 2020 to facilitate the administrative and academic support of academic programs offered in open and distance learning mode.
CG ODL Objectives:
To promote the importance of open and distance education
To encourage quality teaching and learning via open and distance learning mode
To support the development of current instructional media and methods in open and distance learning
To facilitate collaboration and networking among lecturers
a) CG ODL Initiatives & Services
To provide online & onsite trainings
To provide Certified Training of Trainers in Open & Distance Learning
ii. Guidelines & Modules
To provide ODL SIM and Learning Design Guidelines
To provide ODL SIM and Learning Design Modules
To provide consultation related to ODL planning and content development
b) Training Modules
ODL 101 : Teaching and Learning Concept
iInstructional and Learning Design for ODL
Curating ODL Self-Instructional Materials (Printed, Audiovisual, & Digital)
c) CG ODL Project
i. From Online to On Air
This project focuses on the process of how to produce appropriate teaching and learning materials for on air platforms.
ii. ODL My Way
iii. ODL Research & Publication
a) Online Trainings
i. Webinar Series 1/2020 – Annotation Tools
MS Office & Acrobat Reader
Socratic Questioning, Open Book & Take-Home Exams
ii. Webinar Series 2/2020 – ODL Best Practices
ODL Teaching & Learning Best Practices
ODL Tips & Tricks
ODL Assessment Best Practices
ODL Teaching & Learning Materials
Engaging ODL Teaching & Learning Through Gamification
Transforming Teaching Materials with MS PowerPoint
Research Opportunities in ODL
iii. Webinar Series 3/2020
What Is ODL & How to Embrace It?
Motivating Factors In ODL
iv. Webinar Series 1/2021 - Constructing Self-Instructional Materials
AudioVisual SIM (Video)
AudioVisual SIM (Audio)
Digital SIM (Web-based Resources)
Digital SIM (OER & Courseware)
v. Webinar Series 2/2021 – Learning Design
Designing ODL Learning
Designing ODL Activities
Designing ODL Assessment
ODL Learning Tools
vi. Webinar Series 3/2021 – ODL My Way
b) Onsite Trainings (Institute of Leadership and Development (ILD), Faculties & Campuses)
Course Design : Make Learning Inclusive with Universal Design
Online Pedagogy : Systematic Instructional Design
Content Development : Self-Instructional Materials Development
Remote Teaching : Learn to Teach Online
Instructional Technologies : Microsoft Teams
Instructional Technologies : Microsoft 365
Instructional Media : Visual Design for Education using Adobe Photoshopp
Instructional Media : Transforming Lecture Slides to Video
Ts. Erny Arniza Ahmad
CG Open and Distance Learning Fellow
Dr. Mohamad Shahril Isahak
Faculty of Accountancy
Faculty of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Ts. Mohd Norafizal Abd Aziz
Faculty of Computer & Mathematical Sciences
Dr. Yuslina Zakaria
Faculty of Dentistry
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Harrinni Md Noor
Faculty of Education
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