SHANMUGA NATHAN A/L
RAMASAMY has been tutoring
at OUM for the last four years.
He shares his views on the role of
modules in the teaching and learning
process at OUM.
Nazrai: When did you begin tutoring
at OUM and what were the subjects
Shanmuga Nathan: I have been
tutoring at OUM since 2005. I began tutoring at the Likas
Learning Centre in Kota Kinabalu for the open market
programmes. Later, I coordinated the KDP 14-week
programme at my college level. The courses which I
have been teaching are HBEF 2103 Psikologi PendidikanM
and OUMH 1103 Learning Skills for Open and Distance
Nazrai: What is your opinion of OUM modules in general?
Shanmuga Nathan: I find OUMH 1103 one of the best
modules OUM has produced. It is a quality module and
I use it as my reference when teaching students in other
programmes. As for the HBEF 2103 module, I find it covers
most of the required areas.
Nazrai: Do you only use the module or other extra learning
materials as well?
Shanmuga Nathan: I use other sources and materials too
but I emphasise to learners the need to use their module as
the core reference.
Nazrai: Do you think OUM modules are well-written and
easily understood by learners?
Shanmuga Nathan: Depends on which module you are
referring to. But for the above two modules, I fi nd them
Nazrai: Can learners rely on the modules alone or should
they refer to other materials too?
Shanmuga Nathan: If they want to just pass their exams,
the modules are suffi cient. However, for the purpose of
gaining knowledge and better understanding, they defi nitely
need to refer to more resources.
Nazrai: What changes would you recommend to further
improve the modules you are using in the tutorials?
Shanmuga Nathan: Keep improving the contents and
presentation of the modules.
Nazrai: How can tutors contribute to the improvement of
modules in the quest for quality?
Shanmuga Nathan: They should be involved in workshops
to discuss and improve the modules.