OUM SYSTEM IS CONDUCIVE FOR NEW TUTORS
This is my first semester teaching at OUM and I have to say
that I am very impressed with the whole system. Everything
seems to be in place such as the online system, modules
and trainings. Although tutoring is not entirely new to me (I
have taught at several private institutions for many years), I
am new to OUM´s online teaching environment. However,
the staff from CTMD guided me along with other tutors so
much so that I now know what to do as a tutor. Here, I would
like to commend the centre for doing a good job
Caroline Anne Justin
Gaya Learning Centre, Sabah
Thank you for the nice words. We are trying our best to
provide our tutors with relevant tutoring skills by stressing
the importance of teaching strategies to encourage adult
learners in the ODL environment. We know for a fact it is
different conducting tutorials in an ODL context compared to
traditional and conventional teaching in public universities.
We at CTMD truly appreciate your comments very much.
Assoc Prof Dr Santhi Raghavan
Centre for Tutor Management and Development (CTMD)
IMPROVEMENTS TO BENEFIT LEARNERS
I have been teaching at OUM since 2002 and I am quite
happy with the infrastructure here such as the classrooms and
so on. Nevertheless, there are some areas for improvement.
One area discussed in the previous TCX issue was modules.
In Australia, the modules for ODL learners are far more
interactive than those at OUM. Our modules usually ask our
learners to visit relevant sites and so on. Being Malaysian,
our learners´ mentality is exam-oriented and they are often
not bothered to go to these sites, thus defeating the purpose of the exercise. In addition, some modules have massive
mistakes and are not updated. It is a pity because most
learners depend 100% on the modules.
Another aspect is online learning. I propose that OUM has a
window time for tutor-learner interaction. This means setting
aside a particular timeframe whereby they go online to chat
on subject-related issues and assignments. The interaction
between tutor and learners needs to be more comprehensive.
Most learners go online for the sake of getting extra marks
and this needs to be changed. Having a timeframe for each
assignment can ensure continuous learning on the part of
Sembulan Learning Centre, Sabah
Thank you for your feedback on online learning. Your
proposal concerning the timeframe is being used by some
of our tutors. These tutors and their learners go online at a
specific time on a particular day to discuss subject-related
issues and assignments. I am also pleased to inform you that
OUM plans to introduce a simpler myLMS interface in the
January 2010 semester to facilitate effective teaching and
learning at OUM.
Assoc Prof Dr Santhi Raghavan
TCX NEEDS TO BE MORE DIVERSE
I clicked on the TCX website early this year and found it to
be uninteresting. I am into multimedia and IT, so I find the
website lacking in the aspect of multimedia presentation.
In terms of contents, it does not cover a wide array of
subjects. This is the same for other OUM resources like the
online library. Too much emphasis is given to subjects like
management and I find it hard to look for information on
Brenda Anne Stephen
Likas Learning Centre, Sabah
Thank you for your constructive comments.