Setting a New Benchmark in e-Learning

Setting a New Benchmark in e-Learning

Setting a New Benchmark in e-Learning

APU Team at the e-Orientaiton – May 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2020 – The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) took a major leap forward by welcoming its new intake of Pre-University students to the University via its first-ever e-Orientation Programme which was delivered completely online, beyond the 8000 current students who are undergoing Online Digital Learning (ODL) on the online platforms.

The live broadcast was streamed from the university’s campus in Technology Park Malaysia (TPM), recorded more than 2,000 participants online, including 632 students from over 22 countries, their parents and the university’s global partners. 

As technology is its forte, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) had embarked on its digital education transformation over the last two years and since Aug 2019 a framework was set with strategic goals in place to roll out e-Learning – Online Digital Learning (ODL) to complement its conventional on campus mode of teaching & learning. Being one of the first universities in Malaysia to go live with online digital and remote learning during the MCO period, the implementation process was smooth for all stakeholders involved.

With aims to stay engaged with the Pre-University students who will be commencing a new milestone online, the e-Orientation Programme served as a connector between the university’s academicians, support staff and the students, who are unable to attend to face-to-face classes in line with the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

With efforts to provide a personalised touch to all students virtually, the university established an e-Counsellors team, comprising staff from the Student Services Team. Prior to the e-Orientation Programme, each and every student was assigned to an e-Counsellor, who are dedicated to providing a (virtual) hand-holding experience. These include answering to their queries, holding virtual meetings, & QnA sessions, as they hop on-board to the university’s Online Digital Learning (ODL) platforms – namely Microsoft Teams, Moodle and the university’s proprietary student experience application, the APSpace.

Topics covered throughout the e-Orientation Programme included an overview of the Online Digital Learning Journey, Social Media Digital Footprint, an introduction to Campus Life & Support Services, Briefing on PTPTN Loan and Ice-Breaking sessions and more.

The university’s academic management team ranging from the Vice Chancellor down to all Heads of School participated actively during these sessions that was held over 3 days, from 18th May  to 20th May 2020.

Datuk Parmjit Singh special appearance at the e-Orientation Programme Live

“Quote from Datuk Parmjit”

“e-Learning in APU was instantly adapted as soon as the lock down took place. I am delighted about the enthusiasm generated by all staff of APU and this e-Orientation is a fantastic initiative for our new students. We look forward to welcome all our students to the campus soon”

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of APIIT Education Group, Datuk Parmjit Singh made a special appearance at the e-Orientation Programme to encourage young SPM leavers to embrace Technology & Digital Learning and adapt to the new normal with positivity.

The e-Orientation Programme garnered positive responses from students & parents; “It feels like I am attending a virtual Ted Talk”, said a student, who participated in the e-Orientation Programme. Another student commented, “The dedication of the people in charge of today’s conference are very commendable. Beginning to enjoy APU already!”.

Mr. Gurpardeep Singh inspiring the new students to adopt & embrace Technology for Digital Transformation

An APU Alumni said – “As one of alumni for APU, I am proud that we can easily adapt into technology especially in this pandamic situation! Kudos to the team and our May intake students”.

“As a parent, I feel proud. I wish my University was like this. Well Done APU/APIIT.” – commented a parent on Microsoft Teams Live.

e-Orientation host Cheng Mun speaks to Ryan (e-Counselor). Sharing of their experience as an Alumni of APU & and their own Orientation 10 years ago.

APU’s next Pre-University intake is on 29th June 2020 for Foundation and Diploma Programmes. The e-Orientation for its Bachelors Degree and Postgraduate Students will commence in the first week of June 2020.

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

 

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in Technology that aim to nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. The multi-cultural student community comprises 12,000 students from over 130 countries.

If you would like to request for more information or if you have other media enquiries, please contact:

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
E: [email protected]  |  T: +603-8996 1000

About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

 

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities. APU offers a wide range of degree programmes in Technology that aim to nurture students into professionals and prepare them for challenging careers and roles in business and society globally. The multi-cultural student community comprises 12,000 students from over 130 countries.

If you would like to request for more information or if you have other media enquiries, please contact:

Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
E: [email protected]
T: +603-8996 1000

People without the smelling part of their brain can still smell — and it’s puzzling scientists

People without the smelling part of their brain can still smell — and it’s puzzling scientists

Think about the last time you had a cold. Think how weird it felt to not be able to smell or taste anything just because your nose was clogged up. That is, to an extent, the life of people with anosmia: the term for not being able to smell.Some patients are born with it. For others, it is the result of neurological diseases, and for others still, it comes from a surgery that removed or damaged the olfactory bulb (OB). For a long time, it was believed that without an OB, a person would not be able to smell, but a team of researchers in Israel found patients who might prove that notion wrong. Locat… (more…)

Finding Flexibility at MCKL

Finding Flexibility at MCKL

The American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP) at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur(MCKL) is notable for its flexibility where students are exposed to a wide range of studies across different disciplines; from physical and life sciences to art, history, literature, philosophy and religious studies. American universities have hundreds of majors on offer, giving students the freedom to chart their own career path.

Since its founding in 2014, more than 150 students have transferred to American universities through [email protected] Students in [email protected] have the opportunity to explore various fields of study before they transfer. [email protected] has 52 partner universities. Four of which offer exclusive scholarships to [email protected] students. Furthermore, students are free to apply to non-partnered universities. Our students have successfully transferred to non-partner universities such as The Ohio State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan -Ann Arbor, Purdue University, and San Jose State University.

The ADTP allows students to explore subjects outside of their chosen field of study. A student majoring in Finance can take a course in Chemistry during their time in the ADTP. 

Students can join the ADTP after completing their high school without having to go through pre-university. However, this does not mean that ADTP is academically inferior. It is a degree program, after all, hence students will be challenged to think and work at a much higher level than what they will need to do at a pre-university level. In terms of affordability, American universities are famed for their generosity. Students can apply for scholarships on their academic or extracurricular performance, and most of the scholarships can be stacked. Schools also provide financial aid to students. 

In the ADTP, students are introduced to a different study environment. They will soon discover that they will be seeing fewer examinations, but more continuous assessments – assignments, tests, presentations, and group projects, all of which will develop a well-rounded student.  

Students who join the [email protected] need not worry about how the American education system works because they will all undergo a course which will teach them everything they need to know about the American education system in the first semester. 

The [email protected] has intakes in January, April, and August.

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Not Your Regular AUSMAT Programme

Not Your Regular AUSMAT Programme

The Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) programme at MCKL is turning 20 this year! 

AUSMAT is a pre-university programme that prepares students for undergraduate studies in a variety of disciplines. The syllabus is contemporary, comprehensive and learner-friendly. The continuous method of assessment provides consistent monitoring of students’ progress and helps students transition smoothly into the evaluation system of higher learning.

Upon successful completion of the programme, students are awarded the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).  Over the past 20 years, MCKL has consistently produced excellent WACE results. This year, 21 students achieved ATAR 90 and above with one student Hannah Li-An Cheah, making it to the top 0.5% for the Mathematics Applications subject. 

MCKL provides a unique learning experience for its AUSMAT students as the College does not focus only on classroom-based learning but also help students develop soft skills through its community-based Service Learning subject. Though it does not contribute to the final grading, this subject has helped our alumni develop skills and qualities that stand them in good stead in their university and scholarship applications.

One such student is Wong Xiao Cheng. A two-time recipient of the STAR Scholarship, she was also a recipient of the University of Nottingham’s Vice-Chancellor Global Graduate award. She credits MCKL’s holistic education for igniting her passion to help others and to pursue excellence in life. She believes that the Service Learning subject had inspired her to pursue community work as a career. She also praised MCKL lecturers for being genuine and passionate about empowering the students and walking the talk.

Another student is Yek Ren Yew. Like most MCKL newbies, he tut-tutted at the thought of having to fulfil 20 hours of community work to pass the Service Learning subject. He started doing community work only for the sake of doing it to fulfil a course requirement, but Ren Yew soon found that he enjoyed doing it so much that he racked up 40 hours of service, without realising it. 

Little did he know, the 40 hours would help him receive the YTL Foundation Scholarship to study at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. His advice to students: TAKE SERVICE LEARNING SERIOUSLY! 

AUSMAT students at MCKL are provided with adequate resources and support to enhance their learning experience. They are given access to ReviseOnline, an online revision portal with a bank of more than 30,000 exam questions written by experts and teachers from Western Australia. MCKL students have found the portal helpful as it prepares them for examinations.

Intakes for the AUSMAT programme at MCKL are in January, March, and August.

For more information about the programme and scholarship opportunities,

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What Thanos Did In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is Justified

What Thanos Did In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is Justified

Written by Banu Chandran

What Thanos did in Avengers: Infinity War left everyone in shock. In the year 2018, Marvel produced the film ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in which the space titan, Thanos, had collected all six stones of power known as the infinity stones that could change the world. With them, he erased half of all living things with a single snap in an attempt to save resources and curb overpopulation. Were his actions justified?

This was hotly debated in the final round of The Battle of Wits debate tournament on August 10th, hosted by Malaysiakini in collaboration with Brickfields Asia College. Two teams, Master DeBaters from SMK Sultan Abdul Samad and Rojak Pasembor from SMK Subang Utama, battled the motion out using wit and humor to support their stances. The debate centred around whether Thanos’ actions counted as genocide. The propositioning team, Master DeBaters, had set a solid mechanism and definition on their side of the motion, explaining that Thanos had not committed mass murder as the ‘blip’ simply ‘dusted’ them out of existence, meaning that the people had felt no pain and thus were not murdered. This was strongly rebutted by the opposition team, Rojak Pasembor, who defined what Thanos did as mass murder while taking an emotional stance that his actions resulted in effects that were similar to genocide, creating a widespread wave of grief and loss for many people around the world. 

The Master DeBaters had a passionate first speaker, Munirah Abdullah, an enthusiastic and profound second speaker, Haliem Shah bin Haja Mohideen, and a quick-witted third speaker, Devendran a/l Sivanandan, who was shockingly added into the debate in the first minute of the match by use of the ‘Power Card’: Switch one speaker with the reserve member, leaving Mior Arif bin Mior Mohd Farid out of the debate even though he had prepared together with the team.

However, with just as strong speakers, Rojak Pasembor managed to grab the win for the final round making them the champions of the day. The highly articulate first speaker, Thusar, had laid out their stance for the debate. Supported well by the second speaker, Nur Adib Zafry bin Nur Aziz, who eloquently using wit and humour, rebutted and brought forth points to reaffirm their stance. Last but not least, the third speaker, Benjamin Fong Ruan Wei, brought the debate to an explosive end with fire rebuttals for the opposing team’s points.

The Battle of Wits provided a debate platform like no other to allow these students to shine. Focusing more on wit and humour, the debates remained light-hearted and witty throughout the day. With the additional use of Power Cards that gave an Advantage to a team, a Disadvantage to the opposing team, or a Challenge Card, kept the debate fun and interesting as teams strategically used the cards to their advantage to help them with the debate. 

The day started with the students arguing whether or not autonomous artificial intelligence deserve human rights and whether the government should disclose all the information they had on the extra-terrestrial to the public. The round-robin format of debating was brought to a close with the motion ‘Malaysia would be better off if we weren’t colonized by the British’ – a motion that indeed brought out the best in the debaters.

The tournament was held at the Brickfields Asia College (BAC) campus in Petaling Jaya and lasted from morning to evening. BAC also generously provided goodie bags for the students that consisted of sponsored t-shirts and pens. We would like to thank BAC and our other sponsors, MyNews, Zero Waste, MAEKO, the BAC Debate Club, easyuni, Hybrid Infinity Tech, Trio and myburgerlab for making the day so memorable. With special thanks to Maria Chin Abdullah, who generously sponsored the prize money for the tournament, and to PAWS for making the day a roaring success. 

Malaysiakini looks forward to next years debate tournament, where the fun will be replicated in a hopefully nationwide debate tournament open for all to join.