Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WeCWI Training Series: Instructional Design (macro)

Boon Yih Mah was invited as a speaker of a seminar entitled WeCWI Training Series: Instructional Design (macro) organised by iLQaM, UiTM (Penang) on 30 December 2014 at Computer Lab 3, Perdana Complex, UiTM (Penang). This seminar covers two courses: WeCWI: The Instructional Discovery and WeCWI: The Technological Discovery.

WeCWI Training Series is initiated for the professional development in instructional design and language development targeted to academic staffs. There are two channels of WeCWI Training Series: instructional design (all instructors) and language development (language instructors). Each channel is further divided into two perspectives. For the instructional design, there are macro and micro perspectives; the language development consists of linguistic and non-linguistic perspectives.

The first course of WeCWI Training Series, WeCWI: The Instructional Discovery, exposes the ways how making the 21st century education happen. WeCWI is gearing towards the development of an interactive online learning environment that can engage the learners to think critically, to communicate interactively, and to learn actively. A web-based instructor is no longer playing the role as a knowledge supplier, but a facilitator who leads the learners throughout the journey of knowledge acquisition. By adopting the current technology, WeCWI aspires to transform an educator to become an instructor with multiple roles for knowledge sharing: aggregator, curator, publisher, social networker, and web-based instructor. These roles can be further enhanced with the help of technology. Click HERE to request for more details about the course.

In the 21st century education, the most notable contribution of integrating technology is being a stimulus for learning. The second course of WeCWI Training Series, WeCWI: The Technological Discovery, highlights some contemporary web tools and mobile applications which are recommended to the 21st century educators for aggregation, curation, publishing, social networking, and web-based instruction. Aggregation applications can automatically gather the related free content from the web based on the key words. Besides, curation tools are useful that allow educators manually sourcing the best content online. Publishing tools share the educators’ slides, articles, and documents on the web.

Furthermore, the social networking applications allow the educators to share the information with professional and academic social communities. To be a web-based instructor at the beginning level, Blogger is the recommended online platform for web-based instruction. The right choice and proper integration of web widgets and hypertext on the blog are crucial for the whole instructional process supported by pedagogical and theoretical foundations. These on screen applications will turn the blog content into a dynamic learning environment to achieve the desired learning outcomes. Click HERE to register for the courses of WeCWI Training Series.

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