NEW ACADEMIA LEARNING INNOVATION 2019:

CELEBRATION OF INNOVATIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICES 

By: Mohd Rustam Mohd Rameli

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Academic Leadership (UTMLead), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in collaboration with the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Built Environment and Surveying and Persatuan Guru STEM Malaysia had successfully organised the New Academia Learning Innovation – NALI  2019 on 18th September 2019. The program was also supported by the Malaysian Higher Education Teaching & Learning Council (MAGNETIC). Participants of NALI 2019 included educators from local universities and colleges, school teachers and also post-graduate students.

The program was officiated by Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Abdul Manan, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International). Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Hayati Abdullah led the NALI 2019 exhibition which aims to recognize research and innovations in teaching and learning through exhibition and competition. NALI 2019 also provided the platform for sharing of research and innovations in teaching and learning as well as enhancing STEM awareness among educators and the public in general.

The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Ir. Dr. Zainuddin Abdul Manan on the topic “The High Five of NALI” which emphasizes the role of NALI in widening, uberising and immortalizing access to UTM quality education. A forum on ‘Rejuvenating University Teaching & Learning Practices’ was held with prominent leaders in teaching and learning as panelists. The esteemed panelists include Prof. Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof, Prof. Dr. Rose Alinda Alias, Assoc. Prof. Fatimah Puteh and Dr. Adibah Abdul Latif.

A total of 20 participants in the NALI 2019 competition and 5 participants in the STEM-Mate competition received Gold Medals. The project entitled Blended-Cooperative Problem-Based Learning for UTM Process Control Course from SKT received the prestigious NALI award. A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to each finalist and recipient of the AKRI 2019 Award.

  1. In conjunction with NALI 2019, six Pre-NALI 2019 workshops were held to enhance educators’ competency in practicing teaching and learning in the 21st Century. The workshops were delivered by award winning speakers Prof. Dr. Khairiyah Mohd Yusof (A preview of problem-based learning: How does PBL develop deep learning and 21st  century skills?); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahani Mokhtar (Humanising university graduates through service learning programme); Dr. Adibah Abdul Latif (Transforming students through innovation in alternative and holistic assessments); Dr. Muhammad Khair Nordin (Modelling in learning: Augmented reality as a means for deep learning and student excitement); Assoc. Prof. Ir. Dr. Hayati Abdullah (Experiential learning: Making learning meaningful) and Assoc. Prof Fatimah Puteh (Let text inspector assist you in determining CEFR level of your listening and reading texts: One step closer to meeting the nation’s needs).