Empowering teachers through capacity building and professional development : a collaborative effort

Anuwar Ali, (2010) Empowering teachers through capacity building and professional development : a collaborative effort. In: 23rd International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI 2010), 05-08 January 2010, Kuala Lumpur.

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Teacher training and capacity building are important development imperatives for many nations including Malaysia. With the view to upgrade the teachers’ academic qualifications, the Ministry of Education (MOE) takes a serious stand in the issue of teacher quality and upgrading by introducing the Special Degree Programme for Non-Graduate and In-Service Teachers. Open University Malaysia (OUM) has been chosen to be the partner in this programme, under which the university has successfully produced about 11,200 graduate teachers during the last eight years. This paper illustrates the salient features of the OUM-MOE collaboration that was, from the outset, strategically planned on the basic need to achieve quality education for the teaching profession. Thus, all aspects of the delivery system have been tailored towards this important imperative which includes the adoption of OUM’s blended pedagogy. It is also in this context that the leveraging on information and communication technology (ICT), via OUM’s Learning Management System (myLMS), e-learning, iRadio and digital library, has become a significant component of the teaching and learning process. This paper will thus highlight how open and distance learning (ODL), through its flexibility and accessibility, has been able to benefit training and education as well as enable MOE to save substantial costs on every teacher trained. To ensure the success of this OUM-MOE collaborative effort, the university gives emphasis on the principal objective of this enterprise so as to instil professionalism, commitment, good ethics and quality awareness in teachers, thus contributing to the enhancement of the country’s education sector.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lifelong learning
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5800 Distance education
Divisions: President/Vice Chancellor's Office
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 08:00
Last Modified: 17 May 2013 05:50
URI: http://library.oum.edu.my/repository/id/eprint/655

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