An EPiC Solution to Teacher Education : Working with Constraints

Teo, Hui Thian (2012) An EPiC Solution to Teacher Education : Working with Constraints. In: The 26th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU2012), 16-18 October 2012, Chiba, Japan.


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This paper focuses on explaining how the Faculty of Education and Languages, Open University Malaysia (OUM) works around constraints and policies set by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia (MOE) in its effort to upgrade the qualification of the in-service teachers enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching programme. In line with the government’s policy to increase human capital development MOE introduces new elements which are to be incorporated into the existing teachers’ training curriculum. For OUM it means finding solutions to add another 15 credits to the existing programme without extending the duration of the whole programme. To meet this new challenge, a new approach is needed to comply with MOE’s requirements. Education Portal for Internet Courses (EPiC) is created not only to meet the new requirements but also to add value to the existing programme. It is designed to virtually extend students’ learning space and to provide full online learning and support. Its activities are scaffold, assignments are task based and learning draws on students’ experience and personal reflections. The whole environment is designed to be fun and promote active collaboration between students and their online supervisors. (Abstract by author)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper is also available in CD format in 'Proceeding of The 26th Annual Conference of Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU2012)' in OUM Digital Library.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education of in-service teacher, Ministry of Education, Education Portal for Internet Courses (EPiC)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Senior Vice-President's Office
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2013 00:25
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2013 00:29

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