BUKA@ OUM: Capacity Building Programme at Open University Malaysia (OUM) – A Visit by TAMK

Last year from 14 until 17 November 2022, the BUKA project team from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland, Dr Hanna Teras, Ms Marianna Leikomaa and Mr Esa Kujansuu came for a visit to Open University Malaysia (OUM) in Kelana Jaya. On the first day at OUM, Dr Hanna Teras presented an Introduction to Finland Education. The session was attended by the President/Vice Chancellor of OUM, Professor Dr Ahmad Izanee Awang and the Vice President (Academic and Research), Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Tajudin Md Ninggal.

The team from TAMK also visited the Analytics Laboratory that was funded under the BUKA project. The team presented a session on skill-based training model to the Creative Team who have supported the BUKA local pilot at OUM. They exchanged inspired ideas on how the skill-based training on the use of Canva to design a learning resource can be improved. Several ideas were discussed in coming up with a Canva Development Workshop Model.

On 15 November 2022, the session with the Creative Media team was continues with a focus on the best method to incorporate the Universal Design Principle in creative content development. The session was also joined by academic staff who were participants of the Focus Groups in the Capacity Development programme. Several principles were discussed with the focus on meaning teaching/facilitation. The day ended with a meeting with the BUKA research team.

On the third day, OERs developed by the Focus Group participants under the pilot were presented by participants who are full-time OUM academic staff and members of the Creative Team. The TAMK team gave positive overview and constructive feedback on how the OER can be improved by using multiple elements of multimedia.

On the last day at OUM, parallel meetings was held with the Faculty of Education to discuss ideas on online pedagogy, and with the Faculty of Technology and Applied Sciences to discuss how the technology can be adopted to enhance education. Later that day, the TAMK team visited the popular sky-bridge at the Petronas Twin Towers.