Program & Speakers



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Zaid Ali Alsagoff (MC & Host)

Zaid Ali Alsagoff is the e-Learning Manager and Fellow of IMU Centre for Education. He has more than ten years’ hands-on experience with implementing e-learning in higher education. He has done research in several key e-learning areas, including social media, web 2.0, open educational resources (OER), educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, e-learning standards, instructional design and courseware development.  He has also been a practitioner and promoter of Open Educational Resources (OER) since 2005. According to one survey, he was ranked among the ‘Top Ten’ most influential people (2012) in the corporate e-learning sector in the Asia-Pacific. He is most known worldwide among learning professionals and educators for his learning adventure (blog) known as ‘ZaidLearn’.

    Start to End! (09:15 - 17:00)

    My role is to introduce the awesome speakers, facilitate the panel discussion, and encourage lively learning conversations throughout the online seminar. My mission is to empower and encourage an online learning atmosphere that is simply _____! :)


    Marina Kostina

    Dr. Marina Kostina is a CEO of Wired@Heart - a company dedicated to building connections, engagement and profitability online. Marina is also an author of Teach Online e-guide (2011), and a co-author of the Amazon Bestseller, The Golden Climate in Distance Learning (2012). She has presented her research at various national and international conferences and her weekly blog inspires teachers in over 172 countries to “transcend distances” online.  She is a winner of STARTALK grants, Oppenheimer Family Foundation grants, and a nominee for the Golden Apple Award. A Russian native, she  received her PhD from the University of Iowa.

      SESSION 1:
      5 Steps to Distance Learning Engagement (09:30 - 10:00)

      The feeling of isolation is one of the leading causes of high drop out rates online. Therefore, building connection and engagement online is the key to success in distance learning as an engaged learner is more likely to:

      a. Enroll in your course
      b. Complete the program
      c. Get great results
      d. Become a life learner and recommend your courses to others.
      In this session you will discover 5 steps to building engagement & connections in your online classrooms.

      Christopher Chew

      Christopher Chew is a freelance consultant in his own company, eCastleDotNet Consultancy which he is currently working on various projects from strategising e-learning adoption and enhancement for corporate to creating e-learning content; and conducts workshops and talks on e-learning. He has more than 15 years of experience in building learning management systems and e-learning courses; blending them with traditional classroom courses, blogs, forum mobile learning, and virtual worlds such as Second Life. He has considerable experience in implementing blended learning programs and specializes in technology-enabled initiatives which enhance traditional curriculum and training delivery.

        SESSION 2:
        Fast & Furious Content Development with Articulate Storyline (10.00 - 10.30)

        "There are many tools you can use to create content, one of the popular software is by Articulate Storyline. In this sesssion I will show you how to upgrade your presentation slides to an fully SCORM compliant e-learning course or even deliverable on an iPad with Articulate Storyline. So fasten your seat-belt!" - Christopher Chew

        Mimma Sayuti Mat Khalid

        Mimma Sayuti Mat Khalid is an educator attached to Educational Technology Department of Institute of Teachers’ Education Malay Language Campus in Malaysia. Her 19 years of teaching experience includes Teaching of English as a Second Language for Secondary schools and Technology in Education, which she served as one of the National Master Trainer under Ministry of Education . She was awarded State Excellent Teacher Award in 2006 and National Teacher-in-ICT Award (Runner-up) in 2007. Her interests are in instructional design and web-based 3D virtual worlds in education. She is currently researching and creating 3D virtual learning spaces for Malaysian schools and pre-service teachers.

          SESSION 3:
          Froggy Goes to School: Ideas on Integrating Frog VLE in Malaysian Classrooms (10:45 - 11:15)

          By end of 2013, all 10,000 schools in Malaysia will be provided with internet access and virtual learning environment named Frog VLE via 1BestariNet. The aim of Malaysian Ministry of Education is to “maximise use of ICT for distance and self-paced learning to expand capacity and allow for more customised learning” (Malaysia Ministry of Education, 2012). This session will describe the environment and learning affordances of the Frog VLE. Examples will be given on how to integrate the VLE in teaching and learning process. Issues of the VLE will also be discussed.



          Prof. Abd Karim Alias

          Dr Abd Karim Alias is a Professor of Food Technology at the School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and current Director of the Centre for Development of Academic Excellence. In 2002, he received the inaugural USM Excellent Educator Award and in 2010 he received the Anugerah Tokoh (Distinguished Person) in Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung. He also was the recipient of the prestigious Anugerah Akademik Negara (National Academic Award) in 2008 for teaching. In his current role as the Director of the Centre for Development of Academic Excellence, he is responsible to design and run a professional development programme in technology-­enhanced learning and student-­centred learning for the academic staff.    He is also involved as a trainer in the technology-mediated learning workshop and has conducted numerous workshops especially on using technology in teaching and learning. He is now leading a project to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) for the university and so far has succeeded to produce more than 20 Open CourseWares (OCW). He has also developed and maintained a few teaching portals, websites, and blogs related to teaching/learning and research.

            SESSION 4:
            Smart Reading Beyond Google Reader (11:15 - 11:45)

            For the 'reading worms', Google Reader has been a great tool for aggregating and reading content all in one place. It's just like filtering just the right content from thousand of websites and blogs and have them served to you. The bad news is, Google Reader is shutting down soon. Despair not, it's not the end of the world. There are a number of great news aggregating and reading apps and services out there, some are even better than Google Reader. In this talk I will share some of my favorite tools for aggregating and personalizing content. Say good bye to Google Reader!

            Norhayati Maskat

            Norhayati Maskat or better known as “Nor” to her friends is a Senior Lecturer at Taylor’s University School of Education. She is also the Programme Director for the Undergraduate Programmes comprising Diploma in Education (Primary Education) and Bachelor in Education (Hons) (Primary Education). She was the Head, Learning Skills, Learning Technology Unit at Taylor’s College and was involved in the implementation of iPads for Learning. She was Head, Centre for Learning and Teaching for Taylor's College and at the same time, she was a Trainer for Centre for Teaching and Learning for Taylor's University and her area was Technology in Education. She also trains lecturers at Taylor’s University on the usage of iPads in Learning in an iPad4U Sharing sessions. All students pursuing their Dip Ed or B Ed will be given iPads and they will be the first cohort to use the device in and out of classroom. The iPad is chosen due to it being light, affordable and portable. The use in education is as limitless as the space beyond.

              SESSION 5:
              Prezi-Me-Not, Tactilize-Me-Now (11:45 - 12:15)

              Getting seasickness looking at a Prezi presentation due to the zooming and panning?  Wishing for a non-Prezi presentation and more sophisticated than the normal power point?  WAIT!  There is one way you can do a non-seasick presentation and NO slides either! TACTILIZE! It’s just ONE PAGE! No seasick GUARANTEED! So, TACTILIZE is THE new way to present your ideas! You can create on tablets and pc! The LATEST and COOLEST way to present your ideas, your assignments or your projects!  So, if you say, “Prezi-me-not” then you will say “Tactilize-me-now” when the session’s over.

              Brendan O'Keefe

              "A passionate digital producer, educator and change agent, I also tutor young people knowing they will change the world. I teach digital citizenship, information literacy and employagility.  I design learning experiences for 21st century people and organisations because I love the learning. I am founder of the Curiosity Lab and I also work with a team of designers, educators and subject matter experts. Together we collaborate, host online and offline events, classes and other fun stuff designed to effect positive change. Life is Grand." - Brendan O'Keefe

                SESSION 6:
                Augment Education (14:00 - 14:30)

                "During this 30 minute presentation, I will introduce to you some clever ways people are using augmented reality in education today. I will present some examples of what works now and show you some concepts for using AR to disrupt education now and in the future. I will point you to a few live demos and give you an opportunity to ask questions at the end. Please download and install the Aurasma app  to your mobile device prior to the presentation." - Brendan O'Keefe

                Nor Fadzleen

                Nor Fadzleen Sa'don is currently a fulltime postgraduate student, majoring in IT Management at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Prior to this, she taught for 11 years as a Master Teacher of English Language at local government school in Johor. Her research focuses on VLE governance and implementation in Malaysian schools. She is the committee member of Malaysian Educational Technology Association (META). Her main interests are E-Learning, Creativity, Materials Development and Systems Thinking.

                  SESSION 7:
                  Learning Factory vs Learning Laboratory (14:30 - 15:00)

                  Sustaining students’ interests and motivation in learning can be an arduous task, especially when a teacher is expected to successfully meet the needs of learners and the curriculum specifications. As the millennial students embrace the technologies with ease, teachers need to think beyond their comfort zones and seize the opportunities to learn, explore and integrate innovative learning approaches in our teaching. It is vital for teachers to expand the boundaries of our creativity and initiate activities that would spark learners’ imagination and enhance their meta-cognitive skills. In Malaysian context, there is a dire need to see school beyond producing generation of cookie-cutter straight As students but as a dynamic system that supports exploration of ideas, celebrates diversity and interdisciplinary approach. The 30 minutes talk will focus on the 'learning factory vs learning laboratory' concept and suggest innovative ways we can reinvent dynamic and lively learning environment in Malaysian schools.



                  Prof. Rozhan M. Idrus

                  Rozhan M. Idrus is a Professor Open and Distance Learning & Technogogy at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. He holds a PhD in Solid State Physics and is a trained instructional designer. He has published more than 170 scholarly works and presented 31 Keynote and Plenary addresses worldwide. He is the Founding Chief Editor of the Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology, the Chief Editor of the International Journal of Excellence in e-Learning (based in Dubai) and is a member of the Editorial Board of ten international journals. He has given a definition to the term ‘technogogy’ and is passionately promoting it.

                  SESSION 8:
                  Access to Content or Chasing Technology? (15:00 - 15:30)

                  "When you're up to your eyeballs in alligators, it's hard to remember that you came to drain the swamp." We can change it to "When you're up to your eyeballs in technology (ironically), it's hard to remember that you came to educate the learners (students)." The technology available can do wonderful things for us. We, the educators must be very clear of our task, to educate and teach and deliver the beauty of knowledge with the assistance of technology that can help make our educational transaction captivating, engaging, motivating, stimulating and mesmerise our learners with the fascinating content. Let me show you how we can take the technology by the throat and make content accessible to every single individual on the planet, with or without the Internet. Let’s do it ..

                  Prof. Zoraini Wati Abas

                  Dr. Zoraini is Director, Center for Learning and Teaching and Curriculum Development at Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has led Centres in the design and development of learning materials, faculty development and institutional research at:  Open University Malaysia (2004-2012), International Medical University (1999-2003) and University of Malaya (1987-1997).  She graduated from Northern Illinois University with post-graduate degrees in Instructional Technology and is Malaysia’s e-Learning pioneer.  She conceptualised several learning portals such as TM School Online, the first public education portal for school students, funded by Telekom Malaysia, OLIS (Online Learning Management System) for medical students and VeNUS (Virtual Education for Nursing Sciences) for the nursing students.

                  SESSION 9:
                  Developing a Pinterest in Learning (15:45 - 16:15)

                  Imagine having yet another visually attractive and useful tool to direct your students’ attention to. It is an easy to use online curation tool to use yet powerful. It is relatively new but quickly growing in popularity among educators. It can be designed to support learning among students, for example, by providing a board of learning resources for students to go to or as a learning item for collaborative discussion. It can be a brainstorming tool, a research tool, an idea-sharing tool, or a promotion tool. The list goes on and on.

                  SESSION 10:
                  Panel Discussion: OER, MOOCs & Future of Online Learning (16:15 - 17:00)

                  In this panel discussion, the panel members will first share their ideas and experiences (5 minutes each) about Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses, and the future of online learning. Then we will open it up for Q&A with the participants.

                  Panel Members:

                  • Prof. Zoraini Wati Abas
                  • Prof. Rozhan M. Idrus
                  • Prof. Abd Karim Alias
                  • Zaid Ali Alsagoff

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