February 2015

Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the New Year bring good health, prosperity, peace and goodwill to all.

As the new academic year kicks off with Orientation Week (23 – 27 February 2015), we welcome our students and staff and look forward to ongoing collaborations on innovative learning and teaching enhancement. Orientation Week is a time of engagement in an extreme sense with the campus buzzing with every kind of student - staff activity for current and new students from across Schools and departments.

Information flow is at the highest level and one may easily suffer ‘information burnout’ however, ongoing engagement in the context of disciplinary and program requirements is a way of making sense of the information overflow. We encourage ongoing dialogue and information seeking as the year progresses through various stages of academic work.

What’s new?

Speak English Lah! - Collaboration with Human Resources
The Education Management team is working closely with Kavitha Gopalan in Human Resources to develop a Monash Malaysia ‘home-grown’ English Language program for all staff (professional and academic) to improve English Language communication on campus across all levels of staff and student engagement.
Once the program is piloted among staff later in 2015, we will consider extending it to students.

The program will embrace basic principles of engagement that we have adopted in other Education Management learning and teaching events and forums.

Key Principles for communication in Education Management events and forums:

  • Equity: Fair treatment of participants and facilitators
  • Diversity: Ensure that diversity is respected
  • Inclusivity: Participants and facilitators are expected to be included in all components of the program


Do’s and Don’ts for Effective and Respectful Communication

Do

  • Respect all participants and their contributions (suggestions, opinions and views)
  • Treat all colleagues with dignity
  • Maintain confidentiality of all discussions throughout the program and thereafter
  • Agree to disagree


Do not

  • Discriminate on the basis of language spoken, culture, ethnicity, nationality and/or job category
  • Display prejudice and stereotypical behavior
  • Ridicule participants for their actions and the views they express
  • Be rude impolite and unprofessional


Multidisciplinary Integrated Skills Program (MISP) – Collaboration with the Library Director and the Academic Liaison Manager
We are in the process of reframing the different school integrated and central academic learning skills, digital literacy and research skills programs under Multidisciplinary Integrated Skills Program (MISP). MISP consolidates all the existing and emerging programs within the Education Management and Library portfolio and is co-facilitated by team members from both departments. More information will be available over the coming weeks.

Monash University Australia (MUA) News
Monash University Australia is launching the Monash Education Academy on 18 March 2015. More information on this from the Office of the Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning) is pasted below.

The Monash Education Academy is being launched to recognise, support and promote excellence in teaching. The academy will support Monash educators in providing students with an outstanding learning experience by offering:

  • training in new and existing teaching approaches
  • rewards for teaching excellence
  • expert support to conduct research into teaching
  • forums for sharing best practice with peers.

With regard to Monash Malaysia campus representation on learning and teaching matters at MUA, we note that The Monash Executive Council would comprise Dean-nominated candidates, and it would be the responsibility of these candidates to ensure that they act in the best interest of all campuses.

Special Projects and Reference Groups update - Monash University Australia
Below is an update on the various special projects and reference groups that have been established and/or completed at MUA.

New special projects and reference groups

    • Unit Guide Manager (UGM) Project: Project established in 2015. Contact person is Erika Gough
      Faculty staff are represented in the reference group. Erika provided the following brief synopsis - “UGM is a new enterprise system to manage the creation, maintenance, approval, publication and archiving of unit guides. UGM will replace the use of Word templates and the legacy system, Unit Guide Editor. Ms Gough has suggested that we meet via video conference to discuss timelines and impacts on international campuses. The Education Management team will notify Schools when the meeting is scheduled and will invited Academic Liaison Representatives to the meeting.
    • Learning Systems Reference Group: Project established in 2015. Contact person is Heath Graham

Completed special projects and reference groups

  • Assessment Upliftment Project (Moodle 2.7 upgrade): Completed in 2014

Events - Monash Malaysia
On the Monash Malaysia campus, in response to ongoing communication with School Heads, Deputy Heads, Academic Liaison Partners, staff and students about a number of different learning and teaching matters, the Education Management team will be hosting two forums in March for Academic Liaison Partners.

17 March 2015 - Education Innovators Forum
Topics:

Time: 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed
Note: This event is organised to provide Academic Liaison Partners with information in response to their queries about a range of issues related to their roles and responsibilities as well as queries about the effective design and delivery of online learning. All are welcome to attend however, priority will be given to Academic Liaison Partners so that they may disseminate information widely within their Schools and programs.

18 March 2015 - Video Conference meeting with MUA

  • Discussion and Information sharing about the CEED ( Continuous Education Excellence Development) program and Monash Education Academy

Time: 12:30 to 2:00 pm Malaysian time (3:30 to 5:00 pm Melbourne time) – To be confirmed
Venue: To be confirmed
Note: This event is organised to provide School staff with information about CEED, the Monash Education Academy and TACT in response to their queries about a range of issues related to staff roles in their respective areas within Schools. We invite at least one representative per School (including staff who have raised queries).

Semester 1, 2015 - Professional Development Program for Undergraduates – New Learning Skills Program
The Professional Development Program for Undergraduates will commence in Semester 1, 2015 aims at helping students with essential skills to be prepared and be competitive in the workforce. This program complements students’ academic qualifications by providing them with opportunities to practice essential skills while at Monash Malaysia. Visit our website for more information.


Special News from the Education Management team

Congratulations to Fadhilyansah Saipul and his wife, Nor Farha Zubair, on the arrival of their first baby daughter on 24 February 2015.

What’s not?

Our Education Management team continues to engage with staff and students to provide information and support programs to enhance learning and teaching. We work closely with Schools to review learning and teaching enhancement plans and to implement effective innovative practices as part of our collective commitment to continuous improvement in learning and teaching design and delivery.

PASS Program update
The PASS Program for 2015 will introduce staff and students to PASS and will also provide Student Leader training to support the delivery of an effective PASS Program. The PASS Introduction and Training Program will be conducted on 26 and 27 February 2015. More information and the program outline area available on our website .

Learning Skills update
Learning Skills team will continue to provide generic academic skills lunchtime workshops, Learn English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) program, unit-integrated classes in Schools (upon request) and drop-in consultation sessions.

Moodle Update
Moodle training and information from MUA is provided on an ongoing basis through the Education Management Program Coordinator, Fadhliyansah Saipul. Contact Fadhliyansah for information on Moodle. Moodle training is provided by Debra McCormick (Educational Technologies Training Coordinator) at MUA. Debra has offered to conduct ‘train the trainer’ sessions so we are seeking School feedback on a suitable time for the sessions to be held in Malaysia. Please contact Fadhliyansah if you are agreeable to have the training session during the Semester 1 break between 6 and 10 April 2015.

Moodle representatives in Schools
Some Schools have opted to have a School representative for the School which is an effective strategy for internal School updates. In some Schools, the Moodle representative is the same person who is also the Academic Liaison Partner. Schools are encouraged to nominate School representatives to update staff on Moodle.

Recommended Learning and Teaching Resources
The list of recommended learning and teaching resources is provided for your information and use, as relevant to your individual need. Please contact us if you have additional resources that you wish to share with our campus community.

Acknowledgements

The eNews monthly newsletter is co-authored by the Education Management team (Purush Karu, Regina Chan, Fadhliyansah Saipul and Fay Patel).

Collaborations is another outcome of the first Education Innovators Forum that Education Management hosted in June, 2014. The forum is a Monash University Malaysia approach to assessing learning and teaching needs across the campus. It is a variation of the World Café and The Art of Conversations that Matter. The event was hosted by the Education Management team in the Campus Education Office to encourage inter-school/department and multidisciplinary conversations about learning and teaching at Monash University Malaysia. Collaborations was the topic of concern for Hassan Yusuf Osman, a founding member of the Education Innovators Forum team.

Participants who attended the event agreed to form an Education Innovators team and to host the forum at the invitation of Schools and departments to facilitate ongoing dialogue about learning and teaching concerns, as required. The Education Innovators Forum Resources are developed by the discussion facilitators of various topics that were identified as critical learning and teaching concerns and dilemmas at the Forum.

Each resource is designed in the form of an easy to read short information brochure on a specific topic. It can be used to facilitate discussion among colleagues and peers who hold similar interests and for use with student groups, as relevant to the learning and teaching context. Team members are Esyin Chew (Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology), Boon How Khoo (Lecturer, School of Engineering), Adrian Yao Yong Tat (Lecturer, School of Arts and Social Sciences), Hassan Yusuf Osman (Senior Librarian, Library and Learning Commons), Charles Liong (Student, School of Business), Purush Karu (Learning Skills Adviser, Education Management), Regina Chan (Learning Skills Adviser, Education Management), Fadhliyansah Saipul (Program Coordinator), Cheang Kok Soon (Administrative Assistant, Quality & Compliance) and Fay Patel (Director, Education Management).

Copyright © Monash University Malaysia 2014. No part of this publication may be revised and/or reproduced without the full acknowledgement of the authors/co-authors of the Education Innovators team and Monash University Malaysia.