May 2015

Welcome to the May edition of eNews!

We wish our colleagues a restful long weekend as we celebrate both Labour Day and Wesak Day between 1st and 4th May 2015. The Health and Wellness week in April brought important messages about ‘mindfulness, caring and self-compassion’ in a world of constant deadlines, targets and challenges.

This month we have news about Zoom technology options for use in a blended learning format at Monash University and more information about the challenges and benefits of using Zoom. May will be another exciting month of learning and teaching seminars and conferences on campus and overseas. We encourage you to take every opportunity to enhance your publications and professional portfolios through paper presentations, journal publications and conference attendance. We also report briefly on our two April events on sessional teaching approaches and the ongoing dialogue in higher education on internationalization and glocalization of learning.

Our upcoming Glocalization of Learning Marathon on 21 May has seven speakers presenting various disciplinary perspectives and approaches on their research, teaching and learning passion. Click here for registration.

What's new?

Zoom in and attend events virtually

Monash University has introduced a new technology option for learners and teaching staff to extend the learning experience outside the traditional classroom.

You are familiar with Zoom as it is used in the Learning Lunch Box seminars in 2015. Registration, attendance and campus announcements are handled directly by Rachel Saffer, MUA. Staff are encouraged to join the webinars and to view video recordings of the sessions. For more information on the MUA Learning Lunch Boxes contact Rachel and visit

On the Monash Malaysia campus, the Education Management team tried out Zoom technology on two occasions in April and found that as with most technology enhanced learning components in the learning and teaching space, it worked well on one occasion and posed a challenge on the second occasion. As with all technology exploration, we experienced a technical glitch during Dr Mingsheng’s delivery in April when the session timed out without warning. This demonstrates that in a blended learning mode we have to be prepared to provide both face-to-face and online learning experiences. Contact our team for information on our experience, if you wish to explore Zoom technology.

Every technology has some challenges and benefits. Below is a link that provides information about the comparison between Zoom and Google Hangouts.

Learning Skills

Week 7 and 8 have been extremely busy in the Learning Skills Department with approximately 22 students per week, mostly from the Schools of Business and Arts and Social Sciences. Assistance in referencing, essay structure, English
language and editing tips for assignments topped the priority list. Students are welcome to make appointments for consultation or just drop-in on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon for academic skills advice, English language assistance and/or advice about exam preparation.

STEP – Sessional Teaching Essentials Program meeting – 16 April 2015

The open forum on School-based STEP programs at Monash Malaysia proved useful in identifying challenges and led to several recommendations based on innovative practices in the Schools. Education Management circulated information regarding sessional staff policy, payment rates and descriptors to Schools to ensure that all sessional staff receive payment for their services. We are grateful to all participants for sharing School approaches to sessional teaching development. Valuable feedback was obtained from members attending the forum and recommendations will be forwarded to CEC for deliberation.

23 April 2015 (12:00 to 2:00 pm) – Glocalization of Learning Speaker Series

Staff joined the open forum on Internationalization or Glocalization of the Curriculum to review opportunities and challenges. We explored the blended learning mode using Zoom to connect with Dr Mingsheng Li at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, a video recorded presentation by Dr Shanthy Rachagan, and a face-to-face delivery from Mr Gavin Gomez and Dr Melanie Ooi. Our audience also participated in blended mode with several staff in the HR training room and about three staff online via Zoom.

With appreciation of the time commitment of all speakers and participants, we thank them for their participation in an engaging discussion on the notion of internationalized and glocalized learning approaches. All presenters approached the topic from their respective disciplinary and professional perspectives. The discussion produced a wide range of common concerns and discipline specific opportunities and recommendations, as noted below. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and stakeholders are encouraged to find ‘innovative context based solutions’.

Common concerns

  • Designing an integrated, holistic curriculum that is negotiated with industry partners
  • Engaging with varied experiences of non-native English speaking staff and students in a glocalized learning
  • environment
  • Overcoming one way communication of the glocalized learning paradigm
  • Finding middle ground among all stakeholders (learners, teachers and industry partners) to develop an experiential learning curriculum
  • Educating our learner cohorts to embrace a social justice approach and become critical scholars


  • Provide leadership from the top down on matters of policy and practice
  • Empower lecturers and learners to be creative in their course design
  • In a transnational learning space, provide support and enable learners and lecturers to contextualize learning
  • Create opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and establish ‘capstone’ subjects with life experience options
  • Partner with industry and community groups to design an integrated, holistic curriculum instead of bringing in speakers as a piecemeal one off event.

Connecting with MUA

We receive a number of queries related to different components of the Better Learning Better Teaching agenda at MUA. Below is a link to more information on the various programs and initiatives. For more information, please visit the website

Peer Assisted Student Sessions (PASS) Progress

The PASS program is well underway and PASS leaders are actively participating in enhancing learning through their ongoing support of their peers. The PASS Peer Review program was successful in gathering constructive feedback in week 5 and 6. Six peer reviewers included members of the Education Management team, PASS Leaders and a PASS Unit Coordinator from the 2014 cohort. They provided constructive feedback which the PASS Program Coordinator (Fadhliyansah Saipul) discussed with current PASS Leaders.

Education Matters

We encourage staff to attend the webinars on Learning Outcomes, to review the Handbook and to also visit the Transforming Assessment website for information and resources on enhancing learning and teaching.

Learning Outcomes Webinars and Handbook

Measuring matters: HEQCO (Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario) webinars on learning outcomes.
Forget ROIs, GPAs, and KPIs. Learning outcomes are the game changer in higher education, but they are only meaningful if they are measurable. Hear from the experts on developing effective outcomes assessments at your institution in a 3-part series of hour-long webinars on March 30, April 30, and May 28. It's free, so
register now.

Transforming Assessment

Transforming Assessment is the outcome of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Project led by Professor Geoffrey Crisp and Dr Matthew Hillier. A new Transforming Assessment website has been launched and this site would be a matter of interest for those who wish to explore ‘the use of information and communication technology to enhance the assessment of student learning in higher education (e-assessment)’. More information is available at this link The Transforming Assessment webinars are part of a series of free events covering a range of e-assessment topics.

Next webinar: 6 May 2015 'Development of 4D farms to improve student learning and safety’
Presenter: Stuart Barber (University of Melbourne, Australia).

Eleven high-resolution, panoramic four-dimensional (4D) virtual farms from across Australasia have been developed. These 4D farms and associated learning resources support student learning before, during and after student visits to properties. This presentation will provide an overview of the material, its current and potential use within veterinary and agricultural curricula and student assessment. This session will cover the background and goals of the project, and include demonstration of the website and associated learning modules.

Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Dean Learning and Teaching, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia.

Registration Process

Dr Hillier has announced a new self-registration process for webinars. Note about creating new Transforming Note about creating new Transforming Assessment site accounts:

  • This is a once only job - once created the account is good for all future webinars.
  • If registering with an education domain email ('edu', 'ac') or an email from the authorised domains list, this will give you full access to try e-assessment examples and post content in forums.
  • A valid email address is required to validate your account, done by clicking the link emailed to you (it may take 15 minutes to arrive).
  • Regardless of the email you used to register, all users with accounts can register for webinars!
    Recently recorded webinars:

Enhancing Publications and Professional Portfolios

*Call for papers

3rd Annual Learning Futures, Quality and Innovation Forum
19 and 21 May 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Information available at

*5th International Conference on eLearning (ICeL) 26 – 28 May 2015
26 to 28 May 2015, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
For more information, please visit:

*Second IEEE International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2015)
20 to 22 May 2015, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, Thailand
The Second International Conference on Education Technologies and Computers (ICETC2015)
Further details, including paper submission instructions, are available at 

*Indigenous Content in Education Symposium: Engaging Indigenous knowledge’s, pedagogies and curriculum, 2015
21 September 2015, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Register your interest at

*Global Access to Post-Secondary Education in the 21st Century: Meeting the Global Challenge
5 to 8 October 2015, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Submission date for papers: 31 March 2015

Sunway University, in partnership with the Global Access to Post-secondary Education (GAPS) Initiative is hosting a major worldwide conference in access and equity in post-secondary education from the 5th to the 8th October 2015.
To find out more please go to GAPS website and @gapseducation

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

Global Nxt University Training Program
28 to 29 May 2015, Manipal International University, Nilai.
GlobalNxt University in Kuala Lumpur is offering a learning design training program, Teaching Methodology & New Program Development (TMPD). This is a 2 day face-to-face program that will be delivered at the Manipal International University, Nilai.

The TMPD program is intended to equip the faculty and administrators with the methods for teaching from a Malaysian and global perspective along with the framework for developing new programs and will be run by facilitators with experience of teaching and developing programs at International Universities.
Program Schedule: Will be shared with the registered participants in due course.
Note: Please inform Education Management if you intend to register for this program as we there may be a discount for our staff if we have many interested staff.

Upcoming events in May 2015

21 May 2015 (12:00 to 2:00 pm) – Glocalization of Learning Marathon
Speakers: Dr Melanie Ooi, Professor Sunil Lal, Dr Lin Yang, Dr Long Chiau Ming, Mr Abdulla Mahmud, Mr. Vigneshvaran, and Mr Boon How Khoo
Staff are invited to make a presentation on a topic of research and teaching that they are passionate about or pose a critical education challenge. Click here for registration.

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.

This month we recommend the following books.

Leask, B. (2015). Internationalizing the Curriculum. London: Routledge.

Phelan, A. (2015) Curriculum Theorizing and Teacher Education: Complicating Conjunctions. London: Routledge.

Trahar, S. & Wai Ming Yu. (2015) Using Narrative Inquiry for Educational Research in the Asia Pacific. London: Routledge.


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.