USM plans to set up more centres of learning

UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia (USM) will focus on creating more learning centres nationwide to widen the reach of education for those planning to pursue higher education, said its vice-chancellor Datuk Dr Omar Osman.

“Geographical reasons should not be a hindrance for those pursuing higher education and these learning centres would act as complementary USM campuses.

“Why focus on pursuing education on campus when technology has developed so rapidly that higher education could be pursued through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC),” he said.

Dr Omar was speaking at the oath-taking ceremony by the university’s Distance Learning programme’s new students at USM in Penang on Tuesday.

MOOC, he said, offered open source knowledge but student faced challenges as online lectures did not have books, notes and other aids.

He added that distance learning opened up new avenues for creative teaching by using the aid of videos, WebEx, e-lecture, portals and e-learning.

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