Focus on online teaching, learning

Fadzillah (left) looking at how lecturers use their smartphone to record a tutorial with a green screen background in the college’s newly launched Digital Learning Centre.

JOHOR BARU: Pasir Gudang Community College is planning to make online teaching and learning its primary focus in line with the ongoing Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) by utilising Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).

Its director Fadzillah Mohd Yusof said the first phase of their plan was to send all 44 lecturers in the college to undergo retraining and upskilling classes on online education platforms such as Google Classroom and Google Suite.

She added that they would also learn how to use software for video editing, animation and authoring tools and free online platforms for interactive quizzes and assessment.

“They have been exposed to some of the other apps like Google Meet and Cisco Webex during the movement control order (MCO) and now that we are in the recovery period, we decided to make the teaching and learning process even more interactive.

“The lecturers will undergo training for two months and by the end of it, each of them will come out with their own module on how they can teach their students, ” she said when met at her office at the community college.

Pasir Gudang Community College offers certificates in five courses, namely hairdressing, beauty therapy and spa, business operations, information technology, and fashion and clothing.

Fadzillah said the lecturers would also be taught about video production processes which they can then share with their students on the online education platform.

“We recently launched our Digital Learning Centre on June 16 where lecturers are given a specialised room for their editing and shooting video purposes. They are also taught video shooting techniques and creative ways to film using a smartphone.

“There is no cost involved in the process as our trainers have expertise in the subject and we are only maximizing the usage of all types of equipment and tools that we already have, ” she added.

Fadzillah also said the college plans on conducting a short course programme with very minimal fees for those living near the campus especially the B40 group.

“Once we have all the learning modules ready, we are going to share it with our local community so that they too have the chance to upskill themselves and perhaps change their lives, ” she said.

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