Virtual motivational forum for teachers and parents

UNIVERSITI Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) organised an online motivational programme for teachers and parents who conducted home-based teaching and learning (PdPR), with help from Johor Education Department (JPNJ).

UTM Centre for Academic and Learning Experience (CAEL) director Prof Dr Intan Zaurah Mat Darus said the programme, titled “Program Bicara Guru Siri 1”, discussed challenges faced by both parents and teachers conducting PdPR due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The discussion, which focuses on the collaboration between schools, parents and students, can determine the effectiveness of virtual learning.

“It also emphasised the importance of soft skills in various aspects, such as conflict management and effective communication, ” she told StarMetro.

She added that the programme was also an initiative to cater to the needs of teachers, who might be experiencing stress in managing online learning.

“The programme was organised by second-year Caring Society general course students as they were required to apply community-based learning to provide them with a progressive learning experience and fulfil the community’s needs.

“It is in line with Higher Education Ministry’s initiative to combine learning objectives with community service through the approach of ‘High-Impact Educational Practices’, ” Prof Intan explained.

She highlighted that the programme was aimed at solving the problems of the target group in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Wellbeing.

She said the programme could provide opportunities, especially for teachers facing the challenge of teaching at this time with a shared commitment and for parents to guide their children to continue to be enthusiastic about learning.

The online programme also featured “The Teacher Talk Session” moderated by Noorjahan Sultan, who was a finalist of the 50 Global Teacher Awards 2016 and the Malaysian Teacher Icon 2016.

Also present at the forum were two panellists — Norhailmi Abdul Mutalib who was a Top 50 Finalist for the Prestigious Teacher Award and recipient of Global Teacher Prize 2020, and Education Ministry psychology and counselling division chief assistant secretary Azizurahman Samian.

The programme was live-streamed on JPNJ’s official Facebook page.

“The next instalment will be held next month, ” said Prof Intan.

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