Embrace e-learning

SYSTEMATIC College Kuching has been commended by its education partner Australia’s University of Sunshine Coast (USC) for providing the students with a conducive atmosphere for learning. 

“Many Systematic Kuching students who find it difficult to study on conventional time schedules have been offered an alternative – they can now take advantage of the e-learning study mode,” said USC’s senior academic coordinator Joanne Freeman on a recent visit to the institution. 

“The wireless broadband facilities in the college have enabled distance learners – mainly busy managers, entrepreneurs and consultants – to study at their own pace under the guidance of facilitators and learning support staff,” she added.  

A number of adults are currently enrolled at Systematic College Kuching for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme as off-campus students of USC.  

The two-year postgraduate programme is specially targeted at degree holders and those with diplomas and working experience.  

Chai (second from right) presenting a vase to Freeman while Systematic College Kuchingacademic head Connie Ling (extreme right) and MBA students look on.

Freeman said she was impressed by the resource centre and video conferencing facilities at the college whose online support system was developed in collaboration with SEG International’s (SEGi) Centre of Continuing Education.  

More than RM2mil has gone into setting up the e-campus portal segi2u.edu.my  

With the setting up of the e-campus portal, e-learning has taken off on a firm footing. Independent adult learners and undergraduates can now share knowledge, chat, discuss, prepare for exams and stay in touch with tutors and lecturers via the e-learning tool.  

Systematic College Kuching vice principal Raymond Chai said that the e-campus portal has also enhanced the efficiency of campus operations. 

“E-learning has lowered the costs of managing our centre and allowed us closer collaboration with our partner universities overseas.  

“We can also foster more independent study among working adults,” said Chai.  

He urged students to embrace e-learning to acquire new skills in order to stay competitive and meet global challenges.  

“We should not let barriers like the lack of equipment, lack of motivation, culture shock and difficulty in embracing new ideas stop us from moving forward.  

“As industries demand more and more skilled knowledge workers, managers may need to ‘go back to school’ to pick up new practices in their field. 

“They should welcome the opportunity to share their work experiences with others,” he added. 

Freeman said technology was the leading factor in enabling economies and societies to keep up with advances in the media, and in trade and business, around the world. 

“The concept of lifelong learning has long been part of the education policies in developed countries such as the United States and Britain,” she said.  

“Over there, people actively commit time and resources to enhancing their existing professional or technical competencies. We should do the same,” she added. 

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