Free resources for public, financial aid and food for students


  • Education
  • Sunday, 12 Apr 2020

UNIVERSITI Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is sharing with the public, school teachers and students, some of its e-learning resources.

The university said the portal is dedicated to the public, teachers and students who want to know more about e-learning and the various tools they can use.

“Students and even parents can be introduced to e-learning and the various tools that are available.

“Students who are new to online learning can prepare themselves before going to universities.

“There are also educational resources to read so they can fill their time at home,” it said in a statement.

No password is needed to access UTAR’s e-learning resources.

UTAR vice president of internationalisation and academic development Prof Dr Yow Ho Kwang said lectures and tutorials have been conducted online using video conferencing tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and Skype.

In addition, Kahoot!, Padlet, and Mentimeter are used as an interactive way to engage students in the online classroom.

“The focus of online learning, however, is about people engaging in interactive communication to deliver the intended learning outcomes, assisted by technological devices,” he said, adding that these enable students to conduct discussions online.

The varsity also has its own learning management system, namely, the Web-Based Learning Environment platform which lets lecturers upload course materials like video clips, voice-over and slides, in digital form. Interaction with students are via email and forum posts so learning can take place at any time and at students’ own pace.

Over 1,500 courses have been made available through the Google-driven platform.

UTAR’s platform can be accessed via https://e-learning.utar.edu.my/e-Learning-Environment-Public.php.

To help ease its students’ financial burden, the varsity is providing interest free loans and instalment payment plans – in addition to existing scholarships and loan schemes.

Those requiring financial assistance to support their living expenses can apply for a one-time interest-free loan of RM500 or below. No guarantor is required unless the student is applying for an interest-free loan of more than RM500.

If approved, the loan will be disbursed directly into students’ bank accounts.

The installment plan, however, is only available to Malaysian foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students of the May 2020 trimester intake.

For details, call 011-11073427 or 016-3905466; visit www.utar.edu.my (Student Portal>Information Gateway>Scholarship and Student Loan Online Application); or email noraida@utar.edu.my or yipkl@utar.edu.my (Kampar campus), or hafizb@utar.edu.my or tanws@utar.edu.my (Sungai Long campus).

Besides offering financial aid, a free meal initiative for needy students is also being carried out by the varsity.

Conducted in collaboration with its Student Representative Council (SRC), a list of students who require meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has been compiled.

Some 100 students benefited from the free daily meals, thanks to generous sponsors like Yayasan Foodbank, GMPS Negeri Perak, MCA Youth, Yayasan Lee Chong Wei and Bandar Sungai Long residents.

Besides the daily meals, cartons of biscuits, instant noodles, drink sachets and hand sanitisers were also donated.

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