An e-Forum on Advancing Teaching and Learning in Tertiary Education was hosted by
Society for Teaching and Learning for Tertiary Education (STALITE), the Office of International Affairs, and Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Pulau Pinang (UiTMCPP) following the launching event of STALITE by Professor Ts. Dr Salmiah Kasolang, the rector of UiTMCPP on 1 April 2021.
Under the Rector’s Special Project, STALITE supports its homegrown journal, International Journal of Practices in Teaching and Learning (IJPTL).
In transforming towards a globally renowned university in line with Universiti Teknologi MARA’s 5-year strategic plan, the e-Forum moderated by Norhaslinda Hassan from UiTMCPP were enlivened by the presence of four experienced panellists from different countries with diverse fields of expertise to share their knowledge.
The panellists were Dr. Kotona Motoyama, a senior lecturer of Global Communication Center and International Project Coordinator at Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Japan. Professor Steve Flint, the Academic Director of School of Food and Advanced Technology from Massey University, New Zealand, Dr. Tamer A. Tabet, a researcher from Baghdad, Iraq and Dr. Rofiza Aboo Bakar, a senior lecturer from the Academy of Language Studies, UiTMCPP, Malaysia.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the majority of global industries including the education industry has urged academicians to transform their teaching methods into full mode of online learning. It is undeniable that this newly introduced method of teaching has its advantages and circumstances as discussed in the e-Forum.
The topics covered by the panellists were about Open Distance Learning (ODL) trends, students’ academic integrity during ODL, and tips and tricks in publishing in academia for university students. The sharing session has certainly enlightened the participants on the current academic scenario from the perspectives of various countries during the pandemic.
As a newly-formed society, STALITE’s first ever e-Forum received positive feedback with over 150 local participants and more than 15 international participants, as well as 847 viewers on UiTM’s official YouTube official. The strategic partners for this e-forum were the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and Academy of Languages Studies (APB), Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Pulau Pinang (UiTMCPP).