Faculty of Communication and Media Studies (MASSCOM), Universiti Teknologi MARA, (UiTM) Malaysia in collaboration with University College Sedaya International(UCSI), has won the people’s choice award and a silver award at the Innovation in Teaching and Learning National Competition 2020 organized by the Hub for Innovative Teaching and Learning(HITeL), UiTM, Perak Branch, in October 2020.
The project led by Dr Wardatul Hayat Adnan, a lecturer from MASSCOM, UiTM was titled- Innovation on Malaya Independence War Graveyard Virtual Reality (VR) Application: An Alternative for Teaching & Learning. It won two awards whereby it used a VR application in describing some aspects of the history of Malaya’s independence and war heroes through War Graveyard location and identification.
This project was inspired by an ongoing campaign that was initiated by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Malaysian Museums in 2015(Student inspiration, Museum Innovation-Inspirasi Pelajar, Inovasi Muzium-IPIM) to integrate students from all cultural and social background through a cross-cultural concept that utilizes a combination of informal and formal education from museums.
The War Graveyard Virtual Reality (VR) Application hopes to be used as an alternative for teaching & learning of history subject for secondary school students once it is fully completed.
The team of five consisted of four participants from UiTM namely Dr Wardatul, Dr Ireena Nasiha Ibnu, Mahathir Ahamad, Norasikin Alimom and one participant from UCSI, Mohd Farizi Jamaludin.
The aim of this project is to enhance the comprehension of subjects that are considered hard to understand such as Malaysian history. Based on the initial research conducted among secondary school students, History was found to be one of the subjects considered dry and teachers were not able to capture the attention of students.
This pilot project has started with history relating to Malaya’s independence where information gathering begins at war heroes’ graveyards. Graveyards are scattered throughout Malaysia which shows the existence of the past.
This project is not only meant to promote achievements and past heroes but also to help society to conserve these important graveyards where sadly, some are already lost through time and development.
The participants of the Innovation in Teaching and Learning Competition 2020 (InTeLeC2020) came from various universities and colleges throughout Malaysia. Last year InTeLeC2020 showed an increase in the number of participation, where a total of 76 innovative ideas, design, practices, and products in teaching and learning were competing compared to the previous years.