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1. Vignettes of Selected Asian Experience
This report presents six case studies on the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) by institutions in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Pakistan and India. Each of the cases describes the experience, values and outcomes that institutions derived from adopting OER.
The case study in Malaysia presents the adoption of OER at Wawasan Open University for undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Three courses across three schools of studies were designed, developed and delivered to off-campus learners using OER as a main component of the content.
The case study in Hong Kong presents a project to develop an open textbook system for Hong Kong. The project was launched in 2003 by the Open University of Hong Kong to design and produce open textbooks for all levels of education (primary, secondary and tertiary).
The case study in Thailand presents an OER-based professional development course designed by the Thai Cyber University Project (TCU) to train e-learning specialists. The TCU acts as one massive portal through which Thai citizens can access e-learning courses from all participating public universities.
The case study in Pakistan presents an Open Courseware programme by The Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP), where VUP’s learning materials are video lectures broadcasted to all parts of Pakistan through four TV channels and globally through YouTube.
The first case study in India presents the open courseware produced by the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). The open courseware is made available for reuse by other colleges, and universities of engineering and technology.
The second case study in India presents a project on Karnataka Open Educational Resources (KOER), which attempts to build a community of teachers through sharing of OER for knowledge and their professional development.
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2. Emerging Trends in Higher Education Pedagogy
This report presents a collection of papers to review the thinking and research done in the area of higher education pedagogy. Each of the papers explores the new forms of teaching, learning and assessment for an interactive world, and presents the various innovative aspects of higher education pedagogy. The Introduction provides an overview of what the future holds for the educators and students of institutions of higher education, followed by a summary of the papers presented at the Roundtable Workshop.
Chapter 1 examines how the applications of ICT and the availability of a digital environment has led to innovative practices such as OERs, OEPs, social media and MOOCs, and made it possible to improve the quality and increase access of higher education. It examines these issues against a backdrop of the historical developments in the theoretical bases of the learning processes that have been integrated into the teaching-learning strategies.
Chapter 2 provides an incremental and robust professional development programme that incorporates continuous professional development which encourages academics to embrace learning and teaching approaches that have sound pedagogical foundations and address learner needs.
Chapter 3 discusses the major role of assessment in student learning, sound design approaches, and ways that assessment can be structured to recognise student diversity and prepare students for success in the world of the 21st century.
Chapter 4 reports on a range of initiatives that have been undertaken at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia to enhance student involvement in teaching and learning processes.
Chapter 5 presents the trends in technology-supported teaching learning processes and the approaches used in higher education institutions to add value to the knowledge creation, curation, distribution and sharing with their learners, as well as to support learners through their academic life with the institution.
3. Emerging Technologies for Supply Chain Management
This report presents a collection of five papers in the area of emerging technologies for supply chain management. It presents the implications of supply chain on Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Autonomous vehicles, Smart warehousing and 3D printings. The report includes various supply chain partners, namely manufacturing suppliers, transporters, distributors, retailers and end customers. The papers were written based on literature reviews, empirical case studies and roundtable with many supply chain experts.
Chapter 1 presents how Internet of Things (IoT) could identify opportunities to improve supply chain performance. The proposed framework is illustrated by applying the “Beer Distribution Game” and a related version of that modified supply chain to include more real-world features.
Chapter 2 examines the contribution of robotics and automation for the next generation of e-commerce in supply chain. The paper explores the automated guided vehicles, and Automated Storage and Retrieval Solutions that utilise barcodes and QR codes to navigate the warehouses. The paper concluded with the challenges of automation and robotics in the Malaysian supply chain.
Chapter 3 discusses the implications of Big Data to supply chain. It elaborates the contributions of Big Data in the framework of responsive sensing analytics, predictive scenario planning, effective and visible deliveries, and digitalised manufacturing and services.
Chapter 4 describes how procurement/purchasing function could be competitive through the involvement in Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, Big Data and Internet of Things. It explains that Artificial Intelligence could be useful for supplier selection, purchase order administration and contract management. In addition, 3D printing could be very useful for inventory management of spare parts, prototypes and low volume items.
Chapter 5 explains digital supply chain network and the four stages towards maturity of a digital supply chain. It provides further details about Internet of Things in logistics and the outlook of Malaysia in Supply Chain 4.0.