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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.