WOU coordinator for the workshop, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic Support) Prof Datoâ€™ Ho Sinn Chye, said that the university is partnering with CEMCA for the first time in hosting such a workshop. He hopes that more of such joint multimedia-based workshops with CEMCA could be organised for the benefit of educators in the region from time to time.
She said the problem of lack of infrastructure, quality teachers or lack of funds in remote areas can be overcome through open and distance learning. She however urged WOU to help develop the ODL sector and build up the credibility of ODL universities in Asia so as to be on par with or superior to conventional education, similar to OUUK.
CEMCA is a regional agency of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), headquartered in Canada, and implements the COLâ€™s mandate in the eight countries of Commonwealth Asia.