WOU dominated the award winners at this year’s AAOU Conference by taking 50% of the awards offered. The paper by Ishan and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Academic Support) Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye entitled ‘Development of a Computer aided ODL Course Development Tracking System (CDTS)’ was awarded the silver medal for the Best Paper Award competition.
In the Young Innovators Award category, the joint paper by SST’s Vincent Chung and Karen Khor entitled ‘Mobile Agents (Replication Agent, Snapshot Agent) Approach for Transaction Processing in Mobile Database System – Mobile Learning Environment’ took the Gold Medal while the Silver was won by School of Business and Administration deputy dean Dr Teoh Ai Ping and co-authors via their paper entitled ‘Student Interaction in the online Learning Management System: A Comparative Study of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses’. Dr Teoh had previously won a silver medal in the 2008 AAOU Annual Conference.
Overall, the WOU staff grabbed three of the 6 awards on offer. This reflected well on the quality of the research conducted by WOU staff despite the institutions relatively young age. The WOU learning community is elated over the successes of our colleagues.
The 25th AAOU Annual Conference will be held at the WOU Campus from 28-30 September 2011 with the theme on “Transforming Asia through Open Distance Learning (ODL)” to focus on the role of ODL in transforming the life of Asian communities . The five sub-themes of the conference are: cultural and social change; quality; business model and the role of partnership in ODL; technology; and future trends.