Another proposal to be implemented is a âWOU staff student seminarâ. Prof Wong said this can be arranged in the late afternoons on a voluntary basis for those in the final semester of their Masterâs programme.
And effective January 2010, any academic staff who is supported by WOU to attend a conference should first give an internal presentation to the other academics.
âThe advantage is that they can get input from the others while the university gets some assurance that certain quality standards are met,â remarked Prof Wong.
Other proposals for the WOU research agenda were a common discussion forum in the staff portal for academics to update each other on the research they are doing, and to incorporate seminar bookings and virtual posters as well.
Earlier in this talk, Prof Wong said that WOUâs research strength obviously lies in open distance learning (ODL), adding that the University will provide some funding for research in 2010.
âGet into the habit of getting into research and get them published in journals,â he told the academics, pointing out that they can generate collaboration and interest from others once their work is presented at conferences or published.
Meanwhile former Vice Chancellor Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarjan, now the honorary director of WOUâs Institute of Research and Innovation (IRI), shared about the âCentre for the Study of Innovations in Teaching and Learningâ which aims to track application of learning technologies (LT) in Asia and provide training in LT applications.
Among the Centreâs activities for 2010 are to explore the use of open education resources in selected Southeast Asian countries, and a two-year study of OER applications in Asia.
About 30 academic staff attended the workshop which also saw the different academic unit heads outlining project areas in which they can offer coordination and leadership.