We had an opportunity to share our experiences with our colleagues from School of Civil Engineering. They are engineers. Yup. I feel small to share my experience with them about e-content. Since the semester will start next week, I just want to share with them about what we can do to prepare our e-content for this semester. It is not about getting the extra bonus marks per se but it is about how to document our teaching practice through digital means.
I met some brilliant minds in our country who went to some of the best ivy leagues in the world such as Cambridge University, University of California, Sacramento and such. I feel small indeed.
When I share my experience filling in TESDCP and TES (E-content), there was a little commotion. Wow…. it is indeed a quite controversial thing. I told them why it is important for us to link URL on our self-assessment (TESDCP). Some of them lamented that nobody told them before about it. Well, I told them honestly that I thought that everyone knows the importance of linking URL (even though it is stated if applicable) on each aspect of their self-assessment and reflections because it carries certain weight on how our self-assessment and reflection is being evaluated.
I told them that we need to strategise now. Since all of us have to prepare our OBE, we can put our reflection on the CQI part on our webometric and later on link our reflection (that we write on webometric) on certain aspects such as Goals of student learning and such on TESDCP. In this case, we fulfill three things which are required on us: OBE (CQI), webometrics and TESDCP. It is a matter of how we simplify things. One of the members asked me “Why do we have to do redundant things?” I don’t have any idea or answer to that. My reply is “It is about how we help UTM to be more visible“. One of them who is very well-versed in developing learning management system (he even develops his own personalised system) asked me further, “Why can’t CTL make our e-learning as public instead?“
It makes me think why are we in this predicament on a first place. Why do we have to document our teaching practice? Does it mean that if we don’t well-document our teaching practice we are not doing our job appropriately as university instructors? Clearly, I don’t have definite answers to this.