Some people asked me if I underwent BS4DCP like them. I said that during my time, we had Induction Course. I had that long time ago (more than 10 years ago). Upon saying this, I realize that I am not young. Let’s admit that. With the number 4 in front of my age, unlike BMW 4 Series, some of the things that I have are starting to deplete. Yup.
I was informed that one of the things that they have to do as new academic staff is to attend the BS4DCP courses. They have to do assignments and one of it is to create a post on their people.utm.my (webometrics). One of the juniors suggested that they should look my webometrics. Hearing that, my first reaction is “What? My webometrics?” It is kind of funny when people start looking at my webometrics as a reference. I never thought that I would be this famous. Oh man!
But what a heck! Please go through my posts as you wish. If whatever I have posted make sense and could help you guys in completing your assignments, I feel honored that I could assist you guys through this blog. Happy reading!
P.S: I write this post with the knowledge that you will read this somehow (tongue in cheek remark!)
When I submitted the application form, I need to write something about the blog. Other nominees would write about themselves more than 50 words long. Me? I cringe with just the thought of writing something about myself. Nay. So I ended up writing “Laman web saya mengandungi kandungan yang serious dan juga santai seperti bukti pengajaran, strategi yang saya gunakan untuk mengawal tekanan dan sebagainya” [22 words]. There you go. As you can see, the person in charge of this booklet screen captured one page from my webometrics and lo and behold, look at the title: “Anugerah Webometrics 2019: Should I?”
If you look at previous recipients (2016, 2017, 2019), they wrote extensive narrative description about themselves. There is nothing wrong with that. But in my case, I chose not to write lengthy stuff about myself.
Few of my friends asked me “What was I thinking?” when I wrote that knowing that it will appear in the booklet for this year Citra Karisma. Oh do I care! That is my initial reaction. Why should I be pretentious, right? I am what I am and who I am cannot be defined with what I wrote, have written, write and will write in any piece of paper. [This quote sounds familiar. Oh no! I sound more like my mentor, Yedullah Kazmi]
Ada orang tanya macam mana nak menang Anugerah Teknologi Maklumat (Webometrics). Macam mana nak menang? (I rolled my eyes when I saw the question popping up on Whatsapp) Saya teringat tips yang saya dapat dari rakan-rakan (dua dari mereka merupakan pemenang anugerah ini juga bagi tahun 2016 dan 2017)
1) Niat menulis untuk berkongsi maklumat dan pengalaman. Sharing is caring. Contoh: Ada rakan yang mungkin tak dapat hadir ke bengkel yang kita dapat hadiri. Bagaimana nak berkongsi pengetahuan atau maklumat terkini yang kita perolehi dari bengkel yang mungkin berguna kepada orang lain juga? – zaman sebelum ada Webex. Ini adalah soalan yang diutarakan oleh Dr Norah (Pemenang Anugerah Webometrik 2016) kepada saya untuk saya fikirkan apabila menulis di people.utm.my. Alhamdulillah saya juga boleh lihat kembali (ingatkan diri saya) tentang perkara atau proses yang setahun sekali sahaja perlu diisi seperti TESDCP. Saya dapat lihat pertambahan elemen yang diperlukan bagi tahun ni berbanding tahun lepas berdasarkan penulisan tentang TESDCP pada tahun lepas.
2) Guna webometrics sebagai cara mendokumentasi pengajaran. Bukan untuk menunjuk-nunjuk tetapi sebagai ingatan kepada diri sendiri tentang aspek pengajaran yang boleh diperbaiki. Ini adalah tips yang saya perolehi dari Dr Asmawi (SKA) (Pemenang Anugerah Webometrik 2017). Dalam hal ini, webometrik boleh digunakan sebagai E-content (bawah kategori blog). Webometrik Dr Asmawi amat tersusun dan padat. Boleh dijadikan contoh sebagai rujukan. Highly recommended!
3) Untuk TESDCP, salah satu elemen yang perlu diisi adalah Falsafah Pengajaran. Dengan kekangan karakter (4000 characters), Dr Nihra ada menyarankan saya “Kalau nak tulis panjang lebar, letak la kat kau punya webometrik. Kat TESDCP ni nak yang ringkas dan padat je. Letak URL link webo kat TESDCP tu.” Saya mengikut saranan beliau sejak tahun lepas ketika mengisi TESDCP saya bagi tahun 2019 dan 2020 (tahun ini).
After I replied the email to confirm my attendance as one of the finalists, I didn’t think too much about it. I started to feel cringe. So, only few people know that I would attend the event. Some even teased me that I would have a sleepless night before the event.
I know some might be perplexed why I cringe to attend such event. If you can see the picture that they took, my face shows how I feel at that moment.
Friends from the school where I did my Latihan Ikhtisas even know about it. One of the teachers has a husband who works at UTM. He gave her the link. They watched the event at school from FB live. Eh since when Citra Karisma becomes my school’s event? I rest my case. So, how can I not cringe when I got such messages from my friends and students?
When I first got the email from the organiser to confirm my attendance to the event, I wanted to decline without any specific concrete reason except “I feel cringe”. Yup. I don’t like to be in the spotlight. I know some are looking forward and even create opportunity to be in the spotlight. Nope. That is not me.
I revel in being nobody. Yup. I am so used of being nobody since childhood. I was not the straight As student (academically outstanding) nor athletics. Nope. None of it. But I asked one of my seniors that I am close with to get some opinions whether I should go to the event. She said “Dijah, you need to go or ________________ (fill in the blank)”. The way she said is like I will be doom to reject such invitation. It is akin to decline the invitation from Don Corleone (if anyone is wondering who is Don Corleone, as a start, you can find more information HERE). Seriously? I never thought that we have Don Corleone at UTM.
I asked another senior. Her reply “Pergi je la. Bukan senang nak jumpa Datuk NC. Nak naik pangkat kena la tonjol muka biar orang pentadbiran universiti kenal” . Errr…. Meeting Datuk NC and making myself known by the important people is the last thing that I have in my mind. Nope.
I was not convinced. So I asked few seniors more including Norah. Norah said “Dijah, rugi tak pergi. Makan sedap. Bukan senang nak dapat UTM belanja makan sedap” Makan sedap? It sparks my curiosity: “What kind of food they will serve us?”. Yup. I made my decision based on food. So shallow, right?