Majlis Bersama Naib Canselor UTM – Ogos 2023

Hari ini, pada 1 Ogos 2023, sebuah majlis berprestij telah berlangsung di Dewan Sultan Ismail, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Johor Bahru. Majlis ini sangat istimewa, kerana ia merupakan Majlis Bersama Naib Canselor UTM yang diadakan bersempena dengan sambutan bulan kemerdekaan peringkat universiti.

Yang Berbahagia Profesor Dato’ Dr Ir Ahmad Fauzi bin Ismail, Naib Canselor UTM, telah menyampaikan beberapa amanat yang memberi kesan mendalam kepada seluruh hadirin. Beliau memfokuskan perbincangan kepada tiga aspek penting, iaitu sikap, budaya, dan prestasi kerja yang berintegriti, yang kesemuanya amat penting untuk mencapai matlamat dan pencapaian UTM. Amanat beliau mengingatkan bahawa warga UTM perlu menjadi insan yang berintegriti, jujur, dan bertanggungjawab dalam setiap tindakan kita.

Salah satu peringatan yang sangat berkesan adalah untuk menjauhi sikap fitnah memfitnah sesama kita. Beliau menggariskan bahawa hanya dengan membetulkan niat dan meningkatkan hubungan sesama warga UTM, kita dapat mencapai keharmonian yang sejati di dalam kampus ini.

Satu lagi berita yang sangat menggembirakan adalah prestasi kecemerlangan UTM secara keseluruhannya. Ranking dunia UTM telah meningkat daripada #203 ke #188 pada tahun ini, mencerminkan usaha dan kesungguhan warga universiti dalam mencapai keunggulan akademik. Kecemerlangan ini juga diperakui dengan pencapaian ranking pertama #1 seluruh dunia bagi SDG 7 (Sustainable Development Goal 7) dan #39 bagi SDG 9 oleh UTM.

Di samping itu, pencapaian yang paling menarik perhatian dalam majlis tersebut adalah pelancaran “UTM Virtual Lab” atau Makmal Maya UTM. Sebagai universiti pertama yang membangunkan Makmal Maya di Malaysia, langkah ini menandakan pencapaian cemerlang dalam teknologi dan inovasi pendidikan. Melalui Makmal Maya UTM, para pelajar boleh melakukan eksperimen dan mempelajari konsep tanpa perlu menghadiri makmal fizikal atau menggunakan bahan-bahan yang mahal. Dengan bantuan teknologi grafik komputer, animasi, bunyi, dan elemen interaktif, pembelajaran menjadi lebih menarik dan memuaskan.

Kemudahan akses kepada Makmal Maya UTM juga merupakan salah satu kelebihannya. Ia membolehkan para pelajar untuk belajar dan mengeksplorasi ilmu dalam masa dan ruang peribadi masing-masing. Ini akan memberi kelebihan kepada para pelajar yang ingin menguruskan masa mereka dengan lebih fleksibel, tetapi tanpa mengurangkan kualiti pembelajaran yang diperoleh.

Secara keseluruhannya, intipati Majlis Bersama Naib Canselor UTM – Ogos 2023 menggambarkan kematangan dan kesungguhan UTM dalam mencapai keunggulan akademik serta memberikan pengalaman pembelajaran yang terbaik kepada para pelajarnya. Oleh itu, mari kita terus sokong dan memberi dorongan kepada UTM dalam usaha mereka untuk terus maju ke hadapan.

Semoga kita akan terus bersemangat dan terinspirasi untuk mencapai impian kita masing-masing. Sebagai warga pendidik di UTM, marilah kita bersama-sama memperbaiki diri dan berusaha untuk mencapai prestasi yang terbilang.

Selamat berjuang, warga UTM!

Supervisory Development Adventure: My AS102 Experience at CTLD

Hey there fellow academics and aspiring PhD supervisors!

Today, I’m super stoked to share my recent escapade at the Supervisory Development Program AS102, which went down at CTLD from 3rd to 5th July 2023. Trust me, this journey was nothing short of an academic rollercoaster, and I’m here to spill the beans about all the goodies I picked up during this intense crash course.

First things first, let me tell you, I was all nerves stepping into this program. The thought of being responsible for molding the minds of budding PhD students seemed both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. But hey, I put on my brave face and dove headfirst into this whirlwind adventure.

They covered everything from communication skills to fostering a supportive environment for our PhD candidates. It wasn’t just about being a know-it-all; it was about being a mentor, a guide, and a friend (well, a friendly friend, you get what I mean). We delved into the art of constructive feedback, and let me tell you, it’s not just about pointing out flaws; it’s about nurturing potential and helping students flourish.

The best part? Meeting like-minded colleagues from various fields. It was inspiring to see how we all shared the same passion for nurturing research and helping PhD students make their mark in the academic world. There were lively discussions, plenty of coffee breaks, and even a late-night karaoke session (where my rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” may or may not have made an appearance).

The program concluded with a heartfelt closing ceremony. We exchanged contact info and promised to stay in touch, forming a tight-knit network of future PhD supervisors. I left the CTLD feeling both enriched and motivated, ready to take on the challenge of guiding the next generation of scholars.

So, if you ever get the chance to embark on the AS102 Supervisory Development Program, don’t hesitate! It’s a wild ride, but one that will equip you with invaluable supervisory skills and a renewed sense of purpose. Here’s to fostering academic brilliance and turning PhD students into unstoppable forces of knowledge!

Until next time, keep learning, keep growing, and keep nurturing those brilliant minds! Cheers! 🎓🌟

Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE) Team Building 2023

On July 27, 2023, a momentous event took place at Le Grandeur Palm Resort, Senai—the inaugural FKE Team Building 2023. This program marked a significant milestone as it was the first of its kind since UTM Synergy 4.0, aiming to enhance teamwork, cooperation, and camaraderie among all staff members, including academic, professional, and administrative personnel of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FKE) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (JKBSK).

The image was taken from Media FKE

Throughout the event, various challenges and activities were undertaken to strengthen team bonds, face obstacles together, foster deeper connections, understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and learn to collaborate as a formidable team. The spirit of togetherness and cooperation cultivated during this program is expected to bring long-term benefits and excellence to FKE staff and UTM as a whole.

The FKE Team Building 2023 commenced with an air of enthusiasm and anticipation as participants gathered at Le Grandeur Palm Resort. The agenda was thoughtfully designed to encourage meaningful interactions among participants from diverse backgrounds and roles within the faculty and department. Everyone was assigned to mixed teams, encouraging them to collaborate with colleagues they may not have had the opportunity to work closely with before.

My team: Group 8 – Pink band

As the day progressed, the challenges became more intense, requiring each team to strategize, communicate effectively, and pool their collective talents to succeed. These activities were designed not only to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills but also to promote empathy and understanding among team members.

The FKE Team Building 2023 concluded with a heartfelt closing ceremony. Participants gathered in a hall for reflections on the day’s experiences. The bonds formed during the program were palpable, as participants expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to connect with colleagues on a deeper level.

Group Photo

The FKE Team Building 2023 was not just a one-day event; it was a catalyst for lasting change within the faculty and department. By instilling a strong sense of teamwork, cooperation, and camaraderie, this program is expected to yield tangible benefits in the form of improved collaboration, enhanced workplace morale, and increased productivity among the staff. As the spirit of togetherness and synergy continues to thrive within FKE and JKBSK, it will undoubtedly contribute to the overall success and excellence of UTM as an institution. The memories and lessons from this event will serve as a guiding light for future endeavors, ensuring a united and resilient team at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and beyond.

1 FKE 1 ❤️

Belief and Practices of Assessment 2022

In the semester 20212022-2, I have been assigned to teach SEEU2012/SKEU2012 Electronic course as a service course to non-major students with a Mechanical Engineering background. I found that my students face some difficulties to cope with the topic thought in the class due to their deficiency in theories and fundamentals of Electrical circuits. As a result, it was very challenging for them to implement the basic law, theorems, and methods of analysis of electronic devices such as diodes and Bipolar Junction transistors (BJT) to solve complex problems related to the circuitry. Therefore, I help my students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work through the formative assessment.

For this course, there were two formative assessment practices that I applied in the SEEU2012/SKEU2012 Electronic course. As a first step, I use no hands-up strategies to identify where students are in their learning, other than to promote student thinking, elicit evidence of student learning, and point out errors and misconceptions. Using this formative assessment, I asked several questions and then allocate thinking time. Then, calls the student’s name by using randomize dice app on the website. It is crucial that students engage in the lesson. I believe this practice allows me as a lecturer to better meet my student’s learning needs at the moment.

Using Quizziz or Kahoot on top of the eLearning quiz is another formative assessment practice I have used in class. I researched the handouts online and figured out how to do it by trial and error (googled it and figured it out myself). I did it in several courses. Like quizzes in eLearning, I found that Quizziz or Kahoot is easier and more attractive and interactive for the students to engage with.

For the quiz, I have prepared several sets of quizzes with multiple and variety of questions that focus more on the theories and fundamentals of this subject with multiple attempts to improve their performance and understanding. Then, I also implemented it in different platforms and tools such as Quizziz, Kahoot, and eLearning. In the final exam, I could say that the students who were done all the quizzes manage to score flying colors for the CLO1. Among the students, several did not take the quiz with multiple attempts. Students were reminded in class and via WhatsApp group to repeat the attempt of all especially in the eLearning. The reminder does not even matter to them. As a lecturer, I have tried my best to give them the chance and opportunity to improve their knowledge and performance. Hopefully, they can realize their mistakes and purify their intention to come to university.

Personal Teaching Philosophy 2022

As a lecturer, I am not only emphasizing the transfer of information and knowledge alone, in fact, I will give my priority to educating my students to be balanced and holistic as excellent human beings that can be change-makers in their professional workforces after graduation besides encourage them to be open minds and creative thinkers who will meet the challenges of their generation. I do believe that learning is most effective when students are intrinsically motivated and inspired. Therefore, I aim to create dynamic learning lessons that are engaging, and relevant to my students’ real lives, and encourage active discovery according to cooperative learning so they can grow to reach much higher levels of maturity, affective, cognitive, psychomotor, and social. Besides that, I work hard to motivate students by modeling an inspired, positive outlook on education every day for lifelong learning. I would like to diverge their perspective from “I want to learn” rather than “I have to learn”. Hence, I encourage them by sharing my own experiences during my undergraduate studies at UTM. For me, while it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others.

My goal as a lecturer is I always want to see my students succeed even more than I did. As someone who comes from a low-income family where my late father worked as a rubber tapper and my mother was a housewife, I can sum up that education teaches me the value of hard work, helps us gain a better job, lets us develop, and makes our parents proud of us. Poverty may be a disadvantage but is not really an obstacle to our success. I can say that coming from a poor family has contributed a big part to my success and was an advantage to me to become the person I am today. Today, most of my students bring their own iPad or tablet to take notes, especially those born with a silver spoon. Because of this, I motivate to my students, especially from underprivileged families that the amount of effort they put in will directly affect the knowledge and gains they will achieve no matter where they come from. On the other hand, as an educator, I am committed to assisting my students acquire a wide range of general skills on top of the knowledge of specific subjects they have learned in the class. It is very important for students to be balanced between technical skills, soft skills, and knowledge. For this reason, I provide a forum platform in eLearning where students can share their ideas and take risks. In addition to improving their ability to explain and provide reasons, this activity can also encourage them to listen to opinions and suggestions from others. On top of that, I will embrace the different students’ learning preferences. I will create dynamic active learning to attract the student’s interest in the class.

As a lecturer, I cannot deny the fact that every student is unique, and have different learning preferences and different level of understanding. As we all know, learning takes various forms. Some prefer watching educational videos, listening, or hands-on, while others prefer reading the lecture notes and also recommending textbooks or asking questions during the lecture session. Hence, as a lecturer, I will try to embrace their differences. I apply various methods in the classroom to engage with my students. Sometimes, I implement different teaching and learning delivery methods such as gamification using Quiziz, Kahoot, Padlet, and so on to attract their interest in the topic. Other than that, I also will create video-based learning through YouTube so that my students could watch the content according to their own pace. Then, there will be time that I will write the content on my Blog on examples and summarize the topic of certain subjects.

Besides that, I will schedule for consultation session after each class session. I am always available for discussion with students. Taking this approach, I can get to know my students better and this allows me to reflect on my teaching method so that I can improve it from time to time besides improving my knowledge by attending several teachings and learning training organized by UTM and outside organizations.

Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

“When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three: A continuing charity, the knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him”.

— Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1376

In the Name of God for Mankind

Goal of Student Learning 2022

As a lecturer, it is my goal to ensure that my students can be better-quality intellectuals, professionals, and scholars by integrating the qualities of faith, knowledge, and good character to serve as agents of comprehensive and balanced progress as well as sustainable development in Malaysia and the world. Therefore, I believe knowledge and education are the foundation for them to meet the challenges of their generation. Hence, in order to achieve this goal, there are several elements and values that I want to inculcate and impart to them including (1) Think positive to stay focused and (2) Build good study habits.

  • Think positively to stay focused

To maintain a positive mindset toward learning while striving for excellence, it is important to focus on tasks that need to be done and learn new information. Therefore, as a lecturer, I always encourage my students to manage time their properly to avoid any stress by setting and tracking their own goals. Even though I really want my students to excel in their examinations, I also prioritize their mental health. I motivate them not to fear mistakes so that they can learn and that’s how they grow. In fact, I will schedule 20 minutes for consultation sessions after each class session every day. I am always available for discussion with my students and always available to communicate with them effectively. Taking this approach, I can get to know my students better, and at the end of the day, I believe the chemistry between lecturer and students can benefit students’ performance.

  • Build good study habits

As a lecturer, I am committed to helping my students express themselves and accept themselves as they are as well as embrace the differences of others. The student in my class is first divided into groups of six to eight learners for group learning. For me, group learning is important because I believe it helps students express, challenge, and refine their thoughts. Students can also gain insight from their peers by listening to new perspectives and discussing to improve their knowledge. This can help expand their horizons and enrich their own knowledge. At the same time, I want to inspire my students to think outside the box, challenge their everyday assumptions, and leave them with more questions than answers. Within their group learning, my students are required to solve the complex tutorial questions that have been assigned in the lecture notes. Concurrently, I asked my students to produce a video presentation to show the calculation and solution BRIEFLY. Then, they have to upload it to YouTube. At this point, the other groups could learn a different variety of questions through YouTube in an effective way without spending a lot of time on all tutorial questions.

Overall, as a lecturer, my success is the success of my students. I will always have high expectations for my students. While teaching, I believe in their potential to succeed, and I will make sure I push them to their limits. Even when they fail, I will keep motivating them to try again and to work harder. This goal of students’ learning will help me to pull them out of their comfort zones. They can pursue success knowing that I am there to pick them up each time they fail.

In the Name of God for Mankind

Welcome to My Website!

I am Dr. Nur Najahatul Huda Binti Saris, a senior lecturer at the Division of Communication Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Johor Bahru, Johor. My research interest is related to waveguides, device fabrication, optoelectronics, optical communication, integrated optics, optical sensor, and water security.

Feel free to contact me at:

Dr. Nur Najahatul Huda Binti Saris
Faculty of Electrical Engineering,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia,
81310 UTM Johor Bahru,
Johor Darul Ta’zim, Malaysia.
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Room: P19a-05-06-00

You may find my resume here.