2021 Day 243 Task – RAE OBE and SCL for Administrators Workshop


This workshop is for administrators who manage academic quality programs at the faculty and university levels and have undergone the OBE and SCL workshops.  The aim of this workshop is to provide a broad view of OBE and SCL, from the academic management angle so that participants can understand the need for meaningful implementation to develop quality graduates.  The philosophy OBE will be articulated as the basis for establishing academic quality, which leads to actions that must be strategized by academic administrators.  Boyer’s four types of Scholarship in higher education will be discussed as the basis in striving for excellence in academia, focusing on scholarship of teaching and learning.  Finally, participants will be guided to identify strategies for developing and supporting champions for initiating and sustaining academic change.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • explain the philosophy of OBE and the ABET’s standard requirements to implement OBE
  • discuss the role of administrators in implementing OBE based on the standard requirement
  • plan strategies to improve and maintain academic quality
  • identify meaningful actions to initiate and support academic change to transform engineering education
  • discuss effective actions to enhance the quality of teaching and learning
  • list strategies to support and develop champions among faculty members in engineering education

2021 Day 242 Task – House Keeping of Koperasi Surau Bestari

From yesterday’s meeting, one of the conclusion is to come and do a house keeping and re-organize the Koperasi building before we can pass it to the new business entity to run. Alhamdulillah we gathered at the building at 11am and did some house keeping and stock take count.

The process was not that long as the premise is small and there were not many stocks at the moment. In Syaa Allah we hope that tomorrow the business can have an introductory opening.

2021 Day 241 Task – Koperasi Surau Bestari Meeting

I’m the Chair for Koperasi Surau Bestari since September 2019. The initial story when I was just appointed was exciting as we managed to boost up and make our Koperasi business activity lively. However came covid-19 in March and we have to pause the business.

Recently, a jemaah from our surau expressed his interest to rent facility and some space in our Koperasi building. In conjunction to his intention, there was an agreement draft. I realized that this could be a massive decision for me to decide on. Hence I called for a Koperasi meeting to discuss on the matter carefully with other Ahli Lembaga Koperasi (ALK).

We had a fruitful meeting and we decided to support the intention of Hj Mus, who want activate the business. However, ALK provided alternative proposal which is to protect both Hj Mus and Koperasi business interest. The decision was the best that we can produce in this period of time. Please pray that the business will grow and benefit Koperasi Surau Bestari and also Hj Mus. In Syaa Allah.

2021 Day 240 Task – Consortium Grant Meeting UTM-UPM-UTHM

After having our Consortium Meeting UTM level last Thursday (I did not make a post on this because I highlighted the OBE Workshop), today we gathered in a bigger group with our UPM and UTHM counterpart. The meeting commenced at 2.30pm, hosted by Prof. Khairiyah using her Zoom account.

Dr. Farah presented on behalf of UTM’s progressed, which was more on our progress on developing the Code Book etc.

2021 Day 239 Task – Merdeka Virtual Chess Competition

As much as I would target and do my official tasks for today, I failed to do it. I realized I have plenty of pending tasks hanging around my back. But today, the first half of the day was focused on a virtual chess competition that I participated in. It was my first time participating in a virtual chess competition. I felt really nervous and targeted only to win 1 game out of 7 games. It turned out that I managed to won 2 games and I was ranked number 143 out of 163 participants. If I am ranked like this when I was studying long long time ago, I will feel super miserable. But luckily, this is just a chess game and I am very amazed with many the majority of the participants who are very excellent in the Chess game, a strategist game.

Those who are very good in Chess could be from various background. I take for example, my uncle from Kedah. He did not excel academically and he is a trailer / bus driver. But, I never managed to bit him in a chess game. He has his vision, strategic move, manage to create plenty of illusion to make me think differently. My simple conclusion is chess master greatness is not proportional with ones cognitive intelligence.

2021 Day 238 Task – IEM SESIG Committee Meeting

Late today at 5.30pm, we had this IEM SESIG Committee Meeting to discuss on the KPI and activities to be done this year and next year. This is my first time attending as a committee for this newly form SESIG Com. It’s a smaller team compared to the Protem Committee.

I’m pleased and eager to contribute and this is inline with my passion which is Safety and Engineering Education. It is also constructively aligned with the Safety Champion in Engineering Education (SCEE) under RAE that I joined. I intend to give a talk later next year under SESIG, but I did not mention it in the meeting. It will be regarding Safety Engineering Education.

2021 Day 237 Task – RAE-Indonesia Workshop: Course Assessment for OBE – Day 3

This is the 3rd day of the OBE Assessment workshop. The first one was reported here and the second day was reported here. I was in charged to take care of the Chemical Engineering Lecturers from UNS, similar as yesterday. The first day I took care of Mechanical Engineering.

In the 1st break up room, we discussed on how to Design Course Activity for Team Working Skill. It’s a quite challenging tasks for them. Throughout the discussion, I realized that their methods or conduct of the Final Plant Design project was very different from what we do in UTM. One significant example is that the Final Design Project team only have 2 students in a team, which I believe and feel not good enough. It should be at least 4 or 5 students in a team, to resemble an authentic situation.

2021 Day 236 Task – RAE-Indonesia Workshop: Course Assessment for OBE – Day 2

Today is the second day of the OBE Course Assessment under the RAE project. The first day was held yesterday and the 3rd day will be tomorrow. So far the workshop was very good and we can see that the participants were enthusiastic and responded well.

I have been a facilitator for this kind of workshop for few times, I am guessing maybe 3 times already. Being in this workshop makes me learn and relearn every time, whenever I attend. Before this I am not familiar with OBE, but after attending several workshops, I realized that the bring back knowledge differs from one workshop to another workshop. The percentage of knowledge retained will not be that big, but we learned something (around 50%), but upon attending another workshop, the knowledge increased and established a bit more (up to 60%). Then it keeps on increasing and I get better and better.

The knowledge captured (bring back home knowledge) depends on what I am feeling, thinking or experiencing at that time. When the knowledge delivered by the speaker relates to something that I am working on that time, then I will manage to retain it more.

2021 Day 235 Task – RAE-Indonesia Workshop: Course Assessment for OBE

This RAE-Indonesia Workshop: Course Assessment for OBE will take place for 3 days, that is from 24th to 26th August 2021. The Workshop for this time is lead by AP Dr. Yudariah, AP Dr. Nazihah and Prof. Dr. Sharifah Kamilah. The rest of us assisted as organizer and facilitators.

2021 Day 234 Task – Second Assessment for PhD Student – Mustaffa Jawad

Today, after quite some time not becoming an academic evaluator or examiner, I became one. This time I became the second assessment evaluator for an Iraqi PhD student, Mustafa Jawad under the supervision of Dr. Hajar Alias and Dr. Muhammad Tahir. It was a fruitful session especially for the students as I inquired several important questions that is useful for Mustafa’s research and thesis.

The session commenced at 2.30pm and ended slightly after 4pm. It was definitely morning time zone in Iraq for Mustafa. The unique aspect about Mustafa’s research is that he is doing an experiment and he set up his experiment in his house in Iraq in view of the pandemic.