Four products from Faculty of Social Sciences & Leisure Management, Taylor's University received Gold and Silver awards in the International E-Content Development Competition 2021 (e-ConDev 2021) organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Universiti Teknologi MARA that was held virtually from 20th to 27th August 2021. This event involved four categories of competition, namely, MOOC, Micro-Credential, Open Educational Resources and Pitching categories.
Teams from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) received 2 Gold Awards for this competition. The first Gold award consisting of four Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) lecturers, Mr. Zaim Azizi Abu Bakar, Ms. Fadhilah Raihan Lokman, Ms. Siti Noor Amyah Khasbullah and Mr. Serit Banyan won the Gold Medal in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with their project titled “Valued-Based Education in MPU 4 Social Innovation Project”. The same team also won the Pitching category Gold award with their project “Cultivate and Nature Empathy-Ready Mindset Through Value-Based Education.”
MPU Social Innovation Project module introduces value-based education which creates a strong online learning environment that enhances students' ability to empathize and develop innovative solutions to offer positive impact on the community. Students are engaged in an inter-disciplinary and collaborative setting to identify opportunities in today's global and local settings that creates, and capture values based on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG).
Another team from School of Liberal Arts and Sciences presented 2 micro-credential modules namely, Professional Acting Masterclass and Professional Playwriting Masterclass. under the leadership of Mr. Mark Beau, Dr. Sayyid Shafiee, Ms. Fong King Yang and Ms. Prema Ponnundurai won the Silver Award prize for Micro-Credential category titled “Professional Acting Masterclass: Digitalizing the Multi-Approach Learning of Practical Skills”.
This award provides wider visibility towards the quality of the modules and the programme. These modules will be taught by Mr. Mark Beau de Silva, Senior Lecturer for TUTAS Conservatory’s Bachelor of Performing Arts programme at Taylor’s University, who is also a creative writer and director. It is designed for students as well as working adults. Upon completion of the Micro-Credential module, a Professional Certificate will be awarded to each of these module.
The team from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Events received a Silver award led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Seyyed Mostafa Rasoolimanesh from International E-Content Development Competition 2021 (e-ConDev 2021) for Open Education Resources (OER) category with the product title "Research methodology for all" . The product provides a free platform for all to learn research methodology using YouTube channel. Those uploaded videos were also categorized under various playlist to make it easy to follow and learn specific topics. At the moment, this YouTube channel has more than 1.34K subscribers and there are several positive comments and feedback. This free YouTube channel is a significant source for students, including postgraduate and undergraduate as well as researchers to learn about various topics of research methodology.