The third Competen-SEA training workshop successfully hosted in Indonesia

Malang, Indonesia. The third Competen-SEA workshop has been successfully held on February 12 – 14, 2018 in Malang, Indonesia. About 90 participants from various institutions attended the workshop at MIPA Center Building, Universitas Brawijaya. Most of the participants were lecturers and staffs from Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Sam Ratulangi, and Universitas Tanjungpura. The purpose of this activity was to provide guidance in designing MOOC and using EDx as a learning tool.

On the welcoming speech, Dr. Achmad Basuki, as the lead coordinator of Competen-SEA Project in Universitas Brawijaya, explained the primary objective of the project. It is to enable South-East Asian Universities to develop a new kind of accessible, affordable, high quality and effective educational services to various groups of the population currently being excluded from traditional educational outreach.

The event was opened officially by the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs Universitas Brawijaya, Prof. Kusmartono. He emphasized that in the digital era, it is essential to be able to immediately adapt to the online learning technology to grab the opportunity on MOOCs or globalized online learning rather than becoming the victim.

During the following session, the representatives of the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Indonesia, Mr. Uwes A. Chaeruman, delivered the policies and direction from the ministry towards the Globalized Learning and the anticipation of industrial revolution 4.0. One such strategy is the development of MOOCs as a means to expand learning opportunities for all levels of society.

On this first day, the feasibility studies of MOOC conducted by Universitas Brawijaya and Universitas Sam Ratulangi on the coastal communities as the target of this project were presented. The results of the analysis indicate that the MOOC is very potential to use in coastal communities since the Internet access is available. Unfortunately, they do not know much about how to use the Internet properly to improve their standard of living.

All the workshop participants were very enthusiastic in following each training sessions provided by the expert from Competen-SEA Project. Beginning with curriculum design and explanation of MOOC subject on the first day, Hand-on workshop on Open edX application, MOOC evaluation, on the second day, and on the management and business model of MOOC on the third day.

At the closing ceremony on the third day, two participants commented on the workshop. They stated that: “… the workshop was very beneficial for us since it is discussing the whole aspects online learning from the design, pedagogy, technical and evaluation…”. They hoped the similar quality training would be organized more frequently in the future to accelerate the use of MOOCs in Indonesia.

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