Professors Carlos Delgado Kloos and Carlos Alario-Hoyos from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid travelled last July to the state of Sarawak in Malaysia, as part of the COMPETEN-SEA project. Specifically, they visited the community of single mothers with children in Bario, and also held a workshop on MOOC design and development at UNIMAS, in Kota Samarahan.
More specifically, on July 24-26, 2018, Professors Carlos Delgado Kloos and Carlos Alario-Hoyos travelled to Bario, in eastern Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, joining Prof. Peter Sy from University of the Philippines System, and Prof. Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer and Prof. Poline Bala from UNIMAS, and their UNIMAS team. During their stay in Bario, they visited the “Knowledge Center”, which will be equipped with resources co-funded by the European Union as part of the COMPETEN-SEA project. They also took the opportunity to get to know first-hand the situation of the group of single mothers in Bario, introduce them to the importance of MOOCs as a structured way for receiving, but also transmitting, knowledge, and discuss the value of the community in learning in such an isolated rural area of Malaysia.
In the same week, Professors Carlos Delgado Kloos and Carlos Alario-Hoyos travelled to Kuching and Kota Samarahan, where UNIMAS is located, to hold a workshop on MOOC design and development with about 25 professors and supporting staff of UNIMAS. In addition, Professors Carlos Delgado Kloos and Carlos Alario-Hoyos had a meeting with Prof. Chen Chwen Jen, Dean of the Centre for Applied Learning and Multimedia (CALM) at UNIMAS, were they discussed the strategies UNIMAS is using for the design and development of MOOCs, possible research collaborations on related topics, as well as innovations and future plans for online and blended education.