The post-millennial students or Gen Z have been growing up in a different environment that we grew up in. They are often characterized as digitally savvy, well connected in the social media and have a shorter attention span. Put them in the traditional classroom setting and they will get restless and bored easily.
Realized by the issue, the university’s policy on learning spaces have been instituted in 2012. Since then, several classroom developments have taken into account the potential of collaborative and innovative learning environment that could be practice through these newly designed spaces. UM is making a serious effort in providing teaching and learning space conducive for student-centred learning / high impact teaching and learning practices of takes place. The Management committee has agreed that all faculties / centres/ academy must comply to learning space (student-centred) criteria for any renovation work (excerpt Minit Mesyuarat JK. Pengurusan : 4.7.2012; Perkara : 17 ; MP75/2012). The management commitment on this matter was further reinforced with the renovation of classroom into ‘TheCUBE’ project in 2012 in several faculties (effort by DVC-Dev). UM Learning Space policy is finally instituted in 2012.
SHARING OF BEST PRACTICES
LEARNING SPACE SEMINAR 2016
On 26 October 2016, Academic Development Centre (ADeC) has suceessfully organized a Learning Space Seminar located in Auditorium, Asia-Europe Institure, University of Malaysia. This seminar was held as a platform for participants to share their experience and experiences from research and other institutions, on the philosophy and design of the new collaborative learning spaces. A total of 40 participants, mostly consisting of academic staffs from various public and private universities around Malaysia have taken this chance to join the seminar.
This seminar was successfully launched by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics and International, Professor Dr. Awang Bulgiba bin Awang Mahmud. Participants were given exposure about the uses and importance of learning spaces to enhance teaching and learning. They were also given chance to visit some of the learning spaces in Universiti Malaya besides discussing critical issues regarding learning spaces.
Among the speakers who were giving talks about the learning space are Dr. Daniel Tan from Taylor's University, Professor Dr. Faisal Rafiq bin Mahamad Adikan, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Development, Dr. Aishah Abu Bakar from Higher Education Ministry and Professor Dato' Dr. Norazah Nordin from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Professor Dr. Faisal Rafiq, who pioneers the learning space idea said, "University of Malaya have built 13 learning spaces in various faculties since 2012 named CUBEs. From those early initiatives, experiences and lessons learned have been gained and now the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academics and international) is gearing up to move into the next phase of learning space development,".
VISITS AND WORKSHOPS
UM has received a number of visits from local as well as international universities. ADeC also has organized workshops on how to utilise the learning space for collaborative learning.
Visit from Kasetsart University, Thailand.
Visit from the Ministry of Education.
Visit from Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia.