Workshop on Lifelong Learning Skills
Organized by: Special Business Unit,
School of Computer Sciences,
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
Date: 9-10 February 2011 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Venue: Dewan Persidangan Universiti (DPU), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Presenter: Professor Dr. Lorna Uden (Staffordshire University, UK)
Employers are complaining that graduates are not able to do the jobs they are given to do. It is no longer sufficient for future employees to possess only content knowledge that is traditionally taught in universities. Students who are the employees of tomorrow are expected to have the following abilities:
• To solve problems in real situations.
• To think critically.
• To work collaboratively in a team.
• To communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
• To find, evaluate and use appropriate learning resources.
• To know how-to-learn effectively (Lifelong learning).
It is generally accepted that problem solving, communication, critical thinking and learning to learn skills are important for all students as well as employees. To be able to cope with lifelong learning requires not only domain knowledge, but skills of communication, critical reasoning, and a logical and analytical approach to problems, reasoned decision making and self-evaluation.
The workshop teaches you the techniques required to increase your productivity and effectiveness in your learning and improve your memory and enhance how you think and plan. This course teaches you simple, yet profoundly effective techniques to combat the overwhelming amount of information you need to absorb on a daily basis. In this course, you will be provided knowledge necessary to improve your leaning skills. You'll explore a structured way to approach and dismantle problems, and you'll learn to clarify problems in terms of objectives and issues, with a view toward optimum outcomes.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
• All students in local colleges and universities who want to become better in their learning.
Lecture 1: Traditional vs. Cognitive Learning
Lecture 2: Types of learning
Lecture 3: How to understand problems
Lecture 4: How to identify learning outcomes
Lecture 5: How to implement a solution
Lecture 6: How to evaluate the solution
Lecture 7: Preparing for examination
WORKSHOP FACILITATOR’S PROFILE
Professor Dr. Lorna Uden is very passionately about how to help students to be better learners and effective workers. She has written and published articles in learning how to learn better. Prof. Uden has co- authored a book, Technology and Problem Based Learning published by IGI. She has conducted many international workshops to promote effective learning. She is also the editor and founder of two international journals: the International Journal of learning Technology (IJLT) and the International Journal of Web Engineering (IJWET), published by Inderscience. She has also been keynote speaker at several international conferences and visiting professor of many universities worldwide including Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Malaysia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, and Taiwan.
Participants are requested to bring their own laptop/notebook for the workshop hands-on sessions.
RM 150.00 per participant (based on first pay first served basis)
Fees are inclusive of refreshments, lunch, workshop kit and certificate of attendance
SUBJECT: Workshop on Lifelong Learning Skills
1) Name of participant and his/her designation
2) Full institution name
3) Full institution address
4) Telephone/handphone number, fax number & email address
5) Contact person (for billing purposes)
Upon receipt of your email registration, we will reply back with a confirmation email & invoice.
Mode of Payment:
Registration fees can be made using any one of the following methods:
Cheque/Electronic Fund Transfer
All cheques to be crossed and made payable to:
Bendahari Universiti Sains Malaysia
and mail to this address:
Special Business Unit,
Office of Industry & Community Network
Level 5, School of Computer Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM Penang
Please pay to: Bank Muamalat
Branch: Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM Penang
Account Number: 07-02-0001054716
Swift Code: BMMBMYKL
Please fax your Bank-in Slip to 04-6563244 (print your name & details on the slip)
Cancellation / Substitution: A full refund less administration fee of RM50.00 will be given for cancellation received not later than 7 working days prior to the workshop. No refund will be made after this period. However, substitute participants are welcomed at no extra charge provided written notice is given to the organizer at least 5 working days before the workshop.
For enquiries and further information, please contact:
Special Business Unit
Office of Industry & Community Network
Level 5, School of Computer Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 USM Penang.
Office: 04-6533925; Fax: 04-6563244
Testimonials from Previous Participants
Student A from Singapore, an IT Consultant says, "Confronted with limited information, I use the various problem-solving techniques taught in ISD to provide consultation for my clients."
From student B and student C (both working as software engineers at National Computer Systems): "As software engineers, PBL has equipped us to be better team players ... to master new languages and software tools."
Student D from Digital Equipment UK writes: "I personally found the ISD module extremely useful, particularly the principles of Problem-Based Learning, which I still use to tackle day-to-day research problems."
Student E working for a Kuala Lumpur based telecommunications company wrote saying that she had to learn a lot of new technologies in this job and PBL helps her a lot in learning new applications as well as solving problems. She also reports that she is performing much better than colleagues who joined at the same time as her.
Student F in KL said that he is using PBL to help him to accomplish his tasks and also that he learns faster than before.
Student G from Greece said of PBL, “PBL‟s major effect on me is that I am using it for all my modules. I am using it for all my final year assignments, and my final year project, and it is very useful to me. I believe that PBL is the most interesting, stimulating and enjoyable learning method.”
Student H comments on PBL, “The advantages of using PBL are as follows:
• PBL facilitates thinking
• It makes people think of ways to solve problems.
• It forces people to find out what are the areas of uncertainty and do a thorough research on unclear points, ideas or terms.
• PBL makes us link our points into a logical view.”
A final year student (2002) wrote, “PBL helps me a lot in my final year project and guides me to the correct ways to document my final year project. It also helps me in self learning and thinking critically. When I face any problem, I can use PBL to tackle the problem.”
Another Student wrote, “The process of understanding the problem and learning to come up with the solution is the most beneficial part. The ability to think was what I thought I am able to do, but PBL helps me to think better and critically. I am more confident in solving big and complex problems, which makes me more confident of the future job I will be taking.”
Extracts from a letter written to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
“I am a final year graduate student from Greece who is s studying Computer Science at Staffordshire University and I would like to express how useful PBL has been to me.”
“ ….. During the PBL process I learned metacognitive skills: that is, learning to learn, and management skills. ….. Most important of all, I was able to use the skills learned from PBL in every other module on my course, and in my final year project.”
An e-mail from a former student who is now working at the Deutsche Bank as the Vice president Autobahn Equity IT, UK
Nice to hear from you again, just thought I would send a few comments regarding PBL from the ISD module studied during my final year project. I am still using it and have found it to be a useful skill, although I doubt I can recall everything, I have retained the core. It definitely enables me to think in a more structured way. Given that I now have at least 15/20 projects running concurrently, this is really invaluable. In the current climate there is a need to be effective immediately.
I have recently started to get my team to adopt it, especially problem identification, its vital that they identify what they need to know (information) quickly, then find the necessary information and apply it in solving the problem, most importantly critically evaluating the solution. (Too many problems which were marked "done" in the past surfaced again!)
From a purely academic standpoint, returning to complete my MBCS CEng documentation, I found that even after a 5 year gap PBL had enabled me to learn how to learn by myself, during university days these skills were very useful to me, especially for doing my assignments and final year project. Without the more structured approach of PBL (and some motivation from yourself ;-) I doubt I would have received a first class for my project. Wishing you every success.
The day 2 and 3 workshop was part of the series of workshop conducted by Prof Lorna Uden from Staffordshire University. The 2-day workshop was attended by the students of USM and also private colleges within Penang.
Prof Lorna Uden discussed more on Problem-Based Learning (PBL) as part of lifelong learning. There were a lot of activities conducted for the participants. Throughout the 2-day workshop, participants were exposed to the real environment of PBL in which Prof Lorna Uden gave them a set of problems and participants were required to solve the problem in a group. This kind of activity needed participants to think critically and work in a team in order to find the best solution to the given problem. To work as a team, participants were divided into 10 different groups and all groups were required to present their solutions. This activity encouraged participants to talk in front of the audience and helped to develop their confidence level in communication.
On behalf of Special Business Unit, we would like to thank Prof Lorna Uden and the participants for sharing her expertise in this series of workshop on PBL and lifelong learning.
Nor Shakirah Ab. Rahman