Identifying different approaches in teaching and learning is another solution to upgrading the quality of education. Organized by the Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Industrial Relations and Research Development, the interactive intellectual discourse was held on 23rd October 2018. The program started with a welcoming remarks from the UCYP Vice Chancellor, YH Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Bin Hj Zainuddin. The VC highlighted the importance of Education 4.0 to all institutions because of the cascading impacts to the teaching and learning experiences. “This is the era where students and teachers exchanging roles due to the demand of knowledge sharing”, concluded VC in his speech.
The speaker, Dr. Mohd. Hafiz Md Hanif is a senior lecturer from Faculty of Human Development, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). Dr Hafiz is specializing in educational technology. His passion has motivated him to design a teaching and learning experience that meets the global agenda and technology evolution. In classrooms, students’ interactions are fully supported by the information and communication technologies (ICT).
The intellectual discourse is divided into two sessions whereby the first one is about trends and future perspectives of higher education 4.0. Later, in the second session, the audience is exposed to stages of industrial revolutions which is related to Malaysian Higher Education 4.0 (MyHE4.0).
Compared to the previous stage that is based on Behaviourism, MyHE 4.0 focuses more on Constructivism or best referred as Connectivism. Using a collaborative process such as Heutagogy, Cybergogy, Cosmogogy and Peeragogy, MyHE 4.0 is hoped to create a better learning environment to students nowadays. Cybergogy is now practiced by the academic institutions in Malaysia whereby the use of certain applications is prior to the interactions and classroom experience to students and lecturers, for example, Telegram and HP Reveal applications. This approach will not only assist the teaching and learning process, but creating creative and innovative users.
Educationalists debate that the many ways in which the content of educational of all levels and the process of learning will need to change over the years. Teachers no longer teach but also gain knowledge from the students. Ideas are shared virtually on the websites. Learners play the role as content producers and sharers. Instead of just a receiver, students are the searchers of knowledge while the educators play a role as the source guide in MyHE 4.0.
In the intellectual discourse, the participants are also exposed to Augmented Reality tool and the famous social humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company, Hanson Robotics – Sophia. Sophia is capable of carrying out a conversation, interpreting people’s facial expression using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the theory of development of a computer system that is able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence.