Repeated Elearning Training at UIN Jambi

It is not that easy to come back to the same institution to do the same training though for different audiences. Majority of institution I have visited inclined to think that elearning training could be done only once for all periods. It all relies on the manager commitment to speeding up implementing elearning as a current model for teaching and learning at the university. If the manager had been eager to speed it up, he or she surely realizes that the training should have been conducted repeatedly. For this reason, UIN Jambi, a special credit to its LPM director in supportive of Mr. Rector, is of exemplary role for consistently carrying out the training every year since 2015.

A total number of some 300 lecturers had undertaken the training of which 70% have been modelling their teaching and learning with elearning. Those lecturers had been refreshed their elearning pedagogic skills to make sure their elearning competence falls within the LPM quality assurance. As a result, UIN Jambi elearning is among the best three higher education institutions after UIN Banjarmasin and STAIN Parepare, in modelling current teaching and learning at higher education whose teaching and learning traffics hits the top three ranks within the MORA higher education.

Other MORA higher education should have looked at UIN Jambi to learn how effective its elearning implementation is in spite of the fact that demographically the institution location is far from the center of power in Jakarta. In short, implementing elearning is not a matter of demographic location but of commitment. Bravo UIN Jambi.

Back to STAIN Parepare

I would like to start my expression by saying “no change can be done over night” which is “tidak ada perubahan bisa dilakukan satu malam.” If you are eager to the change, you’ve got to be cautious by yourself that it requires patience and compassion. To me, being patient means not hasty, bear thing calmly [diam menghanyutkan] and remain unwavering when faced with adversity, e.g. critique albeit it is bullying sometime. I know it is bitter but the fruit being patient bore is sweet. While compassion would mean that you have strong desire to arrive at the goal you set up for the change to take effect. Having these two characters combined would lead to the fruit of the change albeit it is bitter in the process.

Devising elearning to be a part of current teaching and learning methodology is not that simple. Elearning is of new age experienced currently by young generation called millennial, born some time in 1980’s, while the teacher who wants to use it is of old generation. This shows us that teacher’s mindset is of internal challenge to make use of elearning. If the teacher owns pro-change mindset, he or she is eager to make use of the elearning. In contrast, if the teacher is of status quo, elearning is of no use. It may be regarded as not the essence of the teaching and learning process. The wise thing to uphold would be that teacher who happens to be a part of old generation has to adapt to millennial generation to guarantee his or her teaching and learning model is acceptable. Thus, elearning is unavoidable for current model of teaching and learning.

I came to STAIN PAREPARE two years ago to introduce the lecturers how useful elearning was and convinced them the effectivity elearning would bear to attain at the teaching and learning objective. Unlike over 25 higher education institutions I ever visited, STAIN PAREPARE showed its eagerness to employ the elearning. It is a sort of high tech institution that the employment of technology is not only confined to administrative stuff but more importantly is to teaching and learning process as a core value of higher education. This time, I am coming back to this remote but among mainstream institution to convince its young lecturers of the significance of the elearning. Even though the institution is still STAIN which has low budget, its success in devising technology to teaching and learning is well above well known UINs let alone IAINs.

Again, my message for those implementing elearning at the higher education is to have patience and strong compassion. More particularly, learn how STAIN PAREPARE successfully makes use of it despite low budget.

Bengkulu

Bengkulu … I’m coming there soon.

On 20-21 August 2016, STAIN CURUP is to run training on elearning for its lecturers. While the budget is so limited that it does not meet the NCIE plan, the STAIN is excited to welcome us owing to the fact that its lecturers have to adapt to the current innovation in learning media we are bringing about. That’s what elearning is. Likewise, we are showing that a limited budget is not an obstacle given that money is not of our commitment. Instead, implementing elearning in a right way is of our tirelessly effort.

We know that among Indonesian lecturers particularly those of Islamic higher education is long held knowledge that elearning is simply assumed to be an electronic learning media by which a lecturer can upload learning materials and a student can download those materials. We are coming to Bengkulu to offer, and therefore, upgrade the local lecturers’ knowledge that elearning is more than that of their previous assumption. Elearning would include activity ranging from learning plan, action and evaluation.

Planning …Yes it is by design that within one semester which is of a class meeting, an elearning meeting and a blended meeting.

Action … A varius learning activity, i.e. dialogue, discussion, assignment, exam and peer-assessment is of fruitful learning experience a student hardly makes in a conventional class meeting.

Evaluation … A lecturer makes evaluation in progress through which a student can follow his/her mark from a variety of evaluation types. More importantly a student can get feedback almost instantly soon after evaluation finished, a learning feature hardly possible in regular class. Thus he/she knows how well he/she made the exam from time to time.