Educators told to be more engaging, utilise ICT solutions

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BRUNEI-MUARA

EDUCATORS must change the way they present their curriculum and content by employing innovative teaching techniques and being more creative in order to engage children of the digital future, the education minister said yesterday.

“If teachers are going to legitimately engage a young person of the 21st century, it cannot be done without technology,” said Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman, adding they need to be able to fully utilise ICT in teaching.

He was speaking at the opening of the Second Politeknik Brunei International Symposium , where more than 200 teachers attended along with invited international speakers.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said to ensure relevance and competitiveness in the 21st century, it is imperative for teachers to have the drive to continually innovate and improve education practices.

“I would like to encourage educators to continue to improve the quality of their teaching and teaching programmes and to work closely and build strong relations with one another,” he said.

The minister said innovation in education also includes digital learning, encompassing practices such as virtual learning, game-based learning and assessing digital content.

However, he said education through digital learning technologies should also evolve through innovation to help students cope with technological changes.

“The students of today should be independent and equipped with problem-solving skills to become creative thinkers and to think outside the box,” he said.

More importantly, he said they need to be innovative and ready for the future.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi stressed the need for education practices to harness advances in new technologies to enhance students’ learning experiences.

The minister told The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the opening ceremony that the ministry is hoping to get ideas from the invited speakers at the symposium on using various IT avenues as new teaching methods.

In 2011, e-Hijrah was introduced as an initiative for the development of ICT in education.

During the interview, YB Pehin Dato Hj Suyoi said e-Hijrah has been put into good and effective use, and the ministry is looking to see how it can be further ingrained into the education system.

Meanwhile, Politeknik Brunei Acting Director Denis Ho said the institution will continue to work towards embracing whatever changes are brought about by the use of technology by ensuring that an innovative teaching and learning approach is being adopted effectively by all its lecturers in the delivery of their lessons.

The international symposium’s theme, ‘Enhancing Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies in Higher Education’, highlights advancements in the education system through innovative design, tools and technologies.

According to Politeknik Brunei, the objectives of the symposium include exploring various pathways and best practices in innovative teaching and learning strategies. It was organised by its Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning as a platform to promote continuous professional development of the teaching staff, among other things.

The symposium, which began yesterday, will resume at the PAP Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences at Universiti Brunei Darussalam tomorrow

The two-day event is being led by the UK-based University of Bath Spa’s Professor in Education and Innovation Professor Gráinne Conole and will be co-facilitated by an associate professor from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and an academic from the University of Malaya in Malaysia.

The Brunei Times