Teachers facing connectivity issues

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

CONNECTIVITY remains a challenge for teachers trying to integrate the use of technology in their lessons, said the head of Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CiTL), Politeknik Brunei.

Dr Malai Zeiti Sheikh Abdul Hamid said that many educators have raised concerns over problems faced when adopting technology into their lessons, noting that not all schools have the tools or resources.

“(This means) that teachers have to be more resourceful and think of multiple pathways (to teach), especially in this era,” said Malai Zeiti.

According to the director of the Centre for Information Technology at University Malaya, Malaysia, there is a need to innovate teaching through the use of technology as students today find it difficult to pay attention to traditional classes and lectures which is usually a one way interaction.

“(Studies have shown) students can only take in five per cent of the (content) in a pure lecture. Twenty years ago, it was easier to engage students but today’s world is much more difficult. Students today cannot (even) focus (in a lesson) for an hour,” said Dr David Asirvatham on the sidelines of the recently concluded 2nd Politeknik Brunei International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Learning.

He added students today learn differently and favour interactive learning through the use of different tools and gadgets. This means that teaching should be changed to reflect their needs.

“The (learning) environment is important, students today like open spaces and to interact while they are learning. They want to take photos and videos of what they’re learning and they are expected to use these tools. If you have a lecture hall with 200 students facing the lecturer it is not interactive,” said Dr Asirvatham.

One improvement he suggested was to redesign classrooms to be equipped with proper facilities that allow educators and students to fully utilise technology.

“The classroom environment setting (should be adapted into a) digital learning space. For example when students go into the classroom, do they have the WiFi, power points, and projectors? Do they have the connectivity? These all become important questions,” said Dr Asirvatham.

The Brunei Times