Taylor's University Hosts International Delegates at 6th Teaching and Learning Conference

Conference Complements Nation's Aspiration to Be Regional Education Hub By 2020

Taylor’s University recently organised the Taylor’s 6th Teaching and Learning Conference 2013 (TTLC 2013) in partnership with Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). The conference gathered a total of approximately 150 local and international education experts with a total of 76 research papers presented on various teaching and learning topics.

TTLC 2013 is aimed at promoting the sharing of knowledge and experience, engagement and collaboration among educators, researchers and practitioners in transformative teaching and learning. During the conference experts submitted research papers to address three different themes namely, Technology Integrated in Teaching and Learning; Pedagogy learning, Teaching Methodologies and Assessment; and Global Issues and Researches in Higher Education.

The conference’s three main themes comprised 47 different sub-themes ranging from digital learning, web tools, values or character education, to current and global issues in higher education.

Education Minister II, Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh who officiated the conference, commended both universities for successfully bringing together experts for the development of Malaysia’s teaching and learning practices. “We recognise that educators are a crucial element in Malaysia’s effort to be a regional education hub by 2020. The Malaysian Ministry of Education endeavours to provide as much support as possible to ensure that educators are able to meet with the demands of the profession. I congratulate both institutions and I hope more of such partnerships will be forged by other institutions of higher learning,” said Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh.

Speaking about the significance of TTLC 2013, Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor's University, Professor Dato' Dr. Hasssan Said emphasised the need to continuously create an engaging environment which appeals to learners.

“In line with Taylor’s University’s mission of becoming a 'Top Employers Top Choice University' by 2016, it is important to provide the best and most conducive environment for effective learning. The interesting ideas shared at this conference will ultimately enhance the teaching and learning environment for the benefit of academicians and students alike,” he said.

In addition to the sharing of ideas and experiences, TTLC 2013 also awarded outstanding research papers in three main categories namely, Best Full Refereed Paper, Best PhD Paper and Best Poster Presentation.

TTLC opened its doors to an international audience for the first time this year. Delegates from eight different countries namely Australia, South Africa, The Philippines, Mauritius, Indonesia, Libya, India and Tanzania joined local delegates to leverage on the TTLC platform for the development of transformative teaching and learning practices.

The official opening ceremony of TTLC 2013 was followed by a tour of Taylor's University's New Collaborative Classroom known as Taylor's X-Space. The uniquely structured classroom is part of the university's effort to introduce a blended learning approach, enhancing the campus's learning environment.

View the Taylor's 6th Teaching and Learning Conference 2013 video here.