Looking forward to 2020

Assalamolaikum and good day to all of you, the 2019 year I was not that active on writing blog. There are several reasons for this, however as December came I committed myself to write review for the year 2019. Here is the quick summary, yet another defining , challenging and interesting year to go through.

As we embarked on different technology enhanced learning (TEL) projects, we explored “inspirational management” techniques and learnt a lot about effective management of people , resources and projects at institutional, national and international level . 

At the end of 2018 we were assigned to conduct a workshop. Task assigned was to plan,design and facilitate pre-conference workshop on “Personalizing Learning Through the use of Technology” at MAEMHS Medical Education Conference at University Technology Mara, KL, Malaysia. An introductory video can be found here.

Certificate of participation can be found here

Blended Learning:

I was given opportunity to work with the team who was responsible to design MSc in Acupuncture, MBA (Healthcare Management) programme and PG diploma in Diabetes Management and Education via blended learning delivery mode. My focus was on online content design, delivery, learning activities, assessment and how to make learner online learning experience effective and seamless. After several rounds of training session with facilitators we were ready to go head with online material, activities, and assessment. Happy to see the successful launch of this programme, which I manage to attended first few sessions of module 1 to have first hand feedback from the learners.


The other main project that I got the opportunity to work was conversion of three conventional programmes to Open and Distance Learning (ODL) delivery mode and I am happy to share here, a great news that we successfully launched the programme. It was great learning experience for me. In completing this task we manage to even fine tune our conventional programmes. Lesson learnt from this project is, “it is good to revisit, reflect and think out of box”, when it comes to design online learning activities, course, and learning experiences . 

Virtual Medical Clinic (VMC):

I would like to mention here about Virtual Medical Clinic project, which we are involved for last several years. In 2019 we manage to add more than 10 virtual cases into our clinics. This project is one of the great resources for students to test their knowledge. To access these cases, I would like to share the link:

Head Injury

A Lump in the Breast

Bowel Obstruction

Do let me know if you are interested to know more about this project or any other project. I would be happy to conduct training sessions/workshops.

I would love to hear your comments and please feel free to share your thoughts.

AMEA Conference:

I was part of  The Asian Medical Education Association(AMEA) Symposium AMEA 2019 organizing committee.


In 2019 we were actively involved in design and development of MOOCs. We are using openlearning platform and MOODLE platform to design following MOOCs:

  1. Travel Medicine ( National University of Ireland, Galway; International Medical University)
  2. Smoking cessation ( Dalhousie University; Université Laval; International medical University)
  3. Patient Safety MOOC (MOH + International Medical University)

The greatness of these MOOCs are that we are designing and developing them with our partner schools and Ministry of Health, it is great collaborative effort.


We have explored SWIVL as lecture capturing system. SWIVL cloud is giving good features online. I like the hardware and software sync.  Academic like it and it actually cut down the editing time and published version is ready and easy to share the content.

I would like if SWIVL could add assessment feature into their online post editing software.

Learning Resources Festival (LRF19):

This year our theme for festival was Personalized Learning, Learning Analytics & Adaptive Technologies. It was great event. We had more than 30 showcases in our Innovasi Competition.  Thank you to the great team work by organizing team. We arranged keynote talks, and had innovative projects showcases. It was engaging event and we explored lot of innovative ideas. We look forward to have event more interesting event next year.

Module Coordinator/Facilitator: 

I was appointed again a module coordinator for Medical Health Profession Education (MHPE) programme module, ” eLearning for HPE”.This was my third time to coordinate and  facilitate this module. The module went well. We had explore lot of tools for design and development of interactive content, blended learning course and assessment and feedback.

Mobile App Design:

We used MIT app inventor to facilitate mobile app design and development by our students.  http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/

I was fortunate to present our research project on Mobile app design and development  finding as a paper at AAOU Conference  organised by virtual University of Pakistan.

I was invited to conduct Conference workshop on Blended Learning Content design, at International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) 2019.

I would like to thank you all those who made 2019 great year for me and shared their word of wisdom.

I am looking forward to 2020 to explore more Learning Analytics, Big data, emotional Intelligence and People Management.






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[44] Team work and assessment strategies/tools – Team Based Learning assessments (TBL) and the use of Campus Pack Wiki for group work

Great article on TBL. I got interested in TBL as I was doing research on Collaborative learning.



Team work and assessment strategies/tools – Team Based Learning assessments (TBL) and the use of Campus Pack Wiki for group work

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Xiaojun (Ping) Yin Senior Lecturer
College of Engineering

Two of the most sought-after skills/competencies by employers of our graduates are the ability to learn and the ability to work well within a team. However, group work within an academic context is often difficult to organise, manage and coordinate. Students could walk away from assessments feeling that they have been unfairly disadvantaged, despite doing a large amount of work. This workshop aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of Team Based Learning (TBL) assessment as an engaging learning and teaching strategy and the use of Campus Pack Wiki as an innovative tool to help students to develop communication skills whilst working in a team. The workshop will be delivered through audience participation in groups, completing a TBL assessment…

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Goodbye 2018 and looking forward to 2019!!!

It was very active year full of new projects and lot of learning. As we are going to transit to 2019, let me share key projects and lesson learnt during 2018.

When it comes to content design and development, I would say in 2018, we developed more video based content with interactivity and assessment. Most of the new authoring tools have these features which can easily record/import video, can edit and have interactivity and assessment on top of the videos. We explore mostly Articulate 360 and Camtasia to do these task. Some of the simple tools in Articulate suite, “Replay” could be sometime coming handy to complete the task fast. I would like to share here E-Learning Heroes community page for more tutorials about how to use Replay by clicking following link:


Another tool which contributes are lot when it comes to lecture capturing and recording is Swivl. It makes our job very easy to record, do the post editing and uploading the content to cloud and share it at LMS.  The latest version could allow multiple video input.


Mobile App development is other area I explored during 2018 using MIT App inventor.  I started loving this toolkit. I will share with you all the site and suggest to at least explore one this toolkit, it’s very easy and rewarding:


Open and distance learning and MOOCs was other mode of delivery I am exploring and assisting academicians to design learning experiences for distance learning. I used MOODLE and OpenLearning platforms for this. Using these platform and social media you could really experiment Mobile Collaborative Informal Learning(MCIL) and Social Learning. I would confess it is challenges to design for really unexpected learners and dynamic environment, but at the end it is fun to always designing and getting engaged with learner and make learning fun for them.


Yet once more we did Learning Resources Festival at IMU, Thank you to the great team work by my team. We got great keynote talks, some good showcases, e-posters video and mobile app competition. It was great event and we explore lot. We have recording at our YouTube channel.


In the area of management, I have attended workshops and training on how to effectively manage teams/people. Need to do personal profiling, enhance reporting and resolve conflicts. Still learning. I would be sharing one of the great statement I read last week of 2018, “Rough seas make the best sailors.” Looking forward to 2019 to be more productive and explore more in the area of Data Science, Design Science, Gamification, Virtual Reality and many newer things to learn.

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Sensor-based augmented reality (AR) to support apprentice training – Loads to Consider!

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The Potential of Virtual Reality in Medical Education and Training

Great use of AR and VR.


This blog post was written by Bryan Chew Jun Wei, a student at Leicester Medical School, who is a member of the student group MedRIFT — Medical Research into Future Technologies.

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The use of Virtual Reality (VR) in industries apart from gaming has increased exponentially which can be attributed to the development of head mounted displays (HMD) such as Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Google Cardboard. Some of these are user-friendly and affordable (Google Cardboard: ₤3); with the only catch being the requirement of a smart phone as well. We are all familiar with the recent hype about 360° pictures and videos on Youtube, Facebook and other social media platforms. However, we also need to realise its enormous potential in the field of medicine.

Think for a moment how the different organs, vessels and nerves are orientated in the abdominal and pelvic cavity…

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List of Leading Free Online Educational Resources

Along with the traditional university education, online education is becoming very common. Now courses are available online for free from leading universities/institutes of the world and all the pe…

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Documenting Learning

Great post about Learning and How we could document it using different tools and methods.

User Generated Education

As I’ve discussed in numerous posts, I am an experiential educator. I believe in and promote learning-by-doing and hands-on learning. I approach experiential learning from a cycle of learning which includes reflecting on and analysis of things done through learning-by-doing.


Reflection, as part of the experiential learning cycle, is often as or even more important than the making itself.


A recent research study published via Harvard Business Review concluded that:

  • Learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection-that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience.
  • Reflecting on what has been learned makes experience more productive.
  • Reflection builds one’s confidence in the ability to achieve a goal (i.e., self-efficacy), which in turn translates into higher rates of learning. (http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/7498.html)

I am excited about the current trend towards maker education but I believe it needs to…

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Summarize Year 2015 and looking forward to 2016

Year 2015 was one of the fastest year to end and one of the less active year as far as blog posting is concern. You could image this is my only second post of this year. Alhumdullil Allah this year was one of the active year as far as e-Learning is concern. I will summarize what I was involved in for past one year.

I was involved more in management task this year which was great learning experience. Get more opportunities to learn about people management, emotional intelligence and self-control. 🙂

Accreditation Process: Was involved in this documentation intensive exercise which make me learn more what we were doing for last five year. Able to do SWOT analysis of our department. Feedback from reviewer let us improve more and focus on our strengths.

IPL initiatives: I was lucky to work with several working groups on different projects from different departments. Got chance to work on certain key theoretical concepts like COP, Big data Analysis, Cooperate Training, workforce data, and Learning Organisation.

Flipping the flipped learning:

In year 2014 and early 2015 we explore and implemented flipped learning. The idea came from Dr Sufyan to do the flipping the flipped learning. Key concept is shared here. flipping the flipped

Video based learning:

Video based learning content with interactivity using Storyline was great experience, we do identify the content which are most of the time repeated and convert them into videos. So learner could use these videos. One of the examples could be to record practical briefing and upload the videos.



Infographic is another important tool when it comes to learning. If design well we could use Infographic to make understand complex idea.


Social Media:

This year used mostly Twitter, FB, Google hangout on air and YouTube.

Discover Blab, great tool for learning and sharing. Just need to join serious and informative blabs and filter non-serious, not related blabs as once you are in you get addicted to watch.


Learning Resources Festival:

The third IMU Learning Resources Festival was held from 30 November to 1 December 2015. The activities scheduled during the 2-day festival were e-Learning Showcases, Learning Innovation Talks, Nano Workshops, and Mobile Game activities. For details click here.

Looking Forward 2016:

I am looking forward to year 2016 to learn more and explore more about designing effective and engaging learning experiences. I wish year 2016 will be more interactive, challenging, and result oriented year for all of us.  Waiting for your feedback or comments. Thanks 🙂

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Insight for schools: Trends in university learning space design, big shift from lectures to collaborative learning

Great post on how to design learning landscape for collaborative learning.

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For many school-based educators, one of the justifications for maintaining a traditional teacher and content focused culture is the need to prepare students for university. But what if universities are changing.

MUSE  Macquarie University MUSE at Macquarie University

There are many examples of tertiary institutions that understand the need for change. Information, lectures and resources can be accessed online, so why would they need to come into university. The MUSE at Macquarie University (pictured) is the transformation of the former library of the 1960s into learning commons and now more students are on campus, they have a place to go.

It has been interesting to read the chapter: The Further and Higher Education Campus in Design for the changing education landscape (2014) by Andrew Harrison and Les Hutton. There is significant insight for the school education sector from what is happening at the tertiary level.

The examples in this chapter are in a process of…

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Future Learning Forum 2015

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