Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the new University of Wollongong campus in Kuala Lumpur.
A joint partnership with INTI, the campus offers courses in business and informatics – with new courses planned for next semester.
We have worked with the education faculty at UOW for quite a number of years, providing our learning platform for the graduate diploma students and the faculty staff.
Lots of great ideas have come from our informal collaboration and via a formal joint Australian Research Council project that Janison and UOW staff worked on for 3 years until the end of 2010.
It was great to catch up with Barry Harper, who led the faculty for a number of years and is now helping to establish the UOW facility in Malaysia. Visits to education facilities like these help me to gain a better understanding of the emerging role of online education in Asia, at a corporate, school and higher education level. I expect that in many ways countries in Asia will ‘leap’ to the latest technologies ignoring some of the earlier technologies that are still in use in some locations in Australia.
Certainly there is great interest in how online learning can be used improve education outcomes across Asia, it’s a very rewarding area to be working in.