Distance Education Model – The Experience of Universiti Telekom (Multimedia University) in Malaysia

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1999-03
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Manshor, Amat Taap
Ibrahim, Shaharimah
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF1 // Information will become the main raw material in the future, and technology will definitely be the most important tool for dissemination of information. Consequently, virtual learning and/or distance education will be the common mode of transferring knowledge, skill, and experience. Technology is a major contributor to the dramatic transformation of distance education (Potashnik and Capper, 1998). In the era of information technology, internet-based training and distance education programmes are expected to play a key role in transforming the world into a borderless educational arena. // Consistent with the Malaysian Government’s effort to adopt information technology in most activities, the Universiti Telekom (Multimedia University) has taken an important step by launching its first distance education programme in June 1998. This programme has fully utilised University’s facilities of which is based on telecommunication and information technology. With the view of catering various needs of learners, the medium of instruction is combined between conventional and the so-called multimedia approach. // Thus, the aim of this paper is to share the models of course development and delivery adopted by the University’s distance education programme. It is believed that the discussion derived from this session will benefit both the distance education provider and the user. //
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Malaysia
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