Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) is all set to enable Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) credit transfer without grades to more courses taken at the undergraduate level.
Other than an increased number of MOOCs offered by UTeM, undergraduates at the university can also apply for credit transfer for courses offered by other universities and international MOOC providers very soon.
To start with, only UTeM MOOCs can be applied for MOOC credit transfer at the undergraduate levels, said its Centre for Instructional Resources and Technology (PSTP) director Dr Zulisman Maksom.
Students from other universities can also take UTeM MOOCs to get credit transfer without grades from their universities, he explained to Higher ED recently.
“MOOCs can be taken before and during student study. However, credit load is not taken into account during the semester of study. It is grade-free and is excluded in calculating student CGPA.
“With MOOC credit transfer, students have the opportunity to shorten the duration of study provided the MOOCs taken must be the equivalent to that of UTeM,” said Zulisman.
A pioneer among public universities in recognising studies pursued online by students via the MOOC platform, UTeM has been offering credit transfer for MOOC since March 2018.
Although it has developed 15 MOOCs, including Critical and Creative Thinking, Database, Information Technology Security, Programming Technique, Multimedia System and Technology Entrepreneurship, there has been only one MOOC offered by UTeM for credit transfer — Mandarin 1.
To be eligible for credit transfer, Zulisman said students would have to get a MOOC Completion Certificate after completing the online course and then sit for a MOOC Competency Test and at least get a C.
“MOOC credit transfer without grades means that the credit for the course (for example, two credit hours for Mandarin 1) will contribute to the total graduating credit requirement, but the credit is not used in the calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA)/Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of the programme pursued by the student,” he explained.
So far, 167 students have passed the MOOC Competency Test and been approved to get credit transfer for the Mandarin 1 course.
Currently, more than 300 students who have completed the Mandarin 1 MOOC have enrolled for the MOOC Competency Test this month.
UTeM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Wira Dr Raha Abdul Rahim said before a MOOC can be offered for credit transfer, the MOOC needs to be at least 80 per cent equivalent to the university’s course.
“This involves mapping, comparing and evaluating the extent to which the course content of the MOOC or a combination of a few MOOCs measure up to the course applied for credit transfer,” she said.
The guideline for credit transfer was introduced by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency in 2016 with the hope of exposing students to a lifelong learning platform to enhance their knowledge and skills, especially digital intelligence, which is vital for all students to master in this digital transformation era.
In line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint, UTeM’s virtual education drive includes initiatives in the development of e-Content, implementation of blended learning, provision of conducive learning space and the acculturation of e-learning strategies in teaching and learning.
“Interactive books (iBooks) production and eCommerce OCW (Open Courseware) usage has been implemented at UTeM since 2014. In 2018, 10 new iBooks and 10 new OCWs have been created, bringing the total to 42 iBooks and 45 OCWs. In addition, three new MOOC e-Content have also been created, making a total of 12 MOOC courses,” Raha elaborated.
The current enrolment for UTeM MOOCs is 17,873 students, out of which 4,805 are enrolled for Critical and Creative Thinking, 1,192 for Multimedia System, 1,268 for Programming Technique, 3,596 for Mandarin 1, 2,529 for Introduction to Database, 2,937 for Technology Entrepreneurship, 375 for Japanese 1, 83 for Information Technology Security, 71 for Malaysian University English Test Preparation, 178 for Motion Graphics, 343 for Numerical Method, and 333 for Principles of Electrical and Electronics.