Sunday, February 22, 2009

Math Workshop @ OUM KL

Feb 22, 2009

OUM has organized another Math workshop for its learners who are taking the BBMP 1103 and SBMA 1103 courses at OUM Main Campus on Feb 21, 2009 from 8.3am to 1.30pm. The event was organized by the Counseling Unit of the Center For Student Management led by Prof. Dr. Latifah. Coordinating the program successfully was Normahliza who has done extremely well in ensuring the smooth running of the program.

The workshop was conducted by Richard Ng

The workshop started sharp at 8.30am and ended as expected at 1.30pm. Close to 50 participants from KL and also a learner Penang turned up to find out more about how they could improve on their math. The workshop was conducted by Richard Ng, the director of OUM Perak.

Some of the participants of the workshop

The workshop was based on the Online Supplemental Instruction (OSI) model which has won a silver medal recently at the AAOU 2008 International Conference in China. Participants were coached on understanding the logic of math and how to use the Equation Editor software to type mathematical symbols so that they can post any problems through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Participants were busy having discussion on how to solve the mathematical problems assigned to the group.

Participants were divided into 5 groups and each group was given a mathematical problem to solve. The team leader from each group was required to present their findings watched by other participants. This way all the participants will learn from each other.

The following video clips show how the workshop was conducted:

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Video Clips on Differentiation - Chapter 7

The following video clips will assist you in understanding Chapter 7 of the BBMP 1103 Module. It will also assist you in answering the assignment question No. 6.

Video Clip Part 1:

Video Clip Part 2:

The Winning Team - AAOU 2008 Silver Medal Award

The Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) where OUM is a member, held an International conference in Tian Jin, China from 14 to 16 October. As usual, OUM have been actively participating in this conference having hosted the AAOU 2007 conference in Putrajaya.

OUM entourage to AAOU 2008 conference was led by Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Anuwar Ali (fifth from right)

OUM entourage was led by YBhg Prof Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Anuwar Ali, President/Vice Chancellor of OUM. OUM presented a number of papers in the conference, which was also attended by presenters from 22 countries.

Prof. Tan Sri Dr. Anuwar Ali was one of the key note speakers at the conference

Two papers from OUM have been shortlisted for the best paper award. And one of the two papers emerged as the winner for the Silver Medal award. The gold medal was won by host China. Credit goes to Prof. Dr. Mansor Fadzil, Senio VP of OUM, for his powerful presentation of behalf of the team, who are unable to attend the conference.

The winning presentation by Prof. Mansor Fadzil, Senior VP of OUM

The paper entitled: "E-Mathematics: Pre-instructional and Supplemental Instruction and their impact on student’s Online Participation and Final Exam Score" won the Silver Medal award. The research, which was led by Richard Ng, Director of OUM Perak, also include four other members; Prof. Latifah Abd Latif, Director of the Centre for Student Mangement, Prof. Ramli Bahroom, General Manager for Corporate Relations, Prof. Abtar Kaur and Siti Farina from the Faculty of Education and Language.

Puan Kamariah, Registrar of OUM, received the silver medal on behalf of OUM

The winning team members (from left): Richard Ng, Prof. Ramli, Siti Farina, Prof. Latifah and Prof. Abtar

The Silver Medal

The certificate awarded to team members

The abstract of the winning paper is as follows:

Open University Malaysia (OUM), Malaysia’s first open and distance learning university with over 67,000 students, offers more than 51 programs to-date. More than 90% of its students are working adults who are unable to leave their jobs or families behind to pursue their dream of getting a degree. The blended learning approach adopted by OUM provides the flexibility for working adults to obtain the required paper qualification and to upgrade their knowledge. One of the important elements of blended learning is the use of online discussion forum where learning takes place beyond classroom.

Mathematics, a traditionally difficult course, forms part of the pre-requisite for students to obtain a business degree at OUM. The adult learners at OUM generally have left school for at least five years and most of them have low grades in Mathematics at O’ Level. Thus it is a big challenge for these adult learners to undertake a Mathematics course via online with minimum Face-to-Face contact with their tutors.

This paper focuses on the implementation of pre-instruction workshop and supplemental instruction to find its impact on student’s online participation and exam results of 88 students. The contents of the online forum were also analyzed using a 34-item instrument derived from the Community of Inquiry model. Results obtained showed that there was a strong correlation between workshop participation and final exam score. Independent samples t-test conducted showed that there was a significant difference between the mean score of online discussion ratio and final examination between participants attached to a tutor conducting the workshop and extended coaching compared to participants attached to another tutor using the normal teaching guide. The mean COI score obtained for mathematics between the two tutors indicated that there is a difference in the teaching and cognitive presence but almost similar in the social presence.

This research is important especially in improving the learning of mathematics via blended learning approach. The management of OUM especially Prof. Mansor Fadzil, has been very supportive of this project and as a result, it was given a research grant to expand such learning pedagogy throughout OUM and include other technical courses, which have been regarded traditionally as difficult courses.

A new model known as the "OSI Model" has been developed to enhance learning with video support where learners can now download the video clips and view it as many times as they required at any time any place. As portable media players are available at affordable cost these days, more and more learners are expected to engage in mobile learning.

The OSI Model of learning Mathematics

Saturday, February 14, 2009

SkyBlue Portable Media Player

Feb 14, 2009

As I was window shopping at one of the shopping malls in Ipoh, I stumbled upon a gadget known as SkyBlue Portable Media Player. From far it looks like Nokia 6210. Next to this item I saw some other gadgets that looked like I-Pod.

The Skyblue PMP is as big as the size of the palm measuring 3cm by 5cm

The gadget has a price tag of RM209. Since it is "not sooo expensive" compared with other established gadgets, I asked the salesman how it functions. To my surprise, it has a high resolution and can support MP3, MP4 and other movie format. It comes with 2GB storage space.

I downloaded one of my video clips and play it with this gadget. It was superb.

The other day, I was also looking at some second PDA at the same complex and I found an O2 that cost RM500. I thought of buying the O2 for my research purpose. But with this gadget selling at RM200, I did not hesitate at all to buy one.

I brought back to my office after that and tested it. I am amazed that it functioned as expected.

I tested the video on this gadget. In the background is my PC which I am running the YouTube video.

For students who wish to download video clips from YouTube, you need a software which can be downloaded free from the following website:

With this affordable gadget I hope students who are weak in Math will buy one and download the video clips posted so that they can be viewed at any time any place. This is the mobile learning era. Once your course has completed, you can continue using the gadget to play MP3 musics and even download pictures from the PC.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sample Q&A on Break-Even Analysis (Chapter 4)

The video clip below will show how to answer questions related to Break-Even Analysis from Chapter 4 of the BBMP 1103 module:

Sample Q&A on Cost, Revenue and Profit functions (Chapter 4)

The video clip below is related to the topic on Cost, Revenue and Profit functions based on Chapter 4 of the BBMP 1103 module:

Sample Q&A on Linear Equations (Chapter 4)

The video clip below will show how to solve questions related to linear equations.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sample Q&A on Domain and Range (Chapter 3)

The following video will show you how to answer questions related to Domain and Range. This video is meant for OUM learners currently taking the BBMP1103 course: