Monash Indonesia Talks - is online learning the future of education?

Online Learning: Is it the future of education?

On 8th October 2020, Monash University proudly collaborated with President University, Indonesia to discuss this topical question through an interactive webinar. The webinar attracted nearly 290 participants from Indonesia, Australia and Singapore. University staff, academics and students participated alongside school teachers, principals, government officials and those working in industry and corporates.

The disruptions of COVID-19 have forced us to rapidly transition towards digital education and find creative ways to engage students in online learning. Insights from the Monash experience, training needs and options, and the Indonesian context of online learning were presented and discussed by our esteemed panellists:

  • Professor Allie Clemans - Academic Director, Teaching and Learning at Monash University whose research focus is adult workplace learning and employability.
  • Professor Matthew Mundy - Deputy Head, Monash Centre for Professional Development & Monash Online Education, who is a cognitive neuroscientist and is known for digital and online education innovation.
  • Prof. Dr. Suciati - Professor in Education Technology at Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia (Open University of Indonesia), who is the head of the UT Publishing House, Director for Graduate Studies Program and a senior lecturer at the School for Teaching and Education Science at UT.

The webinar was moderated by Ibu Ani Pujiastuti, Ph.D., lecturer at Faculty of Humanities, President University.

Professor Allie Clemans, Monash University

Our first speaker, Professor Allie Clemans, talked about capitalizing on the Monash experience in delivering fully online learning this year, while maintaining education quality and student experience. Though inequitable access to technology and insufficient attention to the social dimensions of learning have been a few drawbacks, overall student results are better and student satisfaction has only dipped slightly. Allie emphasised the need for greater collaboration across divisions supporting learning and teaching; greater use of data to gain insights; and more diversified array of assessment solutions to improve the online learning outcomes.

Professor Matthew Mundy, Monash University

As the digital landscape provides exciting opportunities for educators to embrace the EdTech movement and create learning modules that can inspire and motivate learners, our second speaker Professor Matthew Mundy provided an overview of his popular online course – Technology for education in clinical healthcare (EdTech). The implementation of technology in our teaching often involves thinking very differently about our current educational practices and imagining new ways of working.

Prof Dr. Suciati, Universitas Terbuka

In the final presentation, Prof. Dr. Suciati talked about how Universitas Terbuka (UT) as Cyber-U is leading the way in online learning and teaching in Indonesia. She provided an overview of the Learning System Development programs at UT, from the introduction of Moodle as online platform for blended learning in 2004 to offering fully online programs in 2012 and now blended web-based synchronous & asynchronous learning in 2020.

Ani Pujiastuti, Ph.D., President University

The webinar engaged participants through effective moderation from Ibu Ani Pujiastuti and incorporation of polls to get real-time information on audience background, understanding of the Monash experience of moving to fully online education, EdTech knowledge, use and interest. It finished with a lively Q&A session that covered topics from effective delivery of online modules to limitations in the use and availability of technology and to the lack of intimacy between a student and educator during the learning process. Attendees were provided with an e-certificate on request for their attendance.

The final joint webinar in this series will be hosted by President University with the theme "Human Resources Today: Turning Challenges into Opportunities During Covid-19 Pandemic" on Thursday, 5th November 2020 at 5.30pm AEDT. Register here.

Contact: Monash Indonesia Representative Office (MIRO)