International Collaboration in Learning & Teaching and Education Research.

September 7, 2018
Dear Educators,

We are delighted to announce the Inaugural Educity Educators Conference to be held at Hotel Jen, Puteri Harbour, Johor on 7th of September 2018.
This all-day event will draw expert contributors from across the higher education sector and will be presented as a series of keynote speeches, contributor sessions as well as hands-on workshops, allowing you to gain valuable ‘How-To’ hints and tips to enhance your own teaching and learning delivery, and education research.
We are pleased to announce that YBHG. DATIN PADUKA IR. DR. SITI HAMISAH BINTI TAPSIR, Director General of Higher Education and YBRS. DR. MOHD NOR AZMAN BIN HASSAN, Deputy Director General of Private Higher Education Institutions from Ministry of Education will be joining us for the conference to deliver a keynote speech entitled "Vision for Higher Education in EduCity."
We look forward to seeing you there to begin some valuable networking experiences for all delegates.
Very best wishes.
Educity Educators Conference Committee 2018

Director General
Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Education
Deputy Director General (Private Higher Education Institutions)
Department of Higher Education
Ministry of Education

Key Information

  • Name of Event: EduCity Educators Conference 2018
  • Conference Theme: International Collaboration in Learning & Teaching and Education Research
  • Date: Friday, 7th of September, 2018
  • Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Venue: Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Johor, Malaysia
  • Please register and make payment by the 27th August 2018.

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9:00 - 9:30AM
  • Includes light refreshments
9:30 - 10:00AM
Welcome Speech and Introduction
  • by representative from Ministry of Education (MoE)
10:00 - 12:30PM
  • 10:00 - 11:00AM
  • 11:00 - 11:30AM
  • 11:30 - 12:30PM
Session on Enhanced Learning
  • Team-Based Learning (TBL)
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Game-Based Learning (GBL) and Creative & Playful Learning (CPL)
12:30 - 2:00PM
Lunch Break
2:00 - 4:30PM
  • 2:00 - 2:45PM
  • 2:45 - 3:15PM
  • 3:15 - 4:00PM
  • 4:00 - 4:30PM
Session on Education Research
  • Introduction to Questionnaire Design
  • Evaluating Programme Change
  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Disseminating Your Research
4:30 - 5:00PM
Keynote Speech: Vision for Higher Education in EduCity and Q&A session
  • by representative from Ministry of Education (MoE)


Enhanced Learning

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shelen Ho (UoRM)
Programme Lead of MBA
Session: Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Dr. Angus Aranan (NUMed)
Session: Team-Based Learning (TBL)
Dr. Rajendran Vaiyapuri (UoRM)
Lecturer in Pharmacy
Session: Virtual Classroom

Dr. Clare Guilding (NUMed)
Dean of Academic Affairs (Medicine)
Session: Game-Based Learning (GBL)
Dr. Jo-Han Ng (UoSM)
Director of the Foundation Programme & Head of Quality Assurance
Session: Creative & Playful Learning (CPL)

Education Research

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rachel Pye (UoRM)
Head of Psychology
Session: Introduction to Questionnaire Design
Ms. Rachel Barrell (UoRM)
Visiting Research Fellows, National Teaching Fellow
Session: Evaluating Programme Change
Ms. Bhavani Veasuvalingam (NUMed)
Research Associate
Session: Disseminating Your Research

Facilitators for Roundtable Discussions

Ms. Bhavani Veasuvalingam (NUMed)
Research Associate
Facilitating: Running focus group discussions
Ms. Rachel Barrell (UoRM)
Visiting Research Fellows, National Teaching Fellow
Facilitating: Effectiveness of feedback methods

Dr. Shiao Lin Beh (UoSM)
Engineering Foundation Year Lecturer
Facilitating: Action research project planning

Assoc. Prof. Bruce Howell (UoRM)
Head of Foundation, Study & Language Institute
Facilitating: Developing student academic writing skills
Dr. Pamela Anne Knight (NUMed)
Senior Lecturer (Clinical)
Facilitating: Supporting transition for students on split-campus degree programmes
Dr. Clare Guilding (NUMed)
Dean of Academic Affairs (Medicine)
Facilitating: Student Support: International and cross-cultural issues

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shelen Ho (UoRM)
Programme Lead of MBA
Facilitating: Cultural and contextual influences on teaching effectiveness
Ms. Belony Low (UoRM)
Teaching & Learning Development Officer
Facilitating: Critical success factors on faculty professional development



10:00 - 12:30PM

Team Based Learning (TBL)

- Introduction
- TBL Activity
- Feedback
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shelen Ho (UoRM) and Dr. Angus Aranan (NUMed)

10:00 - 11:00AM

This is an interactive session on team-based learning (TBL). It begins with a brief introduction on the principles of TBL followed by individual and team activities. Participants are expected to have done the pre-reading distributed by the session facilitators to benefit maximally from the activities. The session concludes with the facilitators sharing TBL practices in both NUMed and UoRM context with variations.

Blackboard Collaborate - a virtual classroom tool to teach and reach across the globe

- Presentation
- Discussion on ideas for implementation
- Feedback
Dr. Rajendran Vaiyapuri (UoRM)

11:00 - 11:30AM

Blackboard Collaborate (BbC) is one of the latest features available in Blackboard and this was introduced as a versatile tool in recent years. This tool is similar to Skype, however, it is designed with more advanced features and functions to create a live ‘virtual classroom’ where the number of participants can be anywhere between 2 to 150 at any given time. This technology enhanced learning (TEL) tool is particularly well suited for cross-campus teaching and learning activities such as webinars, workshops etc. Furthermore, this flexible feature supports distance learning from anywhere in the world. BbC is simple to setup and use, and it requires basic PC or laptop settings preferably with headphones; high broadband speed is required for a good video experience. For the past two years we have been using BbC in our teaching, where our Malaysia students meet and interact with our UK academics and students. Using BbC we have successfully conducted multiple cross-campus workshops, research seminars and experience and knowledge sharing sessions. Beyond teaching and learning, this tool is used for cross-campus staff meetings, presentations etc. Overall, with the use of BbC, distance is no longer a barrier for learning, so anyone can learn from across the globe.

Game-Based Learning and Creative & Playful Learning (CPL)

- Game-Based Learning
Dr. Clare Guilding (NUMed)
Dr. Jo-Han Ng (UoSM)

11:30 - 12:30PM

Game-based learning is an approach to motivate students by incorporating game elements into the learning environment. Games differ from other educational interventions in their competitive nature and the use of prescribed rules and procedures. In this session, you will work in small teams to generate ideas for table-top games to encourage small group deliberations, multi-player discussions and competitive interactions in a classroom setting (so for example, board games, puzzle games as opposed to electronic games or simulations). Following a brainstorming session of potential games, you will begin to develop one of these within you group.

A creative and playful learning (CPL) method for chemistry education was piloted at a Malaysian high school involving Years 10 and 11 students. The medium for providing the CPL method was through the use of a Green Technology-themed Escape Room. The topic of Green Technology is selected as it will be implemented into the Malaysian science education syllabus in 2020, and the Escape Room is used to introduce the subchapters in providing pre-exposure and increase intrinsic motivation of students.


2:00 - 4:30PM

Aim of the Session: To give practical advice and facilitate networking, so that all delegates leave with additional skills.

Introduction to Questionnaire Design

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rachel Pye (UoRM)

2:00 - 2:45PM

Much education research collects data from students after an intervention, often using questionnaires or surveys. However, designing clear and comprehensible questionnaires that provide meaningful data is harder than it first appears. In this session, we will explore what makes a good and bad questionnaire, how to identify issues before using them, and how to best analyse your data for robust research.

Evaluating Programme Change

Ms. Rachel Barrell (UoRM)

2:45 - 3:15PM

In the current climate of student questionnaires and surveys in Higher Education to measure programme impact, this session will explore other approaches and initiatives to effective programme evaluation which include beliefs around learning and teaching and the culture of the institution. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on key questions linked to their own programmes.

Roundtable Discussion

Various facilitators

3:15 - 4:00PM

To provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss their interests and network, with prompt material provided to aid discussion. Please select up to three topics that most interests you upon registration, and join an appropriate table at the start of this session.

Disseminating Your Research

Ms. Bhavani Veasuvalingam (NUMed)

4:00 - 4:30PM

Effective dissemination of research will improve the knowledge transfer of research results. Researchers often have to go multiple information sources in order to identify relevant, time-critical information. Due to the dynamics of research result, they are faced with such problems as distributed sources and interdisciplinary differences in terminology that prevent them from accessing the information they need. One of the goals of research should be the dissemination of research findings. Presentation of research findings to an audience of interest can be accomplished through formal and informal presentation through various channels. Disseminating your research findings to the relevance audience of interest will help build the relationship with others who hold similar interest. Moreover, it will provide effective communication and collaboration among researchers.


  • 1) Running focus group discussions

  • Facilitator: Ms. Bhavani Veasuvalingam
  • Discusses how to run a focus group discussion, delegates experiences of focus group discussions.
  • 2) Effectiveness of feedback methods

  • Facilitator: Ms. Rachel Barrell
  • Opportunity for delegates to discuss different types of feedback methods they use in their teaching, student engagement with the feedback and how effective it is for student satisfaction and student learning.
  • 3) Action research project planning

  • Facilitator: Dr. Shiao Lin Beh
  • Opportunity for delegates to discuss, and get peer feedback on, current or planned action research projects- eg. identifying problems/ points for change, appropriateness of the intervention, how to assess the effect of the intervention, possible “second cycles” or further development of research.
  • 4) Developing student academic writing skills

  • Facilitator: Assoc. Prof. Bruce Howell
  • Opportunity to identify and discuss common problems in EAL student academic/scientific writing (or other communication skills), and possible interventions.
  • 5) Supporting transition for students on split-campus degree programmes

  • Facilitator: Dr. Pamela Anne Knight
  • What issues have delegates noticed when students transfer overseas from branch to main campuses (or vice versa) as part of their degree programme, and how do you think they can be addressed?
  • 6) Student Support: international and cross-cultural issues

  • Facilitator: Dr. Clare Guilding
  • What types of issues have delegates noticed and were there particular problems with addressing these?
  • 7) Cultural and contextual influences on teaching effectiveness

  • Facilitator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Shelen Ho
  • Teaching effectiveness: the perceptions of teachers and students. An exploration of cultural or contextual influences?
  • 8) Critical success factors on faculty professional development

  • Facilitator: Ms. Belony Low
  • To get peer feedback on Home Campus and International Branch Campus in educational expectations and assumptions and learning styles; and discussion on strategies for embedding language and learning support. Reference: The International Education Association of Australia, 2008. Good Practice In Offshore Delivery – A guide for Australian providers, pp.73-84. Available from
  • 9) "OTHERS - To Be Announced"

  • - from delegate's suggestions as registration forms come in (if there is an obvious preference for a particular area we are not covering.)


Conference Fees per Pax


  • Entitlement
  • The registration fee entitles participants to the following:
  • Access to all sessions in the main conference programme.
    Access to coffee breaks and lunches on 7th of September 2018.
  • Confirmation of Registration
  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration confirmation will be sent to all successful registrants.
  • If you are unable to attend the conference, you may send a delegate from the same institution. Please email us the details of your registration and the information (i.e. name, post, and institution) of the delegate.
  • Insurance
  • In the event of unforeseeable circumstances, the Organising Committee will not be responsible for any loss incurred. It is the responsibility of the participants to make their own arrangements for personal and travel insurance.
  • Disclaimer
  • While every attempt will be made to ensure that all aspects of the Conference mentioned on the website will take place as scheduled, the Organising Committee reserves the right to make last-minute changes without prior notice, should the need arise.
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Methods of Payment

Payment can be made by the following options:

Bank transfers (Telegraphic transfers):

  • Malayan Banking Berhad,
  • 17 & 19, Jalan Persisiran Perling,
  • Taman Perling,
  • 81200 Johor Bahru.

  • Account Name: Rumal Reading Sdn. Bhd.
  • Account Number: 501347-213581
  • Swift Code: MBBEMYKL

Please quote your full name and your IC number and forward the transfer slip to


Malaysia’s National Bill Payment Scheme that allows you to pay bills conveniently and securely with your Current or Savings account.

  • Biller Code: 9506
  • Biller Code Name: Rumal Reading Sdn Bhd

  • Ref-1: (last 8-digits of your IC number)
  • Ref-2: >>Full name<<
Upon payment, please email us a digital copy of the receipt for reference.


Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour
Persiaran Puteri Selatan,
79000 Puteri Harbour,
Johor, Malaysia.
Click the image for more location details via Google Maps.


For further enquiries, please email us your questions at or contact one of us:

Ms. Belony Low

Dr. Jo-Han Ng

University of Reading Malaysia
University of Southampton Malaysia
Phone: +607-2686-215
Phone: +607-5602-462