Prof. Dr Hajah Nor Aziah Haji Alias, from the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), bagged the Gold Award for the EdTech Leadership in Asia for Tertiary Education category at the EduTECH Asia Awards 2019 recently. The award places Prof. Dr Hajah Nor Aziah as a leader in the use of instructional technology in Asia.
The award, which is part of EduTECH Asia 2019, Asia’s largest education conference and exhibition, was held at Suntec Singapore from 4th -6th November 2019. EdTech Leadership in Asia for Tertiary Education is one of the 16 award categories which saw eight finalists from across Asia competing for either gold, silver and bronze awards.
Prof. Dr Hajah Nor Aziah Haji Alias attributed her winning to her 20-year effort of advocating the use of technology in supporting effective instructional activities. An alumnus of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, she was fascinated with the online mode of learning way back during her university days. Surfing the Internet was altogether a new experience back then. She discovered that technology offered enormous opportunities for educators to rethink and reshape their instructional approaches and activities.
Her overarching teaching philosophy is ‘All man can and will learn’ and believes strongly that “the integration of technology can enhance the way learners approach their learning”. She also feels that technology is most beneficial when it helps to instigate change in learners and in learning that occurs. Not only does technology enhance teachers’ pedagogy and instructional activities, but it also transforms learners’ perspectives towards learning. The way technology proliferates, continuously shape and reshapes learning contexts and the manners learners engage in learning. However, she is quick to warn that “we have to be cautious with the use of technology, reminding that technology is only useful when it serves a purpose”.
Prof. Dr Hajah Nor Aziah’s research area is Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Development, focussing on how technology can cater to the learning needs of specific learning groups such as adult learners, senior citizens, learners with special needs, and marginalized learners in remote areas.
To know more on her research and publications, please refer to this link https://scholar.google.com.my/citations?user=RGgbsYIAAAAJ&hl=en.
On bridging technology to education, Prof. Dr Hajah Nor Aziah is optimistic that technology will help solve many issues and challenges in education, particularly those concerning access and equity. Much can be accomplished if we are open to new ways of doing things.
“Reconnect your World with Instructional Technology and Innovative Teaching”
Prepared by: Zuraimi Zakaria, Corporate Coordinator, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia