Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Bin Wan Ahmad Radzi

Chief Executive Officer, UNITAR International University

'Creating an Innovative University'

Wan Ahmad Saifuddin possesses extensive experience in the educational field, and in e-Business. He holds a BA (Hons) in Architecture from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Architecture from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge University.

Prior to joining UNITAR International University (UNITAR), Wan Ahmad Saifuddin was with Ekuiti Nasional Berhad (Ekuinas) as Director, Special Projects (Education) in 2011. Formerly, he was recruited into Khazanah Nasional Berhad to start up the Malaysian Directors Academy (MINDA) for the Ministry of Finance, which after successful operation, he focused his efforts on building the Trust School Framework, a concept of Private Sector involvement to improve Public Schools with the Ministry of Education (MoE) through a Public Private Partnership Agreement. Wan Ahmad Saifuddin has also served as a Technology Head for e-Learning in iPerintis Sdn. Bhd. where he became the Project Team Leader to implement e-Learning for all of Petronas’ 25,000 employees globally. He joined iPerintis Sdn. Bhd. after serving with E-One Thousand Sdn. Bhd. as Chairman and Chief Technology Officer. Wan Ahmad Saifuddin started his career with Damansara Architect Sdn. Bhd. as an Assistant Architect and later rose to become General Manager of Product Development at DC One Technologies Sdn. Bhd. He has also taught at Lim Kok Wing Institute of Creative Multimedia (LICT), Multimedia University (MMU), and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).

Prof. Dr Abd Karim Alias

Director, Centre for Development of Academic Excellence (USM)

'Envisioning the Future of Learning'

Prof. Dr Abd Karim Alias is a Professor of Food Technology at the School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and current Director of the Centre for Development of Academic Excellence. In 2002, he received the inaugural USM Excellent Educator Award and in 2010 he received the Anugerah Tokoh (Distinguished Person) in Anugerah Sanggar Sanjung. He also was the recipient of the prestigious Anugerah Akademik Negara (National Academic Award) in 2008 for teaching. In his current role as the Director of the Centre for Development of Academic Excellence, he is responsible to design and run a professional development programme in technology-­enhanced learning and student-­centred learning for the academic staff.    He is also involved as a trainer in the technology-mediated learning workshop and has conducted numerous workshops especially on using technology in teaching and learning. He is now leading a project to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) for the university and so far has succeeded to produce more than 20 Open CourseWares (OCW). He has also developed and maintained a few teaching portals, websites, and blogs related to teaching/learning and research.

Prof. Zoraini Wati Abas

Director, Center for Learning, Teaching and Curriculum Development/Acting Vice Rector (Academic & Student Affairs), Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional

'Empowering learners through flipped learning'

Dr. Zoraini is Director, Center for Learning and Teaching and Curriculum Development at Universitas Siswa Bangsa Internasional in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has led Centres in the design and development of learning materials, faculty development and institutional research at:  Open University Malaysia (2004-2012), International Medical University (1999-2003) and University of Malaya (1987-1997).  She graduated from Northern Illinois University with post-graduate degrees in Instructional Technology and is Malaysia’s e-Learning pioneer.  She conceptualised several learning portals such as TM School Online, the first public education portal for school students, funded by Telekom Malaysia, OLIS (Online Learning Management System) for medical students and VeNUS (Virtual Education for Nursing Sciences) for the nursing students.

Professor Dr. Zalina Ismail

Professor of Neurophysiology

Coordinator of BRAINetwork and Deputy Dean of Research

School of Health Sciences

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Zalina Ismail, is Professor of Neurophysiology, and Coordinator of the BRAINetwork Centre for Neurocognitive Science at the School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She was a former Deputy Dean [Academic and Student Affairs] in the School of Medical Sciences as well as a former Deputy Dean [Research and Postgraduate Studies] and Dean of the School of Health Sciences.

Zalina Ismail is a medical doctor with a degree in law and a doctorate in neurophysiology. She lectures in physiology and is currently pursuing her Masters in Medical Law. She has been a lecturer with USM since 1981, and has been actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as well as being active in research and community work. Her research involves the neurogenetics of analgesia and the roles of c-fos and DREAM protein in the central processing of pain. She is also interested in the epigenetics of learning and memory and promotes translational research that benefits the community.

Her involvement in research is closely linked with her teaching-learning responsibilities and is focused on neurocognition and neuroplasticity in relation to learning and memory. In this context, she has been awarded one of only six highly competitive Research University Cluster Grants of RM 4 million, where her team of researchers aims to investigate the role of memory, reward-controlled learning and the neuroplasticity of the brain. In her quest to achieve this, Zalina has merged her laboratory-based research with her teaching-learning and her community oriented brain-based learning approach. Zalina is an advocate of 21st century learning principles and this is reflected in her teaching-learning and her community brain-based learning projects particularly with indigenous children. 

Zalina is a fellow of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, a committee member of the Women in World Neuroscience, International Brain Research Organisation and consultant to the Ministry of Education on a novel brain-based neuroplastic curriculum. As a visiting professor at Swinburne University, Australia her research collaboration involves affective pedagogy and neuroplasticity. She is an external examiner to local and international medical schools and is an active member of the Malaysia Quality Agency where she assesses and evaluates the curricula of local medical schools. She routinely gets the opportunity to put forward this new agenda of learning through her various talks, seminars and workshops as well as her various papers and articles for both academics and the layperson.

USM has awarded Zalina the “Anugerah Khidmat Cemerlang” three times and she has been awarded the “Anugerah Pendidik Sanjungan” twice [2002 and 2011]. Her contribution as a lecturer has also been recognised by students who consistently provide positive feedback on her teaching-learning programmes and they have also voted her as “Best Lecturer” in recognition of her contributions.

Zalina is constantly trying to further improve her teaching-learning programmes where her goal is to use current 21st century learning principles to empower her students and to encourage a love for lifelong learning. Her current project is known as “Project IMPACT [Innovative Methods in Physiology and Anatomy Curricular Transformation] where she seeks to empower both lecturers and students in an innovative learning process.

Dr. Mohd Shahril Nizam bin Shaharom

'The Future of VLE'

Sarel became interested in the field of e-learning when he volunteered to be one of the participants in an e-learning in 2004 at one of the public universities project. Then with his background of software engineering knowledge, he started seriously learn and understand how to design and integrate an e-learning with others additional technical function. His first e-learning project called diskusiMAYA (via www.diskusimaya.com) is still in use for his part time students and also developed a new e-learning environment concept for selected teacher in the MAYA project (via maya.ilusikreatif.com). Currently he is helping one of the private international university to develop their virtual learning environment platform and the focus is on how the virtual environment acts as a collaborative platform to enhance the student’s learning process.

He uses a variety of instructional design (online learning environment) and also blended learning in order to attract the attention of students to remain in the learning process throughout the semester. According to him, every engagement provided by the community (either lecturer or students) in online environment is about motivation.

Dr. Abdul Halim Sulaiman
Deputy Director, Academic Development Centre, University of Malaya

Abdul Halim Sulaiman is the Deputy Director of the Academic Development Centre (ADeC), University of Malaya in charge of e-learning.   He pioneered the use of the open source LMS Moodle in 2003 when he was a professor of environmental science at the Institute of Biological Sciences of the same university.  Being an e-learning practitioner, he uses it a lot to complement face-to-face teaching, especially for group work.  After realizing the power of e-learning in transforming the way we teach (and the way the students learn) he has never had a second thought about it.  He is also well-versed with many Web 2.0 tools, with which he likes experimenting in his teaching to allow his students collaborate more effectively.   He is also an active member of the Council of the Malaysian Public HEIs e-Learning Coordinators (MEIPTA).

Fenny Setiawan
Manager, Operations & Training, EP TEC Solutions Sdn Bhd
'Promoting Twitter in blended learning environment'

Fenny is a certified trainer for SMART Board Notebook software. She is attached with EP-TEC Solutions Sdn Bhd - the SMART Board distributor for Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei for the past six years. She graduated from the private university in Surabaya - Indonesia, She has degree in economics with Accounting major. She armed with 10 years working experience in the corporate world holding various key posts in finance and operations. After she resided in Malaysia, in year 2006, she pursued her Master degree in Instructional Technology at University of Malaya with a special interest in educational technology. With her knowledge in Instructional design, she has contributed in various training programs for Education, Human Resource Development and Cooperate sectors. She works closely with schools, universities and Ministry level to develop an instructional design for SMART Board IWB training program, she also a part time lecturer in Segi University, she teaches Technology in Education for pre service teachers. She integrates various technology tools and social media in her classroom .To her gaining new knowledge is a life-long learning process and should be shared for the benefit of other people. There is nothing can stop her to learn and share, the sky indeed is the limit.

Zaid Ali Alsagoff

E-Learning Manager International Medical University

'Becoming Creative Super Learners'

Zaid Ali Alsagoff is the e-Learning Manager and Fellow of IMU Centre for Education. He has more than ten years’ hands-on experience with implementing e-learning in higher education. He has done research in several key e-learning areas, including social media, web 2.0, open educational resources (OER), educational gaming, role-play simulation, virtual classrooms, learning (content) management systems, e-learning standards, instructional design and courseware development.  He has also been a practitioner and promoter of Open Educational Resources (OER) since 2005. According to one survey, he was ranked among the ‘Top Ten’ most influential people (2012) in the corporate e-learning sector in the Asia-Pacific. He is most known worldwide among learning professionals and educators for his learning adventure (blog) known as ‘ZaidLearn’.

Norhayati Maskat

'Nearpodage Your Students!'

Norhayati Maskat or “Nor” to most of her colleagues and friends graduated from University Malaya with a Master of Education (Science).  She used to teach Cambridge A Levels Chemistry at Taylor’s College Subang Jaya and later headed two departments - Centre for Learning and Teaching and Learning Technology Unit also at Taylor’s College Subang Jaya.  She headed the iPad initiative at Taylor’s College before she joined the Taylor’s University School of Education as a Programme Director and Senior Lecturer II. She taught Diploma in Education (Primary Education), Bachelor of Education (Primary Education ) (Hons) and Postgraduate Certificate for Higher Teaching and Learning (PgCHETL). She is currently pursuing her PhD in Instructional Technology at Asia e University (AeU).