Technology in higher education can transform the teaching and learning processes beyond the normal transmission of knowledge, by teaching facts and concepts as content knowledge, to acquiring skills of interacting, applying, evaluating, creating new knowledge and problem-solving. Hence, it is important for lecturers to be well-equipped with Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) since integrating appropriate technology tools in the teaching and learning process can contribute significantly to the effectiveness of instruction and pedagogy, and hence, students’ learning.
As an initial step, Dr Tharani Loganathan from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine has demonstrated her skills and competencies in TPACK by integrating collaborative learning tools such as Padlet (interactive wall for brainstorming), Kahoot (game-based assessment) and also video presentation in her lesson on Public Health Laws.
From the observation, the students seem to be very engaged and enjoyed the whole session. They had more opportunity for collaboration to share ideas, thoughts and opinion among peers. Dr Tharani looking forward to incorporating more technology effectively into her teaching at the same time improving her TPACK.
Written by: Vinothini Vasodavan, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education (Instructional Technology), University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur