KDU e-Community Network
Jonhendro, Goh Bee Ching, Rohazna Wahab, Wang Meei Leng, Jimmy Tan Lip Aun, Eugene Yeoh, Oon Hock, W.K Koo
Internet and Higher Education Volume 4, Number 3, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
The democratization of education has brought forth an unprecedented demand for education by the masses, especially at the tertiary level. However, the availability of education is hampered by limited resources to provide pervasive and effective teacher–student interaction, changing lifestyle patterns, changing expectations of the students, and the problems associated with the great urban–rural divide and nonuniform access. The problem of availability of education is compounded by the tide of globalization and the Internet that demands not only high efficiency but also competitive delivery of services and goods in all sectors of our economy, including education. Education is not immune to these current trends. It is imperative that education institutions rise up to the challenge in meeting the demand of a more discerning, discriminating, mobile, and selective student population. It is imperative that education institutions reconsider the necessary ingredients to make learning effective, relevant, and fun for the students. Our company, Kolej Damansara Utama (KDU), has embarked on an education experiment begun almost 3 years ago to implement a student-centered, teacher-facilitated, Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-enabled and knowledge-based initiative. The goal of this experiment has been to create an active learning environment, and to promote learning for our students. The knowledge ecosystem, comprising students, teachers, administrators, parents, partner institutions, employers, and the community at large, forms the KDU e-Community Network (KCN). The KCN enables passive, interactive, collaborative, and constructive learning to take place as long as the stakeholder has a connection to the Internet.
Jonhendro, Ching, G.B., Wahab, R., Leng, W.M., Aun, J.T.L., Yeoh, E., Hock, O. & Koo, W.K. (2001). KDU e-Community Network. Internet and Higher Education, 4(3), 317-328. Elsevier Ltd.