MPI Principal Stresses Importance Of Human Interaction In Teaching, Learning
SIBU: Human interaction is still important for general well-being as well as better teaching and learning outcome contrary to the notion that online teaching and working from home will be the future, Methodist Pilley Institute (MPI) principal cum CEO Hii King Kai deliberated on this in his speech during MPI graduation ceremony at Methodist Wei Kuok Hall here yesterday morning.
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Hii said he had bonded with some 30 students during a recent two-week retreat at Bukit Lan compared to a whole semester of teaching macro-economics online six hours a week for seven weeks last year, he hardly knew any of his students on a personal level.
“This past three weeks with all students back in campus, I got to know students in my class much better though we only spend three hours a week together,” he stated.
He went on to say that the pandemic has forced people to maintain existing relationships online but it is inadequate to form new meaningful relationship virtually.
Studies in 2015 concluded that the biggest drawback of e-learning was the absence of essential personal interaction among fellow learners and also between instructors and learners,” he added.
Hii advised the graduands to relearn the skills of being human and a wholesome person by practicing the nine-graduate attributes for success in their future pursuit.
These attributes are work skills; entrepreneurship and management skills; ethical values and civil responsibilities; engaged global citizen; personal development; effective communication; interpersonal skills, creative and critical thinking and leadership.
Accounting graduands were encouraged to return to MPI for ACCA studies and marketing graduates were encouraged to attend workshops and short courses.