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NUMed Students Coping with Remote Learning

Thanks to technology, the Covid-19 pandemic has not deterred university students from continuing their studies despite having to do so within the confines of their homes. For Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), sustaining academic quality by enhancing two-way communication between lecturers and students has been its top priority.

The Academic Skills Kit, for instance, was designed by NUMed’s parent campus, Newcastle University, UK, to support students’ endeavours to study effectively in an online environment. Note-taking, referencing skills, academic writing and time management are just a few examples of the topics covered to ease students’ transition to online learning. “The online resources and virtual learning platform have greatly helped me adjust to remote learning. While I am expected to take charge of my learning, I feel reassured knowing that help and guidance are just a few clicks away,” said Koh Wei Xiang, a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) student. 

The sudden shift to online learning also required lecturers to adapt quickly to the various platforms and intricacies brought about by technology-assisted learning. With support and feedback from colleagues, however, they were able to get their online classes running perfectly. “NUMed is family, not just a company where I work, and I am glad to be able to count on my colleagues’ help during these trying times,” said Dr Jhoram F. Nufable, Associate Professor for MBBS.

Dr Ma Brenda Pancho, Associate Professor and Dean of Student Affairs, related her experience of attending webinars by the university to learn how to set up online presentations. She admitted to having to experiment a lot with Zoom and Microsoft Teams recordings. “It took several practice runs for me to figure out the best way to teach my subjects. Student engagement is very important, so I make sure their learning has a mixture of activities and quizzes to keep it interesting,” she said.

The increase in workload due to increased preparation time did not dampen the educators' spirits to continue teaching. As lecturers and students become more comfortable with learning aided by technology, competent support from IT staff members has smoothened out the process even further, acknowledged Dr Michaela Louise Goodson, Dean of Research. “Innovative thinking and collaborative working groups have made this a successful endeavour.”

Considered one of Malaysia's top medical universities, NUMed provides world-class education, inculcating in students a global perspective locally. While NUMed commemorated its 10th anniversary in the country last year, its heritage can be traced back to 1834, when its parent campus, Newcastle University, UK, was established.

NUMed continues the tradition of excellence set by Newcastle University, UK, by offering undergraduate degrees in Medicine (MBBS) and Biomedical Sciences (BSc), as well as opportunities for foundation and postgraduate studies. The university’s MBBS students have the option to study in the UK in their fourth year. Similarly, NUMed’s BSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences (BMS) is a 2+1 programme, where students spend their final year engaged in an intensive research project in the UK. All the programmes of study lead to the award of the same degrees as those offered at the parent campus in the UK.

NUMed is currently accepting applications for the September intake of its Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, BMS, and MBBS.

For details, you may email admissions@newcastle.edu.my, call 07-555 3800, WhatsApp 011-1231 5411 or 012-7849456, or visit the NUMed website at www.ncl.ac.uk/numed.

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While students miss the face-to-face interactions and campus environment, online classes are connecting them to their lectures.

published on: 1 July 2020