Question 1 (10 %)
Demonstrating Collaborative Skills
As discussed in Topic 8 of your module, collaborative skills involve knowledge, skills and attitudes/values/ethics.
- Participate collaboratively with your coursemates based on the discussion topic.
- Read the articles in the attached links:
(1) Why is it difficult for public university graduates to get a job compared to IPTS? https://afterschool.my/articles/why-is-it-difficult-for-public-university-graduates-to-get-jobs-compared-to-private-university-graduates-
(2) Kenapa Graduan Universiti Awam Sukar Dapat Kerja Berbanding IPTS?
- Discussion Topic:
Do you think higher education still prepare people for job? Why?
- Your post will be evaluated based on:
i. Your critical thinking and critical analysis on the discussion topic.
ii. Be mindful to apply the collaborative skills that you have learned in Topic 8 while participating collaboratively. Do show that you have the right knowledge, skills and attitudes/values/ethics in your collaborative efforts.
iii. You are required to post at least ONE (1) posting on your views of the discussion topic.
iv. You are also required to post at least ONE (1) posting of comments on your coursemate’s posting. This posting should be directed to a coursemate’s posting with his/her name displayed. You need to discuss what you agree with and what you disagree with in that posting.
- Example 1, you may agree and disagree with some of the comments made by coursemate A, you may write your agreement and disagreement in ONE (1) posting.
- Example 2, you may agree with your coursemate A and you may disagree with your coursemate B, meaning you will be responding in 2 different postings, where posting to coursemate A will be about agreement and posting to coursemate B will be about disagreement.
v. Screenshots of the forum discussion (post), where you are seen participating collaboratively in the forum discussions.
- The screenshots should contain the Title of the discussion, your Name, Day, Date and Time.
- Indicate the elements of knowledge, skills and attitudes/values/ethics by labelling them in the screenshots.
Question 2 (5 %)
Assess Your Communication Skills
As discussed in Topic 7 of your module, communication skills involve speaking, listening, writing and reading effectively.
- How good are your communication skills?
- Take the ‘Communication Quiz’ available at the following link
- For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be).
- Write a report. Include the following in your report (150 – 200 words):
- Screenshot of your score and the score interpretation.
- Reflect: What have you learned from this communication skills task?
- Use your critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve the following problem.
Samila is a mother of three children. Her husband works in China. He only returns home various times during the year. Samila looks after their two daughters and a son. She also has to care for her mother-in-law. She is lucky that she can leave her children with her mother-in-law when goes for work. Samila has no formal education and she sells vegetables at the village bus stop. She earns very little money, but even so, it makes an important contribution to the running of her household. She wishes she knew how to sew clothes, because then perhaps she would be able to make more money. There are jobs for domestic workers in town. However, she thinks that selling vegetables is better than leaving her children behind in the village to work as a domestic worker in town.
In your opinion, what are Samila’s problems? How could she solve these problems?
- Write a report. Include the following in your report (350 – 400 words):
- Consider All Factors – List the different issues Samila should consider in making decisions for solving her problem.
- Reasoning – Make a decision for Samila and explain why that is a good decision for her. Feel free to make up the various circumstances in Samila’s life — for example, whether Samila may attend some sewing classes or other courses to improve her skills. The more reasons you give for her decision, the better.
- Reflect: What is the critical thinking and reasoning process you have applied to make the decision for Samila?
Question 4 (10 %)
Demonstrate Creativity and Innovative Skills
As discussed in Topic 5 of your module, creativity is related to “imagination” and innovation is related to “implementation”.
- Let’s practice being creative and innovative. Identify or try to include elements/ideas which can be something you have done for your courses, while studying, at home, at the workplace or elsewhere as follows:
- ONE (1) element/idea that can be considered as creative
- ONE (1) innovative element/idea.
- Write a report. Include the following in your report (350 – 400 words):
- What is the element/idea for creativity? Why do you consider it creative?
- What is the element/idea for innovation? Why do you consider it as innovation?
- Reflect: How would you be more creative?
Question 5 (10 %)
Demonstrate Digital Literacy
As discussed in Topic 4 of your module, digital literacy encompasses ICT literacy, information literacy, media literacy and digital learning or technology-enhanced learning.
- As a student, you will be required to use information communication technology (ICT). Let’s explore the digital skills through these activities:
- Access content and learning tools in the myINSPIRE, the learning management system (LMS) at Open University Malaysia.
- Search and evaluate the information on the topic of “Plastic Pollution” in the Google Search engine.
- Access, analyse and evaluate TWO (2) media (tv, video, magazine, blog, print, etc.) that provides information on the topic of “Plastic Pollution”.
- Write a report using a table format. Include the following in your report (350 – 400 words):
- Technology-Enhance Learning: Use a table format, list down FIVE (5) tools and their respective functions that are available in myINSPIRE.
- Information Literacy: Screenshot the information that you have found on “Plastic Pollution”. Use a table format, evaluate the information on the following criteria: authority, objectivity, reliability, and coverage.
- Media Literacy: Provide images or links of the TWO (2) media that you have accessed related to the topic of “Plastic Pollution”. Analyse the content. Use a table format, evaluate the media on the following criteria: authority, objectivity, reliability, and coverage.
Question 6 (15 %)
Awareness of Global Citizenship Education and Environmental Challenges
As discussed in Topic 9 of your module, Global Citizenship Education (GCE) is about empowering you in building a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure society. While in Topic 10, you re-evaluate your position in the environment by discovering the environment, its benefits and the importance of conserving it.
- Read up about the benefits of Global Citizenship Education in resolving environmental issues based on the THREE (3) domains of learning, namely cognitive, socio-emotional and behaviour.
- Write an essay. Discuss how you can benefit from Global Citizenship Education in resolving “Plastic Pollution” issues based on the THREE (3) domains of learning, namely cognitive, socio-emotional and behaviour.
- Include the following in your essay (500 – 600 words, 2 – 3 pages only):
- Introduction – Provide an overview of what is Global Citizenship Education (GCE) and how you can benefit from it.
- Effects of GCE on “Plastic Pollution”– How have the THREE (3) domains of learning of GCE brought benefit to you in resolving the “Plastic Pollution” issue?
- Conclusion – Summarise and conclude your essay.
- References & In-text Citation – Cite the references and in-text citation according to the APA Citation Style.
Answers to Above Questions
Answer Q1: An analysis of the current situation of graduates indicates that the majority of the students from private universities have better chances of getting a job as compared to public university graduates in Malaysia. This is mainly because the courses offered in the public universities do not meet up the requirements of current job market conditions, and there is lack of strategic networking and industrial partnership within public universities in Malaysia and this has resulted in a lower level of recruitment from public universities compared to private one. In addition to this, it is also evaluated that the students in public universities have limited exposure to English language which results in poor English language proficiency among students. This is also an important criteria for low level of employment within public universities compared to private ones in Malaysia…………..
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