Southeast Asian Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) 1st Task Force Meeting

The 2nd SEA-MOOCs Forum for Network Development meeting was organized by SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia from 2 to 3 November 2017 in Bali, Indonesia to support the SEAMEO Seven Agenda and the Ministers Call for Action as stated in Bandung Statement and the Action Agenda.  It will also support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly providing accessible quality education for all. The meeting attended by the representatives of Ministry of Education from Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, SEAMOLEC, INNOTECH, RETRAC, BIOTROP, RIHED as well as Open Universities (UPOU, STOU, HOU, Yangon Univ for Distance Learning) and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

The SEA MOOCS Network aims to determine the status of MOOCs and ODEL (Open and Distance Learning) programmes in Southeast Asia countries; take stock of the challenges and opportunities of using MOOCs in the Southeast Asia region to meet the SEAMEO & priority areas; create a regional MOOCs network for promoting continuous/further dialogue; and formulate strategies on how to provide a platform for SEAMEO MOOCs (SEA-MOOCs) and use it better for equitable and accessible quality education for all.

The meeting resulted the needs to form a Task Force that will develop the Term of Reference (TOR) and roadmap for the development of SEA-MOOCs in Southeast Asian region.

The two-day meeting on SEA MOOCs 1st Task Force Meeting had been conducted on 7 to 8 March, 2018 in Pattaya, Thailand. It organized by SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Sukhothai Thammatirat Open University (STOU) and Thailand Cyber University (TCU) to support the SEAMEO Seven Agenda and the Ministers Call for Action as stated in Bandung Statement and the Action Agenda.  It will also support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly providing accessible quality education for all. It convened 16 representatives from SEAMEO INNOTECH, SEAMEO RETRAC and SEAMEO SEAMOLEC; Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia; Thailand Cyber University; UPOU, Open University Malaysia, Universitas Terbuka, Hanoi Open University, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. The meeting attempts to established a task force  to work on development of SEA-MOOCs platform and activities; identifying TOR of the SEA MOOCS Network key issues that must be addressed in order to ensure that deliverables of SEA-MOOCs meet the charge; formulate proposal to synergize all MOOCs programmes in the region and use it better for equitable and accessible quality education for all; plan the roadmap and timeline in implementing the SEA-MOOCs to be ready offered to the community in Southeast Asian region.


Countries Representatives

The meeting determines the draft of Term of Reference (TOR) for the establishment of SEA-MOOCs task force and draft of 3-years action plan of the implementation of SEA-MOOCs.

The meeting started with the opening message from Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, SEAMEO Secretariat Director. He appointed MOOCs can be a venue to develop new digital workforce skills that necessary for a worker to keep up in this digital age. He emphasized MOOC also may be regarded as contributing to the democratization of higher education and can be useful in providing job-oriented training and skills development. He also highlighted the important of strategic alliance across institutions and even countries among Higher Education Institutions, Ministries, and SEAMEO in developing SEA-MOOCs particularly that suits to Southeast Asian context and offering qualified courses. He expected the contribution during the meeting would establish a strong SEA-MOOCs Network in the future as long as a starter for SEA-MOOCs Task Force to conceive the roadmap and timeline for the next 3 years.

 

Dr Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela, Deputy Director for Programme and Development SEAMEO Secretariat presented the overview of the programme and led the participant introduction session. She started by recalling back the SEA-MOOCs Network Forum conducted on 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. She also highlighted the meeting held a forum on the establishment of SEA-MOOCs Network to strengthen the consensus in higher education community about the importance and popularity of the MOOCs movement, mainly by its international scope and the opportunity to offer a diversified higher education through prestigious institutions, which even recently was only possible for a small group of people.

From the meeting it was resulted the vision and mission of SEA-MOOCs as follows:

    • Vision:  A regional network promoting leadership in massive open and online courses for learners of Southeast Asia.
    • Mission: SEAMEO MOOCS Network provide accessible, inclusive, quality innovative lifelong learning programs in Southeast Asia.

It also determined the purpose of SEA-MOOCs Task Force that serves as an ad hoc or “transitional” body that will facilitate initial initiatives until such time that SEA-MOOCS Network has been fully organized and formalized.  The Task Force agenda will be planning on development SEA-MOOCs Network platform and activities; formulating proposal/s to develop MOOCs programme regionally that incorporate cross institutional collaboration; and suggesting key activities for the next three years (2018-2020).
The forum agreed to conduct regular meeting twice a year that will be consist of Task Force Meeting and Network Meeting. The meeting could be conducted back-to-back with members’ key events or SEAMEO events and other coordination and possible meetings may be conducted virtually.
The Four possible SEA-MOOCs flagship projects also identified during the meeting to be proposed and presented in strategic lab session during UNESCO Mobile Learning Week Project 2018 on 27-28 March in UNESCO HQ Paris

Documents and photos of the meeting are available at http://bit.ly/SEAMOOC-TF1