Biography

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ZALEHA ABDULLAH
Deputy Director,
Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), UTMLead,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM),
81310 UTM Johor Bahru, Johore
MALAYSIA
Phone: 607 – 5537885, Fax: 607-5537860
E-mail: zac@utm.my

I arrived in the Higher Education with experience of different field, in my case I had previously worked as a graphic designer before join the School of Education. As a lecturer, I was assigned to teach design and technology programs to the undergraduate and postgraduate teachers. I was concern with the students’ lack of enthusiasm towards learning design and developing technological teaching aids. I sought to change students perception towards the importance of design and the crucial process of implementing strategic educational models.

My research focus on developing educators’ and also Higher Education students’ creativity in design and developing technological online teaching aids such as website and educational videos. I favour innovative apprenticeship method e.g., through online collaboration with professional in the industry, worldwide.

I graduated with a Ph.D in Education (Distance & Online Learning) at University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; MA in Design (Visual Communication) at Monash University, Australia; and BA in Art & Design (Graphic Advertising) at MARA University of Technology, Malaysia.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

Year Attended : 2008-2011
Award Received:  Ph.D
Field : Distance and Online Learning
Name of Institution : University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Year Attended : 2004-2005
Award Received : Master of Design
Field : Visual Communication
Name of Institution : Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Year Attended : 1997-2000
Award Received : Bachelor of Art & Design (Hons)
Field : Graphic Advertising
Name of Institution : Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

WORK EXPERIENCE/RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT HISTORYS

Present Position: Lecturer
Length of Service:23 November 2005 until now
Employer : Department of Educational Multimedia, Faculty of Education, University Teknologi Malaysia

Previous Position:Tutor
Employer : Department of Educational Multimedia, Faculty of Education, University Teknologi Malaysia
Length of Service : 23 November 2002 to 22 November 2005

Present Position : Graphic Designer
Length of Service: Sime Coating, Sime Darby
Employer : August1999 to November 2002

MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESIONAL SOCIETY/ASSOCIATION

Organization Name : Majlis E-Learning IPTA Malaysia (MEIPTA)
Position : Deputy chairman
Period : August 2015 – 2016
Level : National

Organization Name : MIT BLOSSOMS
Position : Manager   https://blossoms.mit.edu/about_us/people
Period : January 2013 until now
Level : International

Organization Name : Creative Technology Research Group (CITE)
Position : Committee Member
Period : January 2012 until now
Level : University

Organization Name : The Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE)
Position : Committee Member
Period : 2008 until now
Level : International

Organization Name : Persatuan Teknologi Penididikan Malaysia (PTPM)
Position : Committee Member
Period : 2006 until now
Level : National

Organization Name : Caribbean Educators Network: http://www.caribbeaneducatorsnetwork.com/

Position : Committee Member
Period : July 2010 until now
Level : International

 

AWARD AND HONORS RECEIVED

Year 2016

  • Teaching Award (Social science category) – 31.05.2016
  • Speaker – The Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC 2016) Conference, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. “Technology Enabled Education” http://linc2016.mit.edu/program/speakers/ – 24.05.2016
  • Appointed as a Comittee member: Implementation of Gamification in Malaysia Public Universities – 25.07.2016 until now
  • Appointed as the Executive Chairperson: International University Carnival on e-Learning 2016 (IUCEL) – 1.12.2015 until 31.12.2016
  • MoA with OpenLearning – 20.09.2016
  • Appointed as an expert by the Ministry of Education (MOE) for the implementation of Malaysia STEM Videos – 17.08.2016 until now
  • Initiated collaboration with Petrosains and NGO – Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative (MCII): UTM-MIT BLOSSOMS Project – 22.04.2016

Year 2015

  • Shortlisted in The Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015 – 21.10.2015
  • Distinguished Service Award/ Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang (APC) -10.06.2105
  • Gold medal at I-PHEX 2015 Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo – 6.08.2015
  • Appointed as the Deputy Chairman: The Malaysian e-Learning Council for Public Universities (MEIPTA) – 1.09.2015 until now
  • Organizer for the UTM-MIT BLOSSOMS Seminar at the Ancasa Hotels & Resorts, Kuala Lumpur (200 participation from UTM and MoE ) – 7.10.2015
  • Appointed as the Deputy Director: Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTM Academic Leadership (UTMLead) – 01.06.2015 until now.
  • Presenter at the at the 2015 International Conference on Education (ICOED), Aston Kuta, Bali – 2 until 4.06.2015
  • Presenter at The IEEE International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering (LaTiCE), National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Taiwan – 9 until 12.04.2015

Year 2014

  • National e-Learning Award (Creative & Interactive (Video Lessons) at the National University Carnival on E-Learning (NUCEL) 2014 – 14.11.2014
  • Gold Medal: Invention, Innovation And Design On E-Learning (IIDEL) at the National University Carnival on E-Learning (NUCEL) 2014 – 14.11.2014
  • Presenter at the ICEED 2014, 6th IEEE International Conference on Engineering Education, Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. – 9 until 10.12.2014
  • MIT Recognition: UTM BLOSSOMS (Malaysia) as the best among 11 countries partners.
  • Trained more than 500 teachers and UTM lecturers to develop Blossoms’ lessons.
  • Performed service Learning: Implementation of Blossoms in schools.
  • Appointed as a committee member: International Conference on LaTiCE 2014 in conjunction with RCEE & RHEd – 11 until 13.04.2014.

Year 2013

  • Appointed as the UTM-MIT BLOSSOMS Manager: Centre for Teaching and Learning, UTM Academic Leadership (UTMLead) – 01.01.2013 until 31.05.2015
  • Developed and published the first BLOSSOMS video from Malaysia “Is There A Connection Between Computer Network Topologies And A Malaysian Wedding?” – 13.09.2013
  • Appointed as IRU-MRU Organizing committee – 7.11.2013
  • Contribution to the UTM Webomatric – 1.01.2013

Year 2012 

  • Appointed as the Programme Coordinatior: MPP/PPP Educational Technology – 1.06.2012 until 31.12.2012
  • Appointed as a Project Leader for the “Program Transformasi Masyarakat Melalui ICT”, Pasir Gudang Community – 19.05.2012