Education Through Multimedia

Overview

Education is one of IMU Cares’ key programmes. It is important for IMU staff and students to impart knowledge and skills to the community in an effective manner. The traditional approach using face-to-face sessions or workshops, though effective, has its limitations of reach to a wider audience. The use of multimedia to complement the traditional approach will not only enable a wider reach, but also result in more innovative methods of delivery.

There are many educational materials out there that are available. However, after reviewing some of these materials, they were not catered towards the rural-poor communities who are less educated. Hence, it is important to create educational materials that are focused towards educating the marginalised communities. This can be done through audio-visual multimedia in three languages (English, Bahasa Malaysia, and Mandarin), which would focus more on the pictorial aspect of conveying messages.

One way to expand our reach to various communities, we will publish educational videos and animations on our IMU Cares and IMU Msia YouTube channels.

As of now, IMU Cares has prepared a number of educational topics. These topics were selected after analysing the common key issues that are experienced by our community partners. These include:

  1. Care of the Elderly
  2. Head Lice Infestation
  3. First Aid Handbook
  4. Anti-littering
  5. Cataract
  6. Good Sitting Posture
  7. Reproductive Health
  8. Scabies
  9. Oral Hygiene
  10. Dengue Awareness
  11. Malnutrition
  12. Hand Washing
  13. Road Safety
  14. Safety at Home

Objectives

Kids

  • To facilitate the delivery of educational content to the communities through multimedia.
  • To produce multilingual educational materials through direct involvement of corporate and academic staff in IMU.
  • To work together with other multimedia institutes to develop various multimedia methods for content delivery.

Target Audience

  • Caregivers and teachers of various underprivileged centres including children’s homes, old folks’ homes, schools, learning centres with refugee children, mixed welfare homes, and NGOs.

 

IMU Cares Integration with MPU (U4) Module

Many student groups have been conducting community service projects at existing IMU Cares Community Partners as part of their MPU (U4) project. Find below the list of activities that students can undertake as part of their MPU (U4) project. Some of the topics already have videos or animations, but further enhancement and translations are still needed. Each student group may select one of the following topics and activities:

    Topic & Key Person:

    1. Care of the Elderly – Ms Chang Woan Ching
    2. Head Lice Infestation – Mdm Leela Chellamuthu
    3. First Aid Handbook – Dr Ranjit De Alwis
    4. Anti-littering – Dr Haresh Kumar Kantilal
    5. Good Sitting Posture – Dr Cheryl Ng Yan Yen
    6. Safety at Home – Prof Ong Kok Hai
    7. Road safety – Dr Wong Nyet Kui

    Activities:

  1. Prepare an educational material
    Select one of the topics that have not been prepared and create an educational material in text and images. These educational materials should cater towards the laymen and the lesser educated communities. Any explanations should be simplified, and jargons should either be explained or avoided entirely.
  2. Produce a video or animation
    Select one of the topics listed above that have been prepared and produce an audio-visual material with multilingual subtitles. These multimedia materials should be simple and concise, to engage the audience and deliver the message effectively.
  3. Enhance and translate existing educational video or animation
    Select one of the videos or animations from our IMU Cares and IMU Msia YouTube channels that need video-enhancement and translations into other relevant languages. The translations should be simplified for the general public, and jargons should either be explained or avoided.

Project Details

If you are interested to know more or have any enquiries on this project, kindly drop an email to the project leaders below.

Key Project: Education through Multimedia
Project Leader: Dr Danial Rizzal Sukor
Email: danialrizzal@imu.edu.my
External Partners: Multimedia University, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia

Serving the community is a manifestation of the University's core values but also as part of experiential learning, generally, a very effective form of learning - Walking the Talk.

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