Education Development Center
The Education Development Center (EDC) offers a range of professional development programs
to all faculty members in the sector. The major aim of the center is to equip all faculty members
with the appropriate skills and attributes required for classroom teaching and to update the
existing faculty with emerging professional development needs. The resulting emphasis of the
professional development programs is to improve the quality of instruction and active involvement
of learners in learning. Hence EDC collaborates with educators and instructional design experts
by sourcing or creating new technologies to be used in classroom instruction.
The center has delivered its high quality programs alongside with its partners - Polytechnic
Institute New Zealand (PINZ) and German Malaysian Institute (GMI).
PINZ with its training providers from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) &
Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) have conducted series of active learning workshops
such as Teaching Learning Methods, Assessment Drives Learning and Design for Effective
Learning. Besides, the WINTEC conducted a specially tailored program for Heads of Departments
and future leaders to address strategies and challenges for RCYCI leaders.
The German Malaysian Institute provided three training programs: Problem based learning;
Project based learning and Final Year Project Management. The programs suit to the rising
needs of 21st century students that expose the faculty members to instructional methods in
which students learn through facilitated problem solving and managing projects assigned to
students. In addition, the EDC offers Just-in-time workshops and seminars relevant to teaching
and learning conducted by local and international experts.
The management of the Education Development Center intends to invite teaching & learning
experts from inland and abroad to share their experiences with a view to benefitting the teaching
community at large. In the future the center is launching relevant online learning programs to be
offered to the entire faculty members.
The Educational Development Center has provided a comprehensive and pro-active platform for RCYCI teachers to have wide-ranging professional opportunities for self-reflection and professional growth. Training programs were compatible with emerging educational issues, especially in terms of investigating the teacher’s role in the learning environment. The training sessions at the EDC have been practical and cover a wide range of educational issues, with student - centered learning at the core. I could attend valuable training sessions ranging from Teaching Learning Methods, MOOCS, Assessment, PBL and much more. Particularly, PBL (Problem Based learning) workshop has enthused me with more professional spirit, appropriate skills and student-centered practices. Every activity of the EDC has been a rewarding experience for me.
I had the chance to attend two training workshops offered by the EDC: Envisioning and Leadership & Management workshop. I believe that these courses helped me widen the scope of knowledge in my core business area that is teaching. I found these courses have filled multiple gaps and have pushed me in the direction of improving the teaching process. Besides these courses have offered me academic tools and have shaped my leadership values. I will be able to experiment these techniques in order to involve the students in their learning. Immediately after taking these courses, I had the chance to implement these concepts in my courses. I am confident that this will have a noticeable and positive impact on my students, as well as on my career.The EDC management and staff are focused in their business of delivering professional development programs to the entire RCYCI faculty staff.
The Education Development Centre (EDC) of RCYCI is a first class centre for the provision of short courses, workshops and specialised program purposedesigned to support professional development and training within the colleges and institutes and to provide customised training to local industry. It has access to excellent facilities and materials, and utilises international expertise to design and facilitate its programs. The EDC is very well led by the centre’s head together with a small team of experienced and specialised staff, who provide expert guidance and support to ensure that the centre’s program runs effectively