In conjunction with the conduct of entrepreneurship in science education workshop (February 2017), LeSMaT project team members were involved in the development of curriculum integrating components to promote entrepreneurialship skills. The following activities were also conducted recently and are proposed to be undertaken to further complete/refine and promote the LeSMaT (Borderless) project initiative at various stages:
i. The review of ODL modules were made between May to September before the editing workshop from 10 to 13 October 2016 (CSF 2/2016) as well as refinement of curriculum from 15 to 19 May 2017. A workshop on Edmodo and/or introduction to LAMS was also scheduled to be conducted (26 October) as one of the activity in conjunction with the 4th International Conference on ESD (4th ICESDev) with the theme: “Collaboration and Linkages: Keys for Global Educational Inclusion for Sustainability”(25-27 October). The book entitled “‘Learning Science and Mathematics Together’ (LeSMaT) in a borderless world using technology” was also successfully published (2016/17) and served as guide for educators who wish to participate in CSA competition 2017.
ii. Facilitators who are mostly in-service teachers attended the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Training of Trainers (TOT) programmes following the guide in the ODL module may choose any one or more of the suggested blended learning tools to promote students’ networking online exchange activities. These include ‘Learning Activities Management Systems’ (LAMS), 1BestariNet Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and other digital and/or video conferencing tools that are suggested for networking such as Edmodo, Facebook (FB), WhatsApp, Skype, Webinar, to name a few. This additional values-added initiative is in line with the SEAMEO Education Agenda or priority area No. 5 “Revitalising Teacher Education”.
iii. Students guided by teachers as part of their co-curriculum activities are also expected to produce research data and/or evidence-based learning output that can be in the form of e-portfolio, project/research report, posts/responses to e-forum, online quiz and/or e-survey, to name a few. With the official approval granted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Malaysia since 20 April 2017, Malaysian primary and secondary students participating in LeSMaT (Borderless) project initiative will also be rewarded withco-curriculum marks at various levels of participation.
iv. Educational partners from SEAMEO Member Countries and beyond will be encouraged to pilot the revised LeSMaT curriculum, possibly conduct programmes for ‘Training of Trainers’ (abbreviated as LeSMaTOT) and ‘Teaching incorporating Technology’ (abbreviated as LeSMaTIT)(Refer Glossary). These activities could be planned further to enhance numerous skills in using ODL modules developed that promote CPD of teachers who are expected to facilitate students’ networking activities through LeSMaT (Borderless) project initiative.
v. RECSAM with the guidance of SEAMEO Secretariat will source out funds from donor-agencies and international organizations to support implementation of the aforementioned new initiatives [e.g. LeSMaTOT, LeSMaTIT and LearnT-SMArET (to be piloted after the workshop from 14 to 17 August 2017)] incorporating R&D activities. Further refinement of LeSMaT ODL module(CSF 3/2017) would also be recommended taking into consideration OER/copyright issues and the Common Core Regional Learning Standards (CCRLS) developed through SEA-BES project initiative (Refer Framework in Appendix or SEABES related link).