An authority in the world of Open and
Distance Learning, Sir John, who is also
the President and Chief Executive Officer
of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), visited the
Main Campus on 5 January 2006.
Accompanied by YBhg Prof Tan Sri Datuk Dr
Anuwar Ali, President/Vice-Chancellor; YBhg
Prof Ansary Ahmed, Senior Vice-President and
YBhg Prof Dr Mansor Fadzil, Vice-President
(Technology), Sir John visited the Centre for
Instructional Design & Technology (CIDT),
Learner Service Centre (LSC) and Tan Sri Dr
Abdullah Sanusi Digital Library. He was briefed
earlier on the progress of the University.
Subsequently, OUM top management and Sir
John discussed on how to improve our delivery
system and highlighted the importance of hiring
qualified and competent tutors.
During the visit, OUM and Sir John reminisced
about the establishment of an Open University in
Malaysia. OUM has maintained good
collaboration with UK Open University (UKOU) since 1999.
Sir John had given his input in the development of
concept paper and delivery model. OUM had
consulted from UKOU to provide feedback on
quality of our modules.
OUM hopes that both institutions will maintain
close contact to further improve our delivery
system. OUM is also looking forward to Sir Johnís
visit to the campus this April. In conjunction with
the upcoming visit, a talk will be organised. The
purpose of the visit is to share knowledge on
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the
Sir John is currently at Canada-based COL, an
intergovernmental organisation that is created by
Commonwealth Heads of Government to
encourage the development and sharing of ODL
education knowledge, resources and