Teaching Awards We take pride in the fact that our lecturers are enthusiastic and passionate about passing on their expertise to the next generation. We keep our finger on the pulse of the market and continually engage with our respective professional networks to craft industry-ready graduates. To maintain high standards in our teaching, the Teaching Award seeks to recognise outstanding lecturers who have embodied these qualities in the past year. Teaching Award Winners 2019 HIJJAZ HAMIDI BIN ABDUL AZIZ Mr. Hijjaz Hamidi bin Abdul Aziz is from the School of Communication and Creative Arts. He graduated with a Master of Art and Design (Visual Communication & New Media) from Universiti Teknologi Mara. In 19 August 2013, he joined KDU University College as a Lecturer. Prior to his attachment with the institution, he was devoted in his professional engagement for 6 years. He started his career as a Graphic Designer and moved on to be a Brand and Social Media Executive during his stint in the media industry. For the 2019 Teaching Award, Hijjaz shone in his approach to using toys for animations, re-enacting films for instagram stories, coding games, site map and practical experiments. AISWARYAH A/P LAGALINGAM Ms. Aiswaryah A/P Lagalingam is from the American Degree Program Department. She graduated with a Master of Social Science (Anthropology and Sociology) from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She began her profession as a Tutor with a language academy upon graduation. After she worked as Tutor for a year, she joined KDU College in 23 May 2016 as a Lecturer. She was particularly impressive in the way she used badges regularly on OpenLearning to motivate her students. Her creative methods go beyond her intention to motivate and encourage her students. Her highest priority is to ensure her students are able to sustain knowledge and skills in their daily application in life. MOHD ZAMIRUL BIN MOHD DZAKI Mr. Mohd Zamirul bin Mohd Dzaki is from the Centre for Pre-University Studies. He graduated with a Master of Social Science (Political Science) from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and started his career as a devoted part time reporter. Six years later in 2011, he jumped into the academic field as a Malaysia Studies lecturer. On 2nd September 2013, he joined KDU University College as a lecturer and was appointed as a Program Leader for MPU courses in 2018. Mohd Zamirul was awarded the 2019 Teaching Award due to his great ability to engage students in his large lecture-style classes and in his use of blended learning to make MPU classes more interesting. Teaching Award Winners 2018 AIDORA BINTI ABDULLAH Aidora from School of Computing and Creative Media, UOW Malaysia KDU University College introduced gamification in teaching and learning. That sparked positive response from the students and they enjoyed her teaching style very much. HEMA A/P MADHAVAN Hema was a former academic from School of Pre-University Studies, UOW Malaysia KDU College . She is now attached to Teaching & Learning Centre. She has introduced creative technology in her classroom. Her approach has garnered better understanding among her students and it is indeed an achievement in terms of teaching methodology. CHENG CHUN YI, SUMIKO Sumiko Cheng is from the Hospitality and Tourism Department and teaches subjects on tourism and personal development skills. She is very passionate about Blended Learning and uses different types of digital tools to enhance her teaching and to engage the students in their learning. She continually looks out for and tries new and better tools to incorporate into her teaching. Her knowledge and expertise in Blended Learning has enabled Sumiko to conduct various workshops for both lecturers and secondary school teacher on the use of technology in teaching & learning. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) and a Wakelet Ambassador in Malaysia. With such enthusiasm and passion in teaching, she is much loved by her students, and she consistently garners very good teaching evaluation from the students. Teaching Award Winners 2017 KAREN LEE MEI-WEI Karen has been teaching in the KDU American Degree Program for more than 9 years and has endeared herself to her students through her innovative teaching methodology and personality. Leaning on her background in Business and English, she taught Critical Thinking and Reading Skills, Introduction to Business, Human Resource Management and Marketing; all the while preparing her students for the rigours and cultural expectations of living and studying in the US based on her extensive experience during her time stateside. She always strives to leave an impact on her students and inculcate independent learning skills to enrich their study experience. TIMOTHY CHAN LIEM JOE Timothy has been a joy for Communication students in SCCA for the past five years and has had a major impact moulding students in his field of expertise. Utilizing his skills in Public Relations and Advertising, Timothy teaches a broad range of subjects at Bachelor and Diploma level, focusing on Principles of Advertising, Strategic Brand Management, Media Relations, and Photo Communication. An avid photographer and videographer, many students in SCCA lean on his experience to hone their own skills based on his tutelage. He always seeks to infuse his big personality into his teaching and build well rounded students who are ready for the challenges of the PR industry. DR. ONG SONG-QUAN Song-Quan teaches GCE A-level Biology. With a strong interest in research and hands-on experience, he has published numerous conference papers and started a problem-based learning project – CPUS Research Symposium. In this project, students are able to apply and contextualize the topics they have learned from the syllabus, thereby inspiring them to seek the appropriate pathway that they intend to pursue. Song-Quan constantly promotes both explicit and implicit learning amongst his students, in which learning would not only be a conscious process – for example in the classroom – but may also be acquired from the unconscious processes, for example through daily activities such as using social networking.