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Bebas - A self-organized Autonomous Teaching and Learning system

Initiated a sprint to validate the idea of transforming education

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Bebas will be built as a system to access and curate an abundance of education resources providing teachers and students to self-organize and self-manage for their teaching, learning and assessment.  

Bebas will provide a one-stop infomediary services to Teachers in supporting them in role model teaching in terms of teaching strategies and resources.

Bebas will enable personalized learning for the Students group.  Bebas will also enable peer-to-peer learning opportunities within the communities made up of teachers, students, parents, neighbourhoods.

Our initiative implementation will be rolled out in phases, and our current scope will be to develop the Teachers services only.  Bebas is aimed at empowering teachers to make their own decisions on the appropriate quality and relevant teaching materials to enhance student learning experience.  We hope that the teachers will make bold changes and not to be subjected to the contents set by education authority.

We will require a way to identify relevant and quality teaching resources for ease of access by the teachers.  Teachers will then be able to use, review and rate the resources.  The independent review and rating system will provide teachers with a starting point of reference in their search for resources.

The teachers will also be able to leverage these resources in their classroom teaching should their schools be allowed to open post lockdown.  These resources should be made available offline providing students who do not have access to internet services with equal access to quality learning materials.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Many studies revealed that our education system is not relevant to the needs of the future workplace. Our teaching, learning and assessment strategies and contents are outdated. Many school systems, especially public schools are bound by the restricted education systems and curriculum. Most schools have been forced to move to teaching online due to Covid-19 disruptions. However, many contents sanctioned by the education authority are not readily available online. Teachers are frustrated not being empowered to find the right alternative teaching resources to transition to effective online learning. Teachers are also faced with a lot of challenges in creating and maintaining new online contents. Students and parents are equally disoriented by the interrupted learning and assessment. The proposed idea to provide teachers with a platform to feel empowered to have easy access to quality and relevant resources to enhance their teaching strategies and contents.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I was involved in the Malaysian Education Transformation Blueprint in 2012.  Due to the involvement, I learned a lot about challenges faced by policy makers, education experts, teachers, students and parents.  I am glad that the blueprint is still being implemented and it is not easy and it takes time.  I therefore proposed this idea with the view of inspiring our teachers and students (subsequently) to take charge of their teaching, learning and assessment.  Liberating teachers and students to self organize and self manage and not to over-rely on the authorities.

What region are you located in?

  • South-eastern Asia

Where are you located?

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Bebas Idea Overview-compressed.pdf

The overview of the idea


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Photo of Peter Worth

Thank you, Carol for your post. I really appreciate your focus on transforming education to prepare students for current and future conditions. I also appreciate your starting point of empowering teachers. I am interested to hear what you learn about how to support teachers this shift in their practice, what resources they find most impactful, what aspects of the learning community they value, etc. Thank you!

Photo of Carol Wong

Hi Peter, Thank you very much for your kind comments. Our idea was to focus on teaching materials that complement the current teaching resources used by the teachers in classroom teaching. We also learned that for this purpose, we will need to ensure the resources identified are age appropriate. Based on the initial feedback obtained, we learned that we will focus on primary level education (age 7 to 12 years old) and subjects on English, Maths and Science. Teachers are also looking for teaching strategies and techniques that they can learn and apply. We would like to empower teachers to use these resources in their online or offline (classroom) teaching, and that they are not restricted to the resources made available to them by the schools. Hope these responses address some of your queries. We are still exploring on the areas to focus on. We learned that it will not be possible for us to cover all topics of learning. Thank you again for your questions.