ePKhas for special education teachers

PENANG (Bernama): Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has introduced the first open-access online multimedia learning objects repository to support the teaching and learning processes of students with special needs in Malaysia.

Known as “ePKhas”, the project was designed by USM’s researcher Asso Prof Dr Lee Lay Wah from the School of Educational Studies, specifically to provide a platform and a collaborative network among teachers, especially those in the field of special education, to seek and find multimedia sources to be used for their teaching methods.

“ePKhas will function as a teaching aid for the special education teachers in the teaching and learning processes of children with Down Syndrome and autism,” she told reporters today.

She said ePKhas contained dynamic teaching sources which were relevant to the local culture and could be modified according to the students’ needs.

“Among the teaching sources available in the ePKhas were lesson plans to enable the students to identify the alphabets, spell the words and read a short article using visual graphic, animation, interactive multimedia, images and work sheets according to their level of capacity,” she said.

Lee said these teaching sources could be accessed and downloaded by registered individuals for free.

“Teachers, parents or individuals who would like to use this application need only register as a member at http://epkhas.ses.usm.my,” she said.

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