WS12: COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING
This session is a sharing from multiple experts coming across the world, sharing their journey and best-practices in their pioneering Service Learning (SL) practices. Associate Professor Dr. Kartinah Zen from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak will share both the exciting experiences and challenges in administering the SL Program. It will be a sharing of their success story on managing community projects with villages and schools throughout Sarawak and also the joint program with VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In a pursuit for resilience building our partners from CORNELL university, Professor Dr. Shorna Allred and Ms Amy Somchanhmavong will share community and student insights gained from the Global Citizenship and Sustainability program, which has thrived on community-based research, global citizenship, teamwork, cross-cultural learning, and civic and social responsibility. The sharing session from Associate Professor Dr. Tariq Zaman from University College of Technology Sarawak will highlight a reflective model starting with the following probing questions: By using What? So What? Now What? In his presentation, he will share the practice of designing shared dialogical spaces for transcultural and transdisciplinary Service-Learning practices in Borneo. Associate Professor Dr. Tan Chong Eng will next come in to discuss the project on PlayLab, a trendy innovative pop-up lab for STEM education that showcases new ideas through research and innovations. The building process of PlayLab acts as a great community-based service-learning platform for developing resilience among university community of diverse expertise to take part, work in a team and to practice what they have learned.
A.P. Dr Shorna Alfred
Shorna Allred, Ph.D.
Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment &
Dept. of Global Development
Shorna Allred is a Professor in the Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Dept. of Global Development at Cornell University. She also holds a core faculty appointment in Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program and is a Visiting Professor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. A conservation social scientist, Dr. Allred teaches and conducts research in the areas of global sustainability, conservation behavior, community resilience, and environmental justice with particular interest in social dimensions of climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is passionate about engaging students in community-based work and leads a global service-learning program, Global Citizenship and Sustainability Borneo, which is focused on indigenous community resilience in Southeast Asia. Dr. Allred was the awarded the 2018 Engaged Scholar Prize and the 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.
A.P. Dr Tariq Zaman
Tariq Zaman earned his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Creative Media University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia. Before joining UCTS in 2019, he was attached to UNIMAS as a Ph.D. scholar, Post-doctoral Fellow, and Lecturer. In April 2017, he joined a position of Professorship (W2) in the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin for a year.
His research interests include Indigenous Knowledge Management (Governance), Community-based Co-design (HCI), Rural ICT, Community Informatics and ICT4D. Dr. Tariq projects and research publications equally reflect the multiple voices of indigenous wisdom and cultural understanding by converging local, scientific, traditional and cultural knowledge. He has made significant contributions in the areas such as co-designing technologies for cultural heritage management, visual interfaces designing, developing interaction protocols for researchers working with indigenous communities and developing service-learning curriculum for undergraduate HCI programs. In addition to his contributions in basic research, he has successfully led industry collaborations with major telecom companies in Malaysia and has 3 commercialised projects.
His research is a recipient of numerous local and international awards including IFIP Brian Shackel, SIGCHI Best of CHI Honorable Mention, IFIP Interaction Design for International Development, APICTA, PECIPTA, iENA and UNESCO Techcul 2021 Entrepreneurs Prize. He contributed as co-chair of tracks in the top tier conferences such as the 14th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, ACM NordiCHI2020, IFIP WG 9.4 2017 and 26th European Conference on Information Systems. Tariq has been keynote speaker for the International Conference on Culture & Computer Science (ICCCS-2017) Berlin, the ACM 2nd AfriCHI (2018) Namibia and invited speaker for the events organized by Namibia University of Sciences and Technology, European Academies Science Advisory Council, Cambridge Malaysian Education Development Trust UK, Cornell University, USA and National University of Singapore. He is supervising the Asia Chapter of the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (ipid) and a professional member of ACM and Kuala Lumpur ACM SIGCHI Chapter.
A.P. Dr Kartinah Zen
Kartinah Zen is an associate professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). She obtained her Bachelor and Master in Computer Science, both from Universiti Malaya in 1996 and 2001 respectively. She holds a PhD specializing in Wireless Sensor Networks from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia in 2010. Her research interest is on embedded system, wireless sensor networks, sensor-related network technology and Internet of Things. From 2014 to 2019, she was the Deputy Dean of Undergraduate where she formed the Service Learning team at the faculty in 2016. She is also a research fellow at the Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (ISITI), UNIMAS.
A.P. Dr Tan Chong Eng
Chong Eng, TAN is an associate professor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas). He has
been with the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Unimas since 1999
and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE). Tan
specializes in wireless communication networks and broadband access technology; he is
also a research fellow at the Institute of Social Informatics and Technology Innovations
(ISITI) where he involves in rural ICT technology design and development for the bridging of
digital divide. He has been involved in various Telecentre implementations under ISITI and
piloting long range wireless relay system for eBario.
Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong serves as an Associate Director, Community-Based Service-Learning and Partnership at the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement at Cornell University. Amy dedicates herself to purposeful collaborative work that produces lasting impact for improved community health and wellbeing.
Long Lamai Community Champion