ต่อไปนี้เป็นความเห็นต่อ University Fair ที่จัดเมื่อสัปดาห์ที่แล้ว เป็นความเห็นที่ผมเห็นด้วยอย่างยิ่ง จึงนำมาบอกต่อ
I visited the Higher Education Fair Friday afternoon and walked to visit almost all the booths to see how our universities were doing. On the whole, I think the idea of organizing such a huge event is excellent as it opens up higher education not only to prospective and current students, but also to parents and other stakeholders who need to know what universities have been doing, how well they've performed, and what can be expected out of higher education institutions.
While I was walking around the university booths, I was happy to see that universities took it seriously to join in this Fair. Many booths were real striking with their students giving presentations, leading games, etc....great way to encourage students to have more hands-on experiences and teamwork na ka.
Well! only after a short while did I start to think more seriously about the ways we promote 'education' and 'learning'. I feel that our Thai world of education could be misled with fancy-presentation focuses...much much more than creative ways to stimulate visitors' enthusiasm to learn what's going on and how the kids can learn to think more about studies, and the future.
Marketing strategies seemed to overrule the true meaning of education. I couldn't agree more that attractive designs of booths, lively presentations, and bright and nice small gift items like bright colored bags and pens, helped draw visitors' attention but I hope that each university could do better than that. Otherwise, students are always used to the sanuk part which's been well blended in our culture.
It was wonderful to see some of senior ajarns, especially several private ones and a handful of provincial universities, actively give advice or answer queries. More could be done too.
Universities are where great brains meet!! I would wish to see more learning forums organized within each booth....some sessions of more than just fact giving ones...e.g. meeting the President/ Vice President/ Dean, etc....to learn of the university's direction and strengths; forums of alumni to share what they've learned and how they've looked back to see what was worth their time and energy; forums of current students and lecturers to share their views on how learning has changed, etc.
The innovation section which truly boasted the strengths of our universities couldn't catch that much attention. Every booth was filled with knowledge and thinking behind each of the creative inventions and products created. It was a pity, though, that this section was very quiet. Hope it happened to be the slowest time of the day.
Guess my points of sharing with you today are that I really wish to see more involvement of senior administrators in this type of recruitment and learning process, and to see a more knowledge and experience sharing event rather than facts and fun! The notion of 'sanuk' could be integrated into these seemingly serious sessions too. Otherwise, our kids always look for sanuk first in everything they do without learning that much jing jing na ka. Besides, the innovation section was an excellent place for students to think more and learn faster....strategic thinking and actions of all the organizers and universities to make best use of this section would be useful.
Sounds like an 80-year-old lady mai ka? Sorry if I get too 'in' na ka.
Before I end this note, let me share with you another nice site we've just got ka. It's great for many of you who might be involved in English teaching and literature, who might wish to encourage self-learning of kids, who may love to create a bit more English language environment ka. The website URL is www.RepeatAfterUs.com which is an award-winning online library and language labs of copyright-free classics with audio clips. Try na ka....you can make a real good use of it ka.
Any view to be shared from you all would be lovely ka.
ผมยิ่งเห็นมากขึ้นเรื่อยๆ ว่า การใช้พลัง ไอที เพื่อบอกความในใจของตนต่อเพื่อน หรือต่อโลก มีความสำคัญมาก และเป็นการทำคุณประโยชน์ต่อสังคม ผอ. พรทิพย์ ทำหน้าที่นี้ได้อย่างยอดเยี่ยม เธอมีข้อคิดเห็นที่คมและคมคาย
น่าจะมีบางมหาวิทยาลัยโชว์ว่า ถ้ามาเรียนในมหาวิทยาลัยนั้น จะสนุก ในการฝึกปรือความคิดริเริ่มสร้างสรรค์ของตน ให้ นศ. มาโชว์ผลงานของความสนุกนั้น คือสนุกกับ creativity ต้องให้เห็นว่าการเรียนสมัยนี้สนุก ถ้าเราต้องการเรียนและปฏิบัติ creativity
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