Practicum Alternative during Movement Control Order
Alternatif Praktikum dalam tempoh Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan
Keywords:Pandemic COVID-19, Movement Control Orders, Teaching Practical, Learning Outcomes
The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of COVID-19 changed at the blink of an eye the way of life in society. Education is no exception. As expected, various forms of online learning was introduced for teaching and learning from primary education towards higher education institutions. While educators and students are served with multiple terms and learning platforms based on information technology applications, question arises as how teaching practical should be implemented? Generally, practicum requires students to undergo teaching training at an educational institutions and this involve supervision and assessment by teachers which considered as representing the industry. This article discusses the implementation of practicum alternative practices during the MCO period following the goverment instructions on closuring all educational institutions and prohibition of face-to-face learning. The objectives of this study are (a) to compare the level of acceptance about practicum alternative practices among students and lecturers, and (b) to evaluate the achievement of learning outcomes of teaching practical. The data was obtained through online administered questionnaires to a group of diploma and bachelor education students at a private university and lecturers who supervise them. The results showed that alternative practices during the MCO period will only be achieved if students, lecturers and industry understand the course learning objectives and the strategies for equivalence adapted in practicum alternative. Practicum alternative offers a different view of perspective on curriculum enrichment, relationship prospect between educational institutions and industries, and indicators of students' readiness for employment. In addition this article discusses certains aspect of the implications as well as suggestion for improvement.
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