Universitas Pelita Harapan International Relations (HI UPH) developed a new learning method online for educational purposes, specifically for the Foreign Policy of the Republic of Indonesia course, implemented for the students of Universitas Budi Luhur International Relations (HI UBL) this academic year. The course is a key course of International Relations, which will be studied by every International Relations student across Indonesia.
On 9 September 2019, the briefing and tutorial of this course were organized at the UBL Jakarta campus. The tutorial was led by members of the UPH Online Directorate (Edutech) team, who are Elyzabeth Bonethe Nasution, S.I.P., M.A., Head of HI UPH, Anita Suhendro, Instructional Designer, and Esther Ida Krisanti, Administration Staff of Education Technology. There were also Dr. Rusdiyanta, S.I.P., M.Si., Dean of FISIP UBL, Elistania, S.I.P., M.Si., Kaprodi of HI UBL, and professors and students of HI UBL.
According to Prof. Aleksius Jemadu, an International Relations professor of HI UPH, this collaboration happened because of UPH’s wish to execute the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education’s appeal for universities to creatively welcome digitalization in education. In addition, the program also emphasizes the self-studying method, which will help students to take advantage of the 4.0 technology revolution.
Prof. Jemadu said, “Digitalizing our course is a challenge that must be answered by all universities in Indonesia so that we will not be left behind.”
In addition, Prof. Jemadu said, “We chose UBL because they are prepared in their respective fields and they are suitable for the course materials. They are ready to adapt to some technical things related to the execution of this course.”
The collaboration between UPH and UBL in the educating and teaching the Foreign Policy of the Republic of Indonesia course with this online method is done within the framework of Bantuan Dana Pengembangan dan Penyelenggaraan Sistem Pembelajaran Daring Indonesia (SPADA) Year 2019. This framework was accepted by HI UPH since the 2018/19 Academic Year.
UBL students will take this online course from UPH and the scores will be recognized by UBL. The tutorial is done by HI UPH also became the first meeting of enrolled students in the course so that they can be introduced to the syllabus and online Learning Management System (LMS).
Dr. Rusdiyanta, S.I.P., M.Si., Dean of FISIP UBL, welcomed the collaboration warmly and appealed that students should be active in completing assignments and in discussion sections.
The tutorial officially marked the beginning of the UPH and UBL collaboration within the SPADA framework. All courses will be done independently by students and it is expected that they will be active participants of the course while being assisted by experienced tutors.
Nasution said, “Through this course, students are expected to analyze foreign policy dynamics and challenges. Students are expected to be active and to provide feedback because it is an online course. The online course can be accessed at spada.uph.edu.”