FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Malaysian Education Deans' Council Journal Editorial Board for their hard work in making sure that the first volume of this journal is produced on time. I also would like to thank the articles' contributors and the Advisory Board
for their support, encouragement, guidance and advice. The production of this first volume was made possible as a result of collaborative and collective efforts of the members of the Malaysian Education Deans' Council. The Council has discussed, conferred and deliberated to produce this journal for a
fairly long time under the able chair of Professor Dr. Zakaria Kasa, who he has made valuable contribution and put up concerted effort to ensure that the journal materialized.
The theme for this issue is "IT in Education" and ten related articles have been refereed and chosen for this inaugural volume. As it has been decided that this will be a bilingual journal, seven articles written in English and two are in Malay have been chosen.
The first and second articles highlight the efforts of School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia to enhance the use of IT among school teachers and university students in Malaysia. The first article introduces readers to the prototype of an e-Lesson Generator (eLG) that intends to provide teachers with a comprehensive range of teaching resources. Teachers may use the eLG to customize their lessons in order to sustain quality classroom instruction. The second article explains the benefits of PPIP-online to the Universiti Sains Malaysia students. PPIP-online in general provides accessibility
to course materials such as Instructional Plans, PowerPoint lecture slides, supplementary lecture notes, reading articles, multimedia presentations, and interactive multimedia learning materials.
The third article reports the results of a quasi-experimental study pertaining to the effects of animation graphic courseware on students' achievement in the Electronic System subject matter at Polytechnics under the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia. Results indicate that there is a significant difference in
students' achievement between the control and treatment groups. Apparently the treatment group performs better than the control group. The fourth article is about a project conducted in an undergraduate Technology Special Education programme. This project specifically relates to the use of Microsoft PowerPoint to teach special education students in Malaysian schools. The fifth article looks into the beliefs of student teachers with regard to problem solving in Mathematics and how these beliefs changed with the use of Information Technology.
Results on teachers' perception in the use of Mathematics and Science multimedia courseware were discussed in the sixth article. It was found that in general most teachers agree that the courseware is effective; however, some teachers indicated certain aspects and components of the courseware may
need to be improved. The seventh article reports the findings on the use of Virtual Technology (VT) technology among students. The study found that students in VT environment could better construct knowledge about marketing decision making than students in a non-VT environment.
The authors of the eighth article write about the development and evaluation of multimedia interactive to teach the ACAD R14 courseware in the process of producing visual arts products. The ninth article examines teaching resources from the internet. This article also indicates the importance of internet in preparation of materials for teaching Arabic for those in the tourism industry. Finally, the tenth article
discusses the design of instructional materials for teaching and learning purposes. We believe that knowledge must be shared and we would like to share the wisdom from these articles
with you. We are confident that the articles in this journal will be of great value to our readers. Thank you
and enjoy reading this journal.
PROF. DR. ABDUL RASHID MOHAMED
Malaysian Education Deans' Council Journal