Welcome to the IIUM COP Portal (iHIKMAH)

Realising the CoP at IIUM

Experience sharing about issues that we encountered as a community will induce knowledge transfer and information spill overs.  For this reason, the Office of Deputy Rector (Research & Innovation) developed the on-line CoP initiative to enable the University community to connect, communicate, contribute and consume information of mutual interest.  The Communities of practice (CoP) are groups of people “who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”  The term ‘Communities of Practice’  has only recently been coined but it refers to the old phenomenon of natural sense of community in managing their knowledge.  Its origin is traced back to the Japanese management best practices.

Be it informally, invisibly or structurally, networked, people in organisation conjoined “… to build new capabilities, accelerate innovation, and increase agility” by knowing and collective learning.  Capturing the knowledge challenges us on what we attain and could retain out of the collaborative and consultative process within the institution.  The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 recognises “codifying best practices” as one of the strategies and initiatives in “The first wave” of its initiative implementation roadmap.  In support of professional development in higher education, we may promulgate and codify the lesson learnt by IIUM workforce through the CoP initiative. 

IIUM is convinced with the establishment of CoP would simplify formalities for organisational learning and facilitate knowledge management.  In the era of social learning becoming more prevalent, we have taken the step to actualise learning through actor’s interactions with others and through the knowledge and expertise of others.  The CoP is maintained and sustained with face-to-face sessions and online forum.  While documenting what we know would go without saying, we hope to connect for improving ways we do things and apply knowledge learnt.  In selecting what communities of practice to support, the University has opted for the strategical direction of our University, i.e., the IIUM key result areas (KRAs).  The identified CoP areas are:

KRA#1  Quality teaching and learning
KRA#2  Research and innovation
KRA#3  Internationalisation
KRA#4  Holistic student development
KRA#5  Talent management
KRA#6  Financial sustainability
KRA#7  Good governance
KRA#8  Islamisation

For each area, the CoP is facilitated by the Secretariat/Secretaries of IIUM KRAs.  And who are the CoP members?  Membership is open to employees with university’s email address.  All faculty members and administrative staff are welcome to view, participate and contribute contents to any or all of the CoPs.

Goal and strategic intents
With the ultimate goal for cross-sectoral interactions within the University in tapping tacit knowledge, our CoP objectives are:

  • To foster information exchange and promoting dialogue on key result areas and attainment of strategic plan
  • To provide conversation structure for internal knowledge dissemination across workforce skills and development of best practices
  • To serve as a hub for generation of ideas and collective reflections to support institutional outcome of holistic education and ummatic responsibility 
  • To nourish collegial approach for organisational learning and knowledge acquisition inculcated in business activities

Expected outcomes
We aspire for shared progress toward these expected outcomes:

  • Development of linkages between academics and administration sectors and meaningful relationships between entities that lead to deliverable conformity and improvement in functions.
  • Enhancement of CoP participants’ capabilities in knowledge sharing by leveraging the inter-organisational networking and openness
  • Initiation of innovative activity, work behaviour and implementation to advance teaching and learning practices as well as performance in research.
  • Competency development and self-professional learning based on positive experience synthesised from the CoPs
  • Increased responsiveness to participatory governance and awareness on accountable leadership to effect change and quality     

The progress, success and sustainability of the CoP is our collective responsibility.  I appreciate very much the interest shown by all CoP participants and those who have enthusiastically driven the CoP project, especially the KRA teams, subject matter experts, portal administrators and all individuals who have taken the lead in the many CoP events.  We need your participation and contribution for the continued success of the CoP.  Let’s embrace the culture of learning, knowledge generation and sharing for the betterment of mankind.

Mohamed Ridza Wahiddin, PhD, DSc
Deputy Rector (Research & Innovation)
Professor, Dept. of Computer Science
Project sponsor, CoP Task Force IIUM



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