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Learning history and cultural heritage is most of the times considered dull and demotivating by young students. Probably this is because the learning process is disconnected from these students’ reality and experience. One possible way to overcome this state of matters is to use technology in creating the materials of history and cultural heritage subject in a collaborative experimental approach to learning historical concepts of the traditional curriculum. Combining history teaching with technological tools and multimedia runs into the motivation of the students as they find the screen and gadgets as the most natural way to learn.

To broaden digital learning experience and perspective on teaching history and culture to benefit both teachers and learners, SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) under the coordination of SEAMEO Indonesian Centres Coordinator (ICC) and in cooperation with the Directorate General of Culture, as well as Research and Development Body of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) of Indonesia conducted the Webinar on Multimedia Utilization in Teaching History and Culture on October 21, 2020 at 13.00-18.00 hrs. On the other hand, this programme was also aimed to serve as a forum to share best practices from the Southeast Asia region.

This webinar used mixed language: English and Bahasa Indonesia in its different sessions according to each speaker. There were 2 main sessions, the first one was the opening and sharing session which was delivered in English, and the second session was the panel session which was delivered in Indonesian Language.

The webinar was opened by SEAMOLEC Director, Dr Alpha Amirrachman who briefly informed the webinar participants about the initiative of SEAMOLEC to host the event. In his remarks he mentioned that usually SEAMOLEC focuses on conducting webinars related to distance education and online learning. However, this time SEAMOLEC was glad to be able to collaborate with experts from the field of culture and history. Session was then continued with a programme overview and an official opening by Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, the coordinator of SEAMEO ICC. After that, the session was followed by a regional practice sharing, delivered by SEAMOLEC sister centres: SEAMEO SPAFA, Thailand which was represented by its Director, Mrs Somlak Charoenpoet, and SEAMEO CHAT, Myanmar, represented by its Director Dr Khin Lay Soe.

There were 9 speakers presented in 6 parts of the panel session, they were:

  1. Fitra Arda, M.Hum, Director of Cultural Protection, MoEC
  2. Marlon Ririmasse, The Center for National Research of Archeology, MoEC
  3. Jarwadi, M.Pd, The Center for Curriculum and Books, MoEC
  4. Brigida Intan Printina, M.Pd, Lecturer, Sanatha Darma University, Yogyakarta
  5. Alfan Pujo Laksono and Puryanto, Officers of IT Content and Knowledge Management, SEAMOLEC, Yohanna Novathalia, SEAMOLEC Intern.
  6. Hirman Pratikto, History teacher, SMAN 2 Surabaya, and Drs. Adi Prawito, MSi, History teacher, SMAN 3 Malang

The webinar session lasted for 5 hours and all speakers were given a maximum of 30 minutes to deliver their presentation. A question and answer session was held at the end of all sessions. As a follow up event of the webinar, SEAMOLEC will host an online training about Digital Learning Material Development using Explee special from teachers/lecturers/students of History and Culture Study Programme.

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