Community events sharing


8 March till 9 March 2023 I am invited as a speaker to a community event under the UTCT KTGS grant. The audience was from Rumah PAKATs, a shelter for the abandon child due to HIV and also a shelter for the homeless. Through this event, the children which range between 9 years old to 17 years old were exposed to a digital marketing. They have their own product which is a Chocolates Cookies and we trained them a basic digital marketing and IT literate exposure.

The session for this first week of the event are more on theoretical input, next week which is 16 March they have to implement the theory and practice doing marketing and sell their goods during the PKATS Carnival.

Besides delivering inputs of digital marketing using Canva, which they need to create a posters, I am also involving in the technical part which preparing all the printed props such as banners, bunting, and posters. Also, packing for 15 participant files, preparing hampers and make sure the montage video is ready.

Alhamdulillah, the event went well even though I am not be able to attend the carnival due to my emergency problems. Remotely done and try my best commitment to my task rightly from the hospital (my mother admit to emergency red zone- high fever).

InsyaAllah till meet them again next upcoming event.



Time management is a crucial as a student to master it. The time goes by as a blink of eyes, the assignment, project and exercises keep in coming in the to do list- where none of it being strike off yet. The due date make you more pressure. Besides, you also have to jingling the studies with the curricular activities where also will affect the portion of your time. Things become worst when you intend to procrastinate or distract with social media or games while handling a lot of things in your plate. In the end, you became less focus.

A strory to share, when I was pursuing my doctorate studies a few years ago, I struggled with time management issues. It’s difficult to balance work and study. It’s different from my life on campus as a student; even though I’m involved in many programs as a top committee member, I can still manage my time well. When I reflect, it is because during my studies on campus, we did not get too distracted by gadgets and social media. During my bachelor when it is early year 2000, the social media not yet hype as now. The most distract is a computer game and Movie marathon CD’s.

I confess, the social media did effect my productivity and focus. They unintentionally stole my time. Trying to help myself, I start to searching for the solution in how to become more productive and manage my 24 hours a day effectively and keep the motivation and focus. Surprisingly, the solution to my procrastination problem and completing my work on time and happily involves a tomato and taking more.

Start your task, and then set the timer for 25 minutes. I use my phone instead of a tomato timer. breaks. In an effort to control my distractions and prevent both procrastination with a goldfish attention span and all-night study burnout, I discovered The Pomodoro Technique. This time management method, created in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, takes its name from the typical tomato-shaped kitchen timer.

The theory behind the system is that by breaking up your work and breaks into regular, brief intervals, you can prevent feeling overburdened by an impending task and also prevent burnout. Basics are as follows:

  1. Start your task, and then set the timer for 25 minutes. I use my phone instead of a tomato timer.
  2. If a diversion occurs, note it down on paper before getting back to your task.
  3. Put a check mark on your paper when the buzzer goes off. You have finished one increment (also known as a pomodoro).
  4. Allow yourself a five-minute break. You can check your thoughts for distractions, stretch, grab a cup of tea, and so on.
  5. Take a thirty-minute break after four pomodoros.
  6. Repeat!

Try it if you want to learn more about time management and how long a task will take to complete, as well as breaking down your workday into manageable tomato-sized bites. All the best!

I inspired by this sharing. In pandemic Covid, I usually search for “study with me” in Youtube. From the searching, I found this sharing. Have a look! ^^
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what is POMI?

When I brief my colleagues on POMI in a simple word, most of them will take it as a very “common” approach. Some of them claimed, “Yeah, we implement it in our class.”

“Stop a while and asking and answering question, we did it in our class”

“Ahaaa.. we did it, but we did not ‘brand it’ as like this approach “

I just smiled and nodded. Okay, it’s good because it is not something new, and hopefully we keep it that way so that our students do not “sleep,” burn out, or feel bored through our lectures.

What the difference my POMI with the common approach that they are mentioned?

  • It is well planned and structured for each lecture week
  • No lengthy-lectures – It is packed and solid deliverable
  • Creative Class Activities
  • Student are encourage to answer questions (I am using the Wheel of Names website to pick specific student)
  • A LOTs of questions and exercises

Before we go any further, let us have a brief introduction to POMI.

POM + I = = Pomodoro + Interactive

As I mentioned in my previous posting, POMI is inspired by a task management. The Pomodoro Technique chunks the time into 25 minutes of doing a task and a 5-minute break. Therefore, I am implementing this approach in my teaching and planning my lecture.

As students, we used to experience a lengthy, nonstop lecture for two hours. There is a time break; however, non-participating students make the class too boring, and the lack of class activity makes us feel like it is too much to absorb. Furthermore, particularly when the lecture notes are uninteresting and the lecturer simply reads the slides until the end of the class. Some lectures have a class activity, but only in the early weeks; from the middle of lecture week until the end, most of the class starts getting bored.

When I am a lecturer, I am experiencing the moment of the lecture where I intend to rush-finish the slides and skip activities and questions because they will consume time. When we conduct a lecture, we call out students to volunteer to answer questions, but there is no response. At the end, we give the answer. The interaction totally failed because we ran out of time to finish the slides for the week.

Reflecting from both points of view, I believe that a well structured teaching approach is needed. The learning outcomes have to be achieved through the topic outcomes, not just by finishing the slides. Besides, a lot of exercises and discussion through the answer help a lot with student understanding.

The e-learning tools help much in designing a fun learning class activity, and they are freely accessible in our LMS (Learning Management System), Putra Blast. A creative class activity makes the POMI learning environment more fun and interactive. Students are more engaged and actively participate, sharing their thoughts.

Therefore, POMI is not as simple as taking a break and lecturing. It is a well-structured framework, a well-planned activity and a well-designed teaching approach that can be customized to any learning outcome and course.

The following is a short presentation details out POMI approach:

Copy of POMI: A Time blocking & Interactive teaching approach by Nuur Alifah Roslan
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A year as Academician

Alhamdulillah, 15 June 22 marked as a year experience as an academician. Being an academician in a international reputative research university is very challenging. Besides teaching in innovative way, we have to contribute in research and engage with the community by knowledge transferring and also have a wide network with the industries. Jingling all those responsible is very tough however, I am always accept it as a challenge for me to keep growing in my career.

I am experiencing two semester of teaching. In 2021, the semester is conducted fully online. I am searching many materials related to improve the way of teaching and interact with the online environment. 2022, our country started the endemic phase for Covid 19 and we have a hybrid classroom session during the semester. Most of our local students are compulsory to attend the face to face class, meanwhile the international students were remotely join the lecture hybrid (online).

Therefore, I am experimenting the best way of teaching in hybrid classroom. It was very challenging, since there are two audience in different environment to entertain. Through the first experience conducting the online class, I came with my innovation in teaching which is call POMI.

The following is a part of POMI class activity which my chosen pedagogy used in teaching is an active learning. More about POMI will be shared in my next posting ^^

Active learning class activity, role play

Interactive Lecturing. The face to face and online student are interact with the quick quiz question via shared link in Google Slide during the learning session.


IEEE e-Webinar: Heart Signal for Biometric Recognition

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Khairul Azami Bin SidekAssociate Professor, Kulliyyah of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia

Date: 23 July 2022 (Saturday)

Time : 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (Malaysia time)

Platform: Zoom


Data Science & Machine Learning-A (Quick) Introduction to the Course

Webinar by Prof. Philippe Rigollet

The goal of data science is to turn data into information, and information into insight. Through the various data in our new era of BIG DATA the data science helps you to increase revenue, provide insight, improve operations, open markets, process information, optimize cost, and many more. Through the amount of data, the user’s behavior can be defined as well.

Methods deep learning, clustering all the data science ecosystem. Many of the methods achieve the same pipeline. The following are some of the categories that we can make:

  1. Making sense of unstructured data | Clustering – PCA
    Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
  • Tool for dimension reduction
  • Useful to visualize data (in dimension at most 3)
  • Gain insight and select important variables
  • very efficient algorithmically
  • implemented in all statistical software
    Example of dimension reduction technique
  • ISOmap, Sammon mapping, Locally linear embedding, and t-SNE
    Example Netflix Data
    infinite collection in data set, rated by million users. When we use the dimension reduction, we can see the cluster for each movie.
  1. Prediction to decisions | Classification | Deep Learning – Lasso
    Using the prediction formula. Where get those data? predict from the data using Regression -Linear regression or nonlinear regression.

Cookies collect the metadata. can be used also to predict
Use the Automatic variable selection using the lesson algorithm
However, sometimes the reality of the data does not give us a clean cut to predict. Then, here where we use Deep Learning to find representation where things are nicer.

So deep learning will learn the data and it needs much more data. Delicate to fit and good for images/speech.

  1. From data to decisions | Causal inference – Graphical models, A/B Testing

How to make a precise decision?
turn into a graphical model, where each node is a movie and relates
to each other. Connection of each node learned by the data.

“Imitate the superficial exterior of a process or system without having any understanding of the underlying substance” – Cargo Cult


Habits of Highly Effective Academics

Action to be taken:

Set out personal GOALS as an academic clearly and align them with organization goals/vision.

Find a MENTOR or have a model for reference and emulation

MANAGE and execute our tasks based on importance and piority Example to-do-list

Be an ALL-ROUNDER academics-fill in all the bins/baskets

Have clear STRATEGIES and processes to meet goals

MIX with right peers and crowd

Keep progressing, move FOWARD, no matter how small

Make DECISIONS and follow-through