Dr Mah Boon Yih is a senior lecturer at Academy of Language Studies, UiTM Penang Branch, Permatang Pauh Campus. He holds three degrees: PhD (E-learning), MA (Applied Linguistics), and BAEd (Hons) in ELS. He has completed his doctoral study in 2015 at Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, USM, Penang, Malaysia. As the outcome of his doctoral thesis, he has become the founder of Web-based Cognitive Writing Instruction or WeCWI: an award-winning hybrid e-framework for instructional design and language development.
WeCWI was officially launched in The Digital Education Show Asia 2014 on 27 May 2014. It was copyrighted by MyIPO after being approved by RIBU, UiTM, in early 2014. Later, WeCWI was published by WASET twice in International Journal of Social, Behavioural, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering after being addressed in ICELD 2014 and ICLLT 2015 keynotes. In 2014, a workshop entitled WeCWI Training Series: Instructional Design (macro) was conducted at UiTM Penang Branch, Permatang Pauh Campus. Furthermore, it was featured in #DoMoreLah4Malaysia campaign organised by MDeC. On 4 December 2014, WeCWI received the PIID 2014 Silver Award: an innovative idea recognition in ICT.
In the following year, WeCWI was awarded a Silver Award in iidex 2015 as an innovative product in arts and applied arts category on 29 April 2015. Once again, on 6 December 2015, a WeCWI’s consultancy project namely WeCWI Integrated Solutions was honoured a Gold Award in PECIPTA 2015 (open category) in education and human development cluster at KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At present, WeCWI is further extended in research studies and committed towards commercialisation through consultancy, IP licensing, and joint ventures. For more details about WeCWI, kindly visit WeCWI Blog at wecwi.blogspot.my.