To prepare for the jobs of the future, education providers need to get on board with e-learning
In partnership with TM ONE
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted what many have known for a long time: the future of education is e-learning.
Indeed, the in-person learning model took a battering over the past 18 months. According to the World Economic Forum, during this unprecedented period, nearly a billion young people lost out on education. Among graduates, 80% of apprentices had their training interrupted as firms scaled back on skill-development programmes. To make matters worse, many schools and universities discovered they were inadequately prepared for the digital transition. Poorly designed online teaching resources created burnout and raised issues around digital equity.
To prepare for the so-called fourth industrial revolution, governments and institutions have to quickly get on board with Education 4.0. And it all starts with e-learning. The e-learning market has grown a staggering 900% since the year 2000 and is poised to become a US$369 billion global industry by 2026. When designed thoughtfully, with digital infrastructure to match, e-learning can be more effective, more engaging and better able to develop the workplace of the future.
In Southeast Asia, TM ONE – the enterprise and public sector solutions arm of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) – is a leader in meeting the demands of the e-learning revolution. Together with the world’s third-largest open-course learning management system (LMS), Moodle, TM ONE offers tailored solutions for all organisational needs.
Whether you’re a tutoring centre, a secondary school or an innovative research university, these are three reasons why you should start adopting e-learning.
1. e-Learning powered by Cloud computing
The first and biggest challenge most institutions encounter when embracing e-learning is adequate digital infrastructure. How can vast amounts of rich-media content be stored and easily accessed by students? How can universities quickly develop communication and teleconferencing tools that meet their institutional requirements and handle heavy bandwidth loads?
TM ONE addresses this challenge through its robust connectivity and Cloud computing capabilities and managed services. Using TM ONE’s two data centres in Cyberjaya and Johor Bahru that are Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and ISO 27001 compliant, institutions can enjoy high availability and low latency, as well as scale up or down as their needs change during the academic year. Running course offerings via TM ONE’s Cloud also ensures responsive resolution to technological issues and 24/7 support.
Even in regions that currently lack adequate infrastructure, TM ONE’s customisable LMS has broad applicability. Through its connectivity offerings, TM ONE has been able to provide digital centres even in rural parts of Malaysia, while its Cloud computing service and data centres eliminate the need for acquiring and maintaining expensive hardware.
2. Versatile tools for quality e-learning
Many people have the impression that e-learning involves endless Zoom calls and bandwidth challenges. The reality is in fact quite different. When done right, e-learning has shown to be more effective than in-person learning.
A study by IBM suggested that people enrolled in an e-learning course learn five (5) times more material than those in traditional in-person courses. Each participant is able to go at their own pace. They can speed through modules that they are comfortable with, and revisit those that they find challenging.
Moreover, the variety of e-learning plug-ins and features creates a dynamic learning environment. Visual and audio learning materials, asynchronous messaging systems and individualised progress markers improve student engagement, while regular online assessments and gamification help with knowledge retention.
TM ONE uses the world-class versatility of the Moodle LMS to provide many such features, while its specialisation in Cloud computing means these features can be delivered with minimum need for on-site digital infrastructure.
3. Secure, cost-effective and efficient e-learning
TM ONE’s world-class expertise in cybersecurity has added more benefits for education providers. Proprietary teaching resources and student performance data can be stored securely, and data residency within Malaysia is assured. Through Moodle, TM ONE solutions can also deliver student authentication, and assessing examinations can be both simplified and secured.
One prominent use case example involves a public university based in Perak, which has turned to Cloud-based Moodle learning as a strategic step to ensure that students can continue their learning during pandemic-related disruptions. The university is known for its innovative teaching modules, and Moodle serves as the primary platform for delivering educational content to the students. Now, they are among the first universities in Malaysia to adopt Moodle in Cloud. With this, students can access Moodle anywhere, anytime with any device and securely.
Beyond the classroom, the LMS is also able to automate bulk operations such as student enrolment and registration and report generation. This enables institutions to direct manpower to more critical, strategic and creative operations.
In fact, TM ONE’s Moodle LMS is a harbinger for the changes businesses and universities must prepare for. As more administrative tasks are automated to a higher degree of precision, the focus will fall on soft skills, meaningful collaboration, lifelong learning and creative problem-solving.
With forward-thinking institutions and well-designed e-learning solutions, students can acquire and practise these skills affordably and with flexibility.
For more information on how TM ONE can customise education solutions for your institution, please visit the official website.