Photo - Adam Brimo, CEO and Co-founder, OpenLearning.
According to Malaysia's Ministry of Higher Education, the country's largest release online courses from public universities as 20 universities launch 60 free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through the OpenLearning platform.
YB Dato' Seri Idris bin Jusoh, minister of Higher Education, said, "Online learning is an important element of the Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025. Today's launch is a major milestone in the Government's commitment in leveraging technologies like MOOCs and innovations such as blended learning to ensure that students have a transformative learning experience."
"In fact, Shift 9 of the Blueprint speaks of 'Globalised Online Learning' as a key focus for the Ministry in building and exporting Malaysia's global education brand," he said, adding that a blended learning approach combined online and in-class activities, moving away from passive lectures to more active learning, which resulted in better learning outcomes.
The courses encompass a wide selection of topics ranging from Business, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare, Languages, Technology and many more.
All courses are available for free on OpenLearning,com, which is the official MOOC platform for all public institutions of higher education in Malaysia. Courses are delivered primarily in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Arabic, depending on the topic or subject matter.
The minister said Malaysia was the first country in the world to implement a nationwide strategy that integrated MOOCs with on-campus university classes. Public universities will develop MOOCs on core modules and students from the 20 public universities will participate in those courses through OpenLearning's social learning platform. The OpenLearning platform promotes student autonomy and helps to foster a community of students who engage and motivate each other throughout the course.
With today's announcement, there are now 64 MOOCs available to students in public universities. To date, more 75,000 students from all 20 universities have enrolled in MOOCs on OpenLearning. The government expects to teach 15 percent of all public university courses online as MOOCs by the end of 2015. This will increase to 30 percent of all university courses by the year 2020.
Professor Dr Hanafi Atan, chairman of MEIPTA (Malaysian e-Learning Council for Public Universities), said: "MEIPTA plays an important role in the successful deployment of Malaysia MOOCs in terms of the platform being used, e-content development as well as the training provided for their delivery."
"" For the 1st semester 2015 beginning this September, a total of 60 Malaysia MOOCs will be deployed and we expect that the number of enrolment will exceed 200,000 students thus meeting the requirement set forth by the recently launched Malaysia Education Blueprint (Higher Education)," said Dr Hanafi.
All 20 public universities in Malaysia are members of MEIPTA, which coordinates strategic programs and implementation of online learning for public universities.
Co-founder and chief executive officer of OpenLearning, Adam Brimo, said, "The launch of the 60 MOOCs today is a testament to Malaysia's position as a world leader in MOOCs and active learning in the formal higher education system."
"This is a major step in enabling educators to create and facilitate online courses that students will find effective and engaging, with the goal of improving student outcomes and access to higher education," said Brimo.
To enrol in the MOOCs, visit openlearning.com
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