Photo - Murali Nadarajah, CEO, Xchanging Malaysia.
Integrated IT solutions provider Xchanging Malaysia has won a bid as the preferred delivery partner for 1BestariNet, a virtual learning environment [VLE] to connect 5.5 million students, 500,000 teachers, 10,000 schools and 4.5 million parents.
Malaysia is the first country in the world to deliver a single, nationwide cloud driven learning platform via high speed 4G, according to the YTL Communications and early partners during initial announcements in 2011.
A key objective of 1BestariNet, which is an open source VLE, is to reduce the urban and rural education divide by giving all teachers and students access to the same systems and content, regardless of location.
Xchanging Malaysia's chief executive officer Murali Nadarajah said Xchanging's solution was to create an online education community via a virtual network, linking students, teachers, schools and parents.
Nadarajah said the company provided a learning management system to deliver educational resources to teachers and students, through a software platform from Frog - the 'Frog Store' - and collated free content from providers such as YouTube and Discovery Channel. These resources are used in lessons to enhance students' learning experience, and can be accessed in any location across Malaysia.
"Xchanging simplifies the delivery of virtual learning environments by offering the option to select an individual service module specific to customers' particular educational needs, or to build a complementary end-to-end services solution," he said.
"We are committed to enhancing education initiatives across the globe, and as the Ministry of Education's fulfilment partner for 1BestariNet, it has been an exciting journey to be a part of a compelling idea that has transformed the education system in Malaysia," added Nadarajah.
YB Tuan P Kamalanathan s/o P. Panchanathan, deputy minister of Education Malaysia, said: "When we were developing 1BestariNet, we needed to engage partners that could ensure our plans and visions for education were fulfilled. We chose Xchanging Malaysia for its robust global managed network services capabilities and ability to deliver the connectivity, the security, the reliability, and the functions that were essential for learning environments. The team was entrusted to ensure the initiative got off the ground, and they did a remarkable job."
Some of the benefits from the 1BestariNet project include:
- Schools have experienced cost savings through the cloud-based delivery of content, as a result of removing the need to service and update 10,000 separate servers, which was time consuming, complex and expensive;
- Students have made significant gains in their development irrespective of their background or location, and will leave school with a wider breadth of knowledge and world-class skills, giving them a head start towards a better future.
- Teachers are able to easily develop stimulating lesson plans with engaging content, share teaching best practice to improve the way learning issues are addressed, and track the progress of each student closely and manage any problem areas swiftly;
- Parents also have access to the platform, giving them the convenience of tracking their children's progress, and the ability to interact with teachers.
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