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How digital is transforming traditional classrooms

AvantiKumar | Oct. 6, 2016
The Malaysian education ministry shows the potential of the latest digital classroom.


Photo credit - Computerworld - Digital Classroom


Malaysia's Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has made another push to show how digital can transform traditional classrooms.

At a recent event in Kuala Lumpur, Ybhg Prof Madya Dr Arham Abdullah, director, Division of Industry Relations at Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) underlined the importance of technology in the 21st century education landscape.  

"The Ministry aspires to create a higher education system that can set a global example and that enables Malaysia to compete in the global economy," Prof Dr Arham said during his opening remarks.

He said the government was actively seeking out technologies to meet students' needs and also deliver a "greater personalization of the learning experience."

Also present, Dr Kalai Anand Ratnam, senior lecturer & technology specialist, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, demonstrated some key technologies that have transformed his classroom into a platform for collaborative learning.

Technology's role

Speaking of one of the tools, Skype for Business - part of Office 365 for Education, Dr Anand commented: "Besides the ease of access made possible by cloud based technology, the learning tools by Microsoft help to enhance collaboration inside and outside of the classroom, while providing a wide range of real-life learning experiences globally as students connect with educators and gain resources worldwide."

Nik Ariff Nik Omar, general manager, Public Sector Group, Microsoft Malaysia said that technology's role in transforming the education systems will increase. "We foresee 21st century education evolving rapidly with technology at the forefront to nurture students and equip them with life and work skills to compete globally."

Digital classrooms - MOHE, Microsoft

(From left) Dr Kalai Anand Ratnam, Senior Lecturer & Technology Specialist, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation; Nik Ariff Nik Omar, General Manager, Public Sector Group, Microsoft Malaysia; and Ybhg Prof Madya Dr Arham Abdullah, Director, Division of Industry Relations at Ministry of Higher Education.

"With millennials making up about 62 percent of the workforce in 2015, together with increased access to technology such as mobile, and cloud - there is a high demand for digital content and experiences through various apps and online platforms," said Nik.

"With these technological advances, we are enabling and creating new scenarios and experiences for both teachers and students alike, coupled with different modes of engagements," he said.  "This naturally lends to shifts in teaching and learning, which is what we are demonstrating today."


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