Malaysia has a high student population, therefore it is no surprise that our country is home to many online learning centers. To give you a better idea of the number of such centers, we have established a list to give you an idea of their number and type.
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I had just returned from China where I was coaching a group of Year 11 Chinese Secondary Students from 29 Chinese Secondary Schools. They were on a travel scholarship program where they would have a gap year after graduation.
They told me they wanted to travel to Europe. They were interested in holiday homes, castles, museums, gyms, yoga, Zumba, travel and DJing.
They also wanted to study languages in Europe with a focus on foreign languages. Many of them have studied Mandarin. China is the world’s largest exporter of native speakers of Chinese. There are very few expats in Europe who speak English and any good gym is probably not spoken by half of all students in France, Italy or Spain.
After three weeks, I had taken just over 150 hours of their after school hours in some 7 and a half hour classes.
After signing up for these classes, these students I had engaged gave me a brilliant two word explanation of what the problem is with school. They told me that if schools could provide an online and streamed learning environment, that the students would not have to spend the following 3 weeks learning in school, but could get all that extra learning in at the same time as their friends without sacrificing school preparation. If school was not sustainable as a learning environment, then it was the delivery of online and streamed learning via apps and assistants for students and staff who would enable them to focus on an integrated online learning environment which replaced all outside-school-time learning (i.e. time outdoors) with a strong social and supportive learning environment centered around homework and other activities – and only when school time was deemed to be unreasonable.
It is widely accepted that school is no longer a sufficient learning environment, and is being replaced by an online learning environment. Schools are changing the way they allow the students to learn, as well as increasing the time they spend outside school. The challenge facing many secondary schools is when to start trying the online learning environment, and when should schools start passing on more of the responsibility for school staff to take on initiatives and responsibilities in the online learning environment.
Many schools were buying iPads to then use with ‘dead time’ outside of school hours, but few schools have figured out how to integrate the lessons into existing learning programs and how to get the students to engage with it in a meaningful way. The school social worker’s are studying with greater maturity in navigating social media and become more well connected and friends with students and staff. A friend who works with the universities in the area whom we met in Thailand told me they are already teaching digital literacy skills through the online learning environment. He said they are becoming more like what I would describe as technology educators.
I told the school’s that I had learned from colleagues who have trained teachers how to access and listen to Google search results for a short answer. I think this is a great start and they were beginning to understand the value of paying attention to what is being written and comments on social media.
The school is also open to the idea of using face to face speakers of Chinese when they have an isolated school visit, but at the moment there is no time or bandwidth for this.
Clearly, if schools continue to conduct a one dimensional approach to learning, and maintain a teacher only learning perspective, the future of schools is very bleak. Schools may have thought they were giving students the best learning experience possible when they invested in printing and printing textbooks, but it is becoming clear that online learning is the way forward.
Charles McArthur is the founding executive director of Technology and Learning International and is the head of WeRLearn Learning.