By Mardhiah Nasir, Executive Director, IPSB Technology
KUALA LUMPUR, 1st July 2021- The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit in 2019 which caused a major disruption in every economic sector. This pandemic is looking at being an endemic where economies have to look at living with Covid-19. Malaysia has been trying to find the best solution for students. This includes primary, secondary and even from tertiary education to continue their pursuit of knowledge without being limited to a classroom. (Selvanathan et al., 2020)
PdPR in Malaysia
In November 2020, the Malaysian government introduced a home based learning method. The “Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah” (PdPR) which was carried out in all schools including vocational colleges where the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) was enforced and aimed at limiting the number of personnels able to physically be present in schools during the lockdown period while at the same time allowing an uninterrupted teaching and learning experience for both students and teachers alike (Ministry of Education, Malaysia, 2020).
Based on a research conducted by M.Selvanathan, Nur Atikah and Noor Ayani (Selvanathan et al., 2020), it was discovered that Malaysia’s online learning and teaching methods needed much improvement especially in terms of the quality of interaction and instruction delivered from the teachers to the students as well as the delivery methods of teaching and learning.
OTT for Education
Using OTT in education has proven itself useful in countries such as India where physical learning has come to a screeching halt due to the pandemic. India’s Aagam, is the first educational OTT platform in India broadcasting content exclusively created for imparting knowledge to learners across the country. Another example is BYJU, an India-based educational technology and online tutoring firm that has been offering free live classes to students on its Think and Learn app. The edtech platform has seen a 200% increase in the number of new students.
The best thing about OTT platforms such as Netflix is that they have introduced documentaries that would allow its users to learn on demand. According to BBC news, Netflix gained 16 million new signups due to lockdown, with two thirds coming from Asia. This can also be classified as a form of eLearning. The agility of content sharing as well as coverage of the audience (as long as there is internet connection) can transform our education landscape. So how can we replicate this technology to make e-learning more successful in Malaysia?
EDUFLIX by IPSB
IPSB Technology has developed turnkey Over-The-Top (OTT) Platforms for RTMklik and RTBGo in which RTBGo launched their online learning program through the platform. Furthermore, to cater to the needs of the Malaysian education sector, EDUFLIX, allows teachers to upload lessons online and students are able to access these sessions on demand. Apart from videos on demand (VOD) and on demand classrooms, teachers can also live stream classes without lagging.This user friendly interactive platform will help students to learn without being confined to a classroom.
Although there is still much room for improvement, it is undeniable that there is a growing demand for OTT in the education sector. While online courses and teaching marketplaces have been in existence for a long time; utilizing the Video-on-Demand (VOD) concept wisely–Malaysian schools, colleges, and universities will need to start adopting a more streamlined version of OTT platforms for blended e-learning
I would be happy to see how we can build a customized OTT platform for your organizational needs; training, education, content sharing. What do you think of a netflix for our education system, EDUFLIX
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