In a report from Agence France-Presse, e-learning courses are becoming popular in Malaysia, China and South Korea as well as in India. Malaysia has approximately 85,000 people in education during the last 12 months, with this taking place within traditional universities and distance learning online within web-based organisations.
AFP suggest that the growth of e-learning is linked to the levels of web access. Sixty percent of Malaysians have access to the Internet. Nielsen, a leading global information and analytics provider revealed that digital consumers surveyed in Malaysia spend on average 19 hours and 48 minutes online each week, the most time spent with any media.
“The Internet has now become an essential tool and is truly ingrained in many Malaysians’ everyday lives and activities. Close to half of (49%) netizens in Malaysia use laptops to surf the Internet, but the availability of Internet-connected mobile devices have increased the online dependency,” said Luca Griseri, Director of Customised Research, Client Services in Nielsen Malaysia.
Ishan Abeywardena, an information technology teacher at Northern Malaysia’s Wawasan Open University, said that virtual learning environments can be beneficial for quieter students. He pointed out that students can be considerably bolder when participating in e-learning than when they are in a classroom, where they might be too shy to engage with their peers or ask their teachers questions.
Within e-learning, “everyone is a front-row student”, the educator declared.
Furthermore, distance learning online enables youngsters to use iPads, smartphones and other contemporary gadgets to support their education. As a result, academics claim that this encourages a more active engagement with course materials than that seen within traditional classrooms.