Growth of online learning during the pandemic


Izah Azahari

The e-learning and educational technology industry has seen meteoric growth in K-12 and tertiary education during the COVID-19 pandemic, where institutions that traditionally taught face-to-face have been forced to switch online using various technological tools such as learning management. Systems (LMS), virtual tutoring and videoconferencing to ensure continuity of student learning.

Center Director of SEAMEO Voctech Alias ​​bin Haji Abu Bakar explained how the training was designed to ensure that educators are better prepared to implement the LMS in their training, to overcome the challenges posed to the teaching and learning that has resulted in unprepared and ineffective online teaching and learning management. , professional development and support for teachers in the use and implementation of technology and pedagogy in the online classroom.

He said this as the regional TVET hub, SEAMEO Voctech, concluded its final virtual regional training program for the exercise by honoring 23 participants from 10 SEAMEO countries – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Republic of Indonesia, Lao PDR , Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam – with certification for completing training on “Effective Application of Learning Management System in Online Teaching and Learning”.

Lao PDR Board Member, Deputy Director General of Technical and Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR Saykham Phantavong was the guest of honour.

Deputy Director of Administration Pengiran Haji Mohamad Sufri bin Pengiran Ali; Instructional designer and content editor and course coordinator, Dr. Foo Sze Yeng, and other SEAMEO Voctech executives and managers were also present. The training program has been designed with these issues in mind, with the expectation that teachers, lecturers, instructors and leadership personnel will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and mindset to a competent online digital teacher and will be able to make the right and best choice when it comes to stabilizing, planning, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating their LMS, and its effective application in teaching and learning. e-learning,” Alias ​​said.

During the training, participants were able to acquire new knowledge through sessions with experts from different fields and share their knowledge and skills with peers with diverse experiences, to help them develop professionally as educators and implementers of LMS in their institutions.

Lao PDR Board Member and Guest of Honor Saykham Phantavong, SEAMEO Voctech Deputy Director of Administration Pengiran Haji Mohamad Sufri bin Pengiran Ali, Center Director Alias ​​bin Haji Abu Bakar, Course Coordinator Dr Foo , Management Dr Priah and Ariffin with course participants. PHOTO: SEAMEO VOCTECH

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