Online Learning Awakens: This is the Way
It was about 20 years ago when I ventured into online learning by creating the first forum-based community for my school. Backed by only a 128Kbps-connection at that time, regular updates and discussions were held although not many were able to participate — in fact there were only like 50 of us out of hundreds. But the learning community thrived and we were able to even connect with other students from other parts of Malaysia and around the world. We benefitted, but only a handful of us.
That was the beginning of the mantra “Online learning is going to change the way we learn”. That was also the time when the government’s Multimedia Super Corridor master plan pushed for the establishment of Bestari Schools (Smart Schools), which was supposed to be the catalyst for 21st-century-like schools. But it never really lived up to its name and reputation. But at least, the initiatives that went together with Smart Education policies spurred our teachers to be more equipped with technological tools that enhance the way they teach.