Cracking the Code for Online Learning In Schools

Eddie Ang - Executive Director & General Manager, Corporate & Public Sector Business, Lenovo Asia Pacific

Commissioned by Lenovo and Microsoft, this study is helping people understand how educators, parents and students have adapted to online learning during the pandemic, what the real challenges are, and what solutions can be deployed to help make learning technologies more effective, says Eddie Ang, Executive Director & General Manager, Corporate & Public Sector Business, of Lenovo Asia Pacific.

Conducted by specialist firms YouGov and Terrapin across 12 markets in Asia Pacific during May 2021, the study examined nearly 3,400 students, parents and educators to understand their assessment of e-learning since the pandemic began, including 366 respondents in Malaysia, and explored how technology can further engage students and support learning.

As schools cross the one-year mark since the rapid shift to virtual classrooms, this new study has found that both students and educators see enormous potential in online learning, but are just beginning to enjoy its advantages. The biggest barriers to success in online learning have not been a lack of technology access, but low use of available solutions and social challenges stemming from extended periods of remote learning.

“With schools closed in many countries for the better part of 2020, educators, parents and students alike have grappled with new learning technologies.

“The role of technology has become a much-needed lifeline in enabling teaching and learning between students and educators today. Despite the challenges faced over the last year, we admire the resilience and adaptability students and educators have had as classrooms shifted from traditional set-ups to virtual environments. As we move forward, it is clear innovation will continue to transform learning experiences – and we remain committed in supporting the industry with the right tools and solutions so that they are equipped for the new age of education,” said Larry Nelson, Regional General Manager, Education, Microsoft Asia.

“The transition from face-to-face to online learning has been quite a journey for many schools. As an educator who has been a part of Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Bukit Indah’s transformation journey since 2018 and into online learning from last year, it is clear that technology has given us massive benefits. We must acknowledge that as students and teachers return to school in stages, teaching and learning will be completely different. Students and teachers must be able to adapt to a hybrid learning style by incorporating technology into their daily learning routines,” shared Mohd Fadzli bin Ishak, Assistant Director, Johor State Education Department.

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