Malaysia’s MOOCs attract over 6,000 students!

Founders meet with Malaysian Universities, officials after Malaysian University MOOCs on OpenLearning attracted over 6,000 students from 120 countries.

Dr. Jaafar bin Jantan (Ministry of Education), Adam Brimo (OpenLearning), Prof Mushtak Al-atabi (Taylor’s university), Prof Rozinah Jamaludin (Universiti Sains Malaysia), Prof Abd Karim Alias (Universiti Sains Malaysia), A/Prof Richard Buckland (UNSW)

SYDNEY, Australia – April 29 2014 – Recently an OpenLearning contingent took a trip to Malaysia to meet with Taylor’s University, Malaysia’s leading provider of quality MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Co-founders Adam Brimo and Richard Buckland spent a week in consultation with educators in order to discuss the future of online education in Malaysia.

With the help of OpenLearning, Taylor’s University ran Malaysia’s first MOOC in March of 2013, with incredible results. Taylor’s University now provides several free online courses on OpenLearning. Their most recent course, Global Entrepreneurship, led by Dean of Engineering Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, inspires thousands of students and develops the business and emotional skills necessary to start a business and raise crowd funding through Pozible.

Malaysian teachers and institutions provide OpenLearning’s second highest source of online education, only surpassed by Australia, OpenLearning’s birthplace. To date over 6,000 students from 120 countries have joined MOOCs from Taylor’s University on OpenLearning.

During their trip Adam and Richard also spoke with senior staff at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Sunway University to discuss their visions for online education and Richard gave invited lectures on inspiring student engagement and community. Richard Buckland and Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi spoke at Taylor’s University and USM about how Malaysia can take advantage of MOOCs to increase the quality of education for students in Malaysia and around the world. Adam delivered a lecture for Global Entrepreneurship and met with local and online students, some of whom travelled more than two hundred kilometres to be there.

Adam Brimo and Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi were interviewed on Malaysia’s most popular independent radio station, BFM. They spoke about OpenLearning, the future potential of Malaysian MOOCs, and ways to implement strategies to improve teaching quality across Malaysia and the greater global community of students.

Adam BrimoA/Prof Richard BucklandProf Mushtak Al-atabiPhoenix lum

OpenLearning’s representatives were honoured by the hospitality that they received, and by the huge level of interest in open education and improving teaching quality. They were delighted to meet with several key figures in Malaysia’s education system, including USM’s Vice Chancellor Professor Dato’ Omar Osman, Prof Abd Karim Alias, and Dr. Jaafar bin Jantan, a representative from the Education Ministry.

Due to Malaysia’s overwhelming and ongoing support, OpenLearning is considering selecting a Malaysian joint venture partner to propel our platform across Malaysian institutions.

OpenLearning is a dynamic and rapidly expanding Australian learning platform with a simple and effective philosophy – delight our students, make learning a pleasure. This approach is already proving its worth against comparable online learning portals. OpenLearning has over 32 times as many comments per student as Open2Study, and Professor Al-Atabi’s first MOOC had a completion rate of 25%, which is four times higher than the average completion rate of online learning giant Coursera.

OpenLearning is currently being used by 35,000 students worldwide offering a range of free to private courses across universities, individuals and enterprises.

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About OpenLearning

OpenLearning was founded to develop a platform that enables educators to teach the most effective, enjoyable and transformative online courses in the world. Our platform achieves these goals by promoting student autonomy and fostering a community of students who encourage, motivate and communicate with each other throughout the course. On average, courses on OpenLearning have 15-30 times more engagement than similar courses on other platforms such as Coursera and EdX.

The company is led by entrepreneur Adam Brimo (CEO), renowned educator University of New South Wales (UNSW) Associate Professor Richard Buckland and computer scientist David Collien (VP Engineering) and has attracted investment from Telstra/Muru-D and private investors in Australia and Switzerland. Based in Sydney, the company is focused on providing a delightful education experience for students worldwide and supporting open education through its innovative business model.

To date, courses on OpenLearning have attracted more than 45,000 enrolments from over 200 countries. In addition to institution such as UNSW, University of Canberra, Taylor’s University and Macquarie University, a range of companies from the United States, Australia and Europe trust the OpenLearning platform to teach students and staff worldwide through public or private online courses.