OpenLearning and Taylor’s University ignite MOOCs across Malaysia!

(Left to Right): Lim Chee Leong, head of the e-Learning Academy at Taylor’s University; Dr Tang Siew Fun, director-intellect, Taylor’s University; Professor Dr Rodziah Omar, deputy secretary general, Ministry of Education; Professor Dr Hassan Said, Vice Chancellor and president, Taylor’s University; Adam Brimo, founder and CEO of OpenLearning.com; and Professor Dr Mushtak Al-Atabi, Dean, Taylor’s School of Engineering; witnessing Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, launching the Taylor’s MOOCs. – Image credit Digital News Asia: http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/taylors-rolls-out-new-free-interactive-moocs#sthash.WXcYaBpq.dpuf

OpenLearning co-founders Adam Brimo and Richard Buckland recently visited Malaysia to join Malaysian Education Minister Il, Dato’ Seri Idris bin Jusoh and Vice-Chancellor Prof Dato’ Hassan in officially launching Taylor’s University new MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) portal and six new MOOCs.

Taylor’s University, the leading provider of MOOCs in Malaysia invited OpenLearning to attend the formal launch of their new OpenLearning portal. The portal provides direct access to all MOOCs created and run by lecturers from the university.

The Malaysian Minister of Education II Dato’ Seri Idris bin Jusoh, delivered an inspiring speech that laid out his vision for the future of education in Malaysia, emphasing the key themes of ‘balance’ and ‘excellence’. The Minister went on to formally announce the launch of Taylor’s University’s OpenLearning portal. Local students, professors and the media were invited to attend the event, which was streamed live around the world.

Malaysia has become a key market for OpenLearning after the success of Taylor’s University’s courses, which have attracted over 6000 students from 150 countries since March 2013. OpenLearning is now in discussions with lecturers, universities and companies across Malaysia on how to improve the quality and equality of education.

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, the Dean of Engineering at Taylor’s University and a pioneer of MOOCs in Malaysia, has attracted over 1500 students worldwide to his latest course: Global Entrepreneurship. The course connects students from around the world, giving them the opportunity to form a team, create a business and raise funding for their projects through a partnership with Pozible, a leading crowd-funding platform.

During their time in Malaysia, OpenLearning also had the pleasure of announcing their much-anticipated MOOC on creating a great MOOC, run by Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi and UNSW (University of New South Wales) A/Professor Richard Buckland. The MOOC teaches educators how to structure, create and run an effective MOOC by focusing on student engagement, content development and peer support. Both professors currently run successful MOOCs on OpenLearning with over 16,500 students and Prof Mushtak’s first MOOC achieved a completion rate of 25%, which is four times higher than the average completion rate of Coursera.

OpenLearning was impressed by the hospitality and support they received while in Malaysia and is looking to work with partners in the region to improve online education. After winning the Ed:Spark 2014 conference sponsored by Optus Innov8, Adam Brimo and OpenLearning VP of Engineering, David Collien, will head to Singapore for the Echelon 2014 Conference in June.