The year is rounding to a close and we’re gearing up for a strong start to 2019. But first, a recap: here are some of our memorable moments and milestones from this year.
OpenLearning by Numbers: An Infographic
Memorable Course Moments
- Water Safety Basic Training Course
Over a year ago, we collaborated with Universiti Putra Malaysia to produce an online course on staying safe around bodies of water. This year, the course has been made into a prerequisite for the Malaysian Swimming Teacher certification! As course creator, Dr. Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden says: “You don’t have to be a driver to learn about road safety. Similarly, you don’t have to be a swimmer to learn about water safety.”
- Internet of Things (IoT) Course
This year, one course saw the enrolment of over 5,000 students in less than 6 months! The University of Technology Sydney partnered with OpenLearning to produce this introductory IoT course that can be completed in 3-5 hours.
- Introduction to Ecotourism Course
Ecotourism is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. This year, we partnered with Charles Sturt University to explore an introductory course in ecotourism and what it means to run an ecotourism enterprise.
Major Achievements for OpenLearning
- Onward, to Singapore! OpenLearning has successfully ventured into Singapore as a third market this year and were excited to have exhibited the platform at EduTech Asia 2018.
- Our Help Community page was launched this May, giving users the chance to learn from each other, as well as our team.
- The platform was recently migrated to Microsoft Azure, along with faster loading times and improved features.
- We successfully hosted our second annual conference, The OpenLearning Conference 2018: Scaling Quality Education, which connected 220+ educators, researchers, policymakers and industry players from around the world to learn and share best practices in education.
- We launched our online continuous professional development portal for Australian teachers, Teach.com.au:
- We launched Portfolios and Talent Search, the dynamic new features on OpenLearning which connect learning outcomes to job opportunities, and talent to employers. With these features, OpenLearning is the complete lifelong learning solution—taking learners from education to employment.
- The OpenLearning Mobile App was re-launched this year with improved on-the-go features.
Most Searched-for Courses
Course creators, take note! Here’s what learners were looking for in 2018:
- Graphic Design
- International Business
- Office Software
- Health and Wellness
- Strategic Management
- XML Programming
- OpenLearning Australia has welcomed a new Managing Director, Cherie Diaz. Cherie was featured in a Glass Ceiling podcast this October:
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- In the Kuala Lumpur office, we welcomed Danial Rahman as the new Head of Growth for OpenLearning Global. The Growth team strategises, experiments with and jumpstarts opportunities for platform growth. In his free time, Danial is a monthly columnist with The Star, Malaysia’s #1 English daily, and a proud cat-owner 😺
- Our CEO and Founder Adam Brimo was recognised for his achievements by the Pearcey Foundation in the 2018 NSW Tech Entrepreneur Awards.
- Adam was also appointed as a CEO@Faculty Programme host for the second time around, this time linking with lecturers from Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Sabah).
The OpenLearning Family
It’s been an exciting year for us at OpenLearning, with the release of several new platform updates and features.
Here are just a few of the memories that we’ve made as a team along the way:
All of us (as well as this year’s Fluffy Additions to the OpenLearning family) would also like to wish you a Happy New Year:
Thank you for being on this journey with our global community as we reach towards our mission of increasing access to quality education, worldwide. We can’t wait to share 2019 with you!
Feel free to share your highs and lows from 2018 in the comments section below, or even let us know what your hopes are for the coming new year—we always welcome feedback and would love to hear from you. Happy New Year!