Malaysia resets its digital learning ambitions, leaning on tech leaders Apple, Google, Microsoft to introduce DELIMa Digital Learning Platform
By Digital News Asia June 16, 2020
- Offers apps and services required by teachers, students within Malaysian school system
- Averages 1.7 mil monthly active users to-date, encompassing 10k schools, 370k teachers
The Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) announced a refresh of its digital learning platform that is designed for teachers, students and educators. Called DELIMa, which stands for “Digital Education Learning Initiative Malaysia”, the platform is set up through collaboration with US tech leaders Google, Microsoft and Apple.
The new DELIMa platform offers applications and services that are required by teachers and students within the Malaysian school system, which includes digital learning enabling tech and resources such as Google Classroom, Microsoft O365 and Apple Teacher Learning Centre.
According to a press release, DELIMa is averaging 1.7 million monthly active users to-date, encompassing 10,000 schools, 370,000 teachers and 2.5 million students in the system. This, the press release notes, makes it one of the largest national deployments in the world.
The press release also states that the DELIMa platform was envisioned with three guiding tenets. The first is Platform Democratisation – digital learning made accessbile to all, while supporting a multi-technology ecosystem. Secondly, Lifelong Learning – which denotes student-centric experiences allowing for learning to take place any time.
Lastly is Digital Transformation – described simply as MOE’s commitment to the country’s future digital needs.
In conjunction with the DELIMa launch, a webinar attended by the national community of Malaysian educators was organised by MOE featuring a keynote by Dr. Habibah binti Abdul Rahim, Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Malaysia on distance learning and the new normal for Malaysian education. Country representatives from Google and Microsoft, along with an Apple Distinguished Educator, also touched on how technology is playing a vital role in Malaysia’s digital transformation.
“Education and skills development are the key drivers of overall recovery post-movement control. Whether we continue to adopt digital and distance learning, or embrace a hybrid schooling model, Google is committed to working with the Ministry of Education to keep Malaysia learning,” says Google Malaysia country head Mark Woo of the platform.
Adding to that, Microsoft Malaysia managing director K. Raman says: “The Malaysia Education Blueprint lays out access, quality, equity, unity and efficiency as the key aspirations for our education system. We have long been advocates for technology to enable and enhance education around the world.
“The integration of technology as seen through the launch of DELIMa is groundbreaking, both in terms of its scale and how uniquely it touches on every aspiration laid out in the Blueprint. This is the beginning of a truly monumental journey and Microsoft is proud to continue partnering with the Malaysian government to help future proof our students.”