PETALING JAYA: Over the last few decades, information and communication technologies (ICT) have played a significant role in our lives and also been widely and effectively used as a tool for teaching and learning.
While arguments have been raised that ICT may soon take over the role of teachers, this is surely not something to worry as teachers would, in fact, find their jobs greatly enhanced with the aid of ICT.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Broadway Group, Boon Tan (pix), ICT can play a significant role in enhancing administration, teaching delivery, knowledge sharing and also encouraging better student participation.
Also with e-learning, students will be able to ask questions and access materials from the comfort of their homes.
“Over the years, universities across the globe have allocated huge resources towards the development and implementation of online learning and teaching.
“In fact, in Malaysia, there are more than 500 open online courses being offered now compared to only about 60 when it was first introduced in 2015,” he said.
Unlike popular belief, he said, the use of educational technologies is not an expensive and complicated matter and schools can easily implement and adopt ICT into their everyday teaching and learning process.
“By using ICT in our education system, we can greatly enrich the learning experience for all our children and young people.
“Children these days already have a strong exposure to ICT and they would surely welcome it’s enhanced use as part of the education process,” he said.
By embracing ICT in their teaching methods, Boon said teachers can use it as a powerful, engaging and flexible tool to educate the young.
Apart from having access to an ocean of additional online educational content, educators will also be able to create new content and offer a range of approaches to learning.
Children will also be able to effectively collaborate online with others from across the world, which also provides them with the opportunity to make new friends and learn about different cultures.
“It is undeniable that excellent teaching would inevitably lead to excellent students and the use of ICT in schools is definitely the right step towards achieving this.
“Experts are already of the opinion that online learning is more popular and effective that traditional classroom teaching,” he said.
Malaysia is already equipped with a sound ICT infrastructure and efforts are ongoing to provide greater internet accessibility throughout the country.
With e-learning continuously evolving and growing, our students will soon be able to study just about anywhere and at any time.
ICT also helps make things more interesting and engaging for students apart from encouraging active participation in the classroom.
“This is important for increased knowledge retention and with ICT, different forms of technology can be used to experiment with and decide what works best for students.
“Also, with the use of e-learning, students can learn at their own pace and take time to review difficult subjects. It also provides more opportunities for struggling students,” added Boon.
As for teachers, he said they can opt to use numerous different applications and online resources to enhance their methods of teaching and keep students engaged.
Teachers can also save plenty of time by adopting virtual lesson plans and grading software. They can use this additional time to assist weaker students.
Overall, the use of e-learning is set to create a whole new classroom environment in which students can look forward to each day, he added.