Assistance from Apple, Google and Microsoft to Help Education Ministry Relaunch Digital Learning Platform

Published by on Jun 17, 2020, 05:02 pm

Kuala Lumpur, 16 June - Education has been severely disrupted due to the pandemic, but this accelerated the adoption of digital learning with teachers utilizing technology to engage with students at home. To help with this effort, the Ministry of Education has collaborated with tech giants Google, Microsoft and Apple to revamp its year-old digital learning platform DELIMa.

The platform is said to offer applications and services to teachers and students for digital learning. It comes down to a matter of choice for educators as they can opt to use Google Classroom to create classes, distribute assignments and communicate with students. Those who are more familiar with Microsoft Office can use Microsoft 365 as it grants students and teachers access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Microsoft.

DELIMa will also provide teachers and students access to additional content from the National Library, the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Unicef and Digi. This would include digital books, media and material on various topics. Speaking during the virtual launch of DELIMa, Education director-general Dr Habibah Abdul Rahim said the revamp was done to bring together the multiple services and applications from the three tech giants as a single experience for teaching and learning online.

The MOE said it has encouraged teachers and students to use DELIMa, which stands for “Digital Education Learning Initiative Malaysia”, since the onset of the movement control order on 16 March. According to the MOE, DELIMa has an average of 1.7 million monthly active users to-date, encompassing 10,000 schools, 370,000 teachers and 2.5 million students in its system.

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