Blackboard, a leading global Education Technology (EdTech) company has seen an increase in the
move towards online learning, a trend that started before Covid-19, but which has been further
accelerated by the ongoing pandemic.
Mr. Philip Murray, Regional Vice President Asia, said Blackboard’s mission is to advance learning by
enabling higher education institutions to continue to provide instruction to their students, even while
Malaysia continues to struggle with the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis.
“Allowing learners to have access to ongoing higher education, regardless of location, and to have continued learning that creates personalized experiences during times of disruption, such as the ongoing pandemic, is mission critical,” commented Mr. Murray while addressing media at a regional briefing this week.
Blackboard reported a 39% increase in mobile app use in 2020, a 400% jump in the deployment of its
pioneering online teaching and learning platform, Blackboard Learn, and a massive 4800% increase in
the use of its virtual classroom solution, Blackboard Collaborate.
“We are currently working with a range of organisations within Asia Pacific that are successfully
harnessing the technological capabilities of platforms such as Blackboard to transform the way they
develop, share and deliver curriculums online between educators and students,” said Murray. “While
Malaysia is already heading in this direction, there is no doubt the onset of the global pandemic last
year triggered a rapid acceleration of this trend.”
As the global pandemic began to take hold during 2020, the Malaysian Ministry of Education
announced a new initiative to support online learning called DELIMa (Digital Education Learning
Initiative Malaysia). Malaysia has the infrastructure in place to support this initiative, with internet
users representing 84% of the total population and 97% of them accessing the internet via a mobile
This was supported by data from research consultancy Ken Research indicating that the EdTech
Market in Malaysia is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 16.1% from 2019 to 2023 with a value of over
MYR8billion (US$2billion). This does not include accelerated growth stimulated by the Covid-19
pandemic. The Malaysian Government is aiming for the country to be a global education hub and a
has a target to enroll 250,000 international students annually by 2025.
Mr Murray said Blackboard expected Malaysia to continue its transition to online learning with
exciting new capabilities now on the horizon, which will further enhance the way administrators,
faculty, students, and parents experience personalization.
“While universities will clearly retain a ‘bricks and mortar’ presence, and in some cases, institutions
may return to what they were doing prior to the pandemic, others may decide to go fully online.
However, there are also significant options for hybrid models,” said Murray. “We predict the migration
to online learning and teaching to further gather pace in Malaysia. With remote learning being the
future of education, it certainly has a critical part to play,” he concluded.