What you need to know about eKelas in 2019
On 17 January, students from all over the country embarked on their fun and experiential learning journey of 2019 with Maxis’ eKelas. The first week of Term 1 saw a total of 1,300 students attend an orientation through the Live Tutorial classes.
Here’s what you need to know about eKelas in 2019:
- New age groups.. more friends!
Since its inception, eKelas was available to Form 1, 2 and 3 students. This year, we wanted to reach out to even more students and communities across Malaysia, so we’re excited that eKelas has now expanded to Year 6, Form 4 and 5. It also gives an opportunity for students in the critical examination years of UPSR, PT3 and SPM to leverage eKelas to prepare for these exams with access to a wide range of content on the portal and live tutorials.
- Even more locations!
We started with five locations in 2015. We ended 2018 with 55. Now, we have added 17 new Pusat Internet from six states to join the eKelas family. This means eKelas is now operating in 72 Pusat Internet across 10 states around the nation! We are super excited at how eKelas is spreading across the country.
- Greater interaction, participation, engagement!
At the end of 2018, we introduced eCikgu, a brand new feature in the eKelas portal that helps students connect with teachers via a chat forum. Now they can have greater interaction, participation and engagement with teachers and their classmates. In 2019, eCikgu will be incorporated into students’ weekly learning schedule that will see these sessions conducted on alternate weeks from the live tutorial classes.
- Smart partnership with the Ministry of Education
In 2019, we formed a smart partnership with the Division of Sports and Arts Education (Ministry of Education). The partnership places eKelas as an outreach initiative under the Ministry’s Highly Immersive Programme to improve the English proficiency of students through increased immersion and usage. This means eKelas students will be awarded co-curricular marks for participation or achievements that is recognized by the Ministry of Education through eKelas’ English language competitions. Apart from their academic grades, co-curricular marks awarded to students will help in their university applications in the future. This is part of our efforts to leave an impact on students, long after they graduate from the eKelas family.
Bringing Digital Learning To The Community
Imagine enabling What’s Next in education to school students in rural and urban poor areas of Malaysia – where distance is not a barrier and students have access to experienced teachers and education content. Amazing isn’t it? And that’s what our new community programme, eKelas is all about.
Maxis eKelas is an after-school digital learning initiative that aims to improve the academic performance of students in rural and urban communities. Its focus is on three subjects - Science, Mathematics and English - from Year 6 up to Form 5. eKelas offers a combination of live tutorials, group learning and interactive digital content which is in line with the Malaysian School Syllabus. The programme is delivered at Pusat Internet, which are MCMC-run Internet Centres that serve as digital hubs for communities in underserved areas. Since its launch, eKelas currently has more than 4,000 students in terms of class population as well as those interacting within the eKelas portal.
Learning in a fun and vibrant way
With eKelas, we want to expose the students to new ways of learning. Besides connecting the students to experienced teachers via live tutorial sessions, the students learn through group projects, videos and competitions. But eKelas is not just about live tutorials, it is also about building the confidence for these students and that is why we have fun and engaging activities such as motivational talks and holiday camps.
We had the first holiday camp for eKelas students in March 2016. 60 excited students travelled to Kuala Lumpur for a two-day, educational and fun-filled camp. We brought them to Petrosains Discovery Centre; Twin Towers observation deck on Level 86; organized a video production workshop with popular tech blogger Amanz, and an up-close-and-personal session with our management team. The students were given hands-on learning experience on science and technology; made their own electrical lanterns from scratch, and each team collaborated to produce a short video which was then judged by Maxis employees.
The second eKelas Holiday Camp, which took place from 21-23 November 2018, saw 100 of the most dedicated eKelas students from 24 Pusat Internet (PIs) nationwide flying into the capital to participate in fun activities, interactive workshops, a visit to Petrosains in KLCC, as well as engagements with teachers and fellow eKelas students from all over the country. As part of Maxis’ partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), this Holiday Camp was run at UKM’s campus for the first two days.