i-Learning is the leading ICT-based educational product in Malaysia and it has helped many students to excel in the national UPSR, PT3 and SPM examinations. The product was first launched back in 1999 as an output learning programme also known as Score A.
In 2010, Score A has joined with i-Learning products developed by Prof Dr Hanafi Atan from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and marketed under the brand i-Learning. These products provide input learning (learning materials and activities) and output learning (activities of empowering and preparation for the exam) which uses the latest ICT technology. Since being on the market from 1999, this product has been shown to help generate thousands of students to acquire all ‘A’ in UPSR, PMR (now PT3) and SPM.
The 21st century learners have the following characteristics:
ICT literate and using multiple devices anytime everywhere
Immediate access to information
i-Learning is highly relevant, suitable and appropriate to the characteristics of 21st century learners. The learning will be effective, fun and enjoyable as all the eatures embedded within the system fit into their characteristics.
21ST CENTURY SKILLS
Apart from the knowledge and competency in the academic and subject matters learners nowadays require to be instilled with 21st century lifelong skills. These skills are important as they embark into the future and enter the workforce. The 21st century employers require workforce with 21st century skills to face the new and uture requirements and challenges.
i-Learning train students to acquire these skills. The features embedded into the system nurture students to acquire all the skills such as critical thinking, creative, effective collaboration and communication, ICT literate and to become effective independent long-life learners.
There are various ICT-based educational products available in the market for Malaysian school going students and they come in various format and features. However, i-Learning is the trusted brand and has proven to help thousands and thousands of students achieving excellent results in the UPSR, PMR and SPM examination.
ScoreA iteacher was launched back in 1999 and since then it has underwent many enhancements in terms of the features in line with the rapid changes and advancement of technologies as well as content revision to conform with the syllabus set forth by the Ministry of Education. It has since become the household brand as far as Malaysian ICT-based educational product is concerned.
DEVELOPED BY EXPERTS
i-Learning is the only ICT-based educational product that is developed by the educational expert. Unlike other products, which were developed on ad-hoc basis, the development of i-Learning is spearheaded by Prof Dr Hanafi Atan of Universiti Sains Malaysia and developed in systematic way following the standard and accepted instructional design principles.
Prof Dr Hanafi is a professor in e-learning and has contributed his expertise not only in USM but also at national level. He is currently the chairman of the e-learning council of Malaysian public universities e-learning coordinator for 2014-2016.
i-Learning has excellent track records and enormous testimonies from students who have excelled in their UPSR, PMR, PT3, and SMP examination especially those who have scored straight ‘As’.
Since the product was marketed in 1999, numerous launching was graced by number of VIPs at state levels as well as at national level. Dato Seri HIshammuddin Tun Hussien, then the Minister of Education also launched the product back in 2006.
2. PRE-LAUNCH BY TYT YANG DIPERTUA NEGERI P.PINANG AND MOUT WITH USM
The Pre-Launch ceremony of the ScoreA iteacher and the MOU between Kenshido International Sdn Bhd with USM was graced by the TYT yang Dipertua Negeri Pulau Pinang on Jan 2010.
3. LAUNCHING BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
The launching of ScoreA iteacher at National level was graced by the YAB Dato Seri Najib Tun Abd Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia on 8 July 2011 at the main hall, UiTM, Shah Alam.
The Output Learning system aims at preparing students with the examinations so that students acquire the necessary skills and strategies to excel in their exams. At the same time, the system provide the monitoring system for the parents so that parents can track all the activities undertaken by the students. The system is proven very effective with thousands and thousands having achieved excellent results in their examinations.
The output learning consists of the following features:
i-Topic consists of objective questions specially developed for a particular topic. It aims at assessing students’ understanding and comprehension towards the learning materials related to that topics. At the same time, i-Topic also serve to enhance and strengthen students’ understanding of the concepts within the topics via the feedback and automatic scores generated by the system as soon as the student submitted their answers. The number of questions for a topics made available within the system is comprehensive and highly sufficient for a particular topic.
i-Assessment consists of selected questions developed specifically for a particular chapter. The aims to assess students’ understanding of the learning materials for the entire chapters and prepared themselves sufficiently for the monthly test, mid or end of the semester examinations or end of the year examinations. There are several set of questions. For each attempt on the set, student will be posed with a different set questions. The uniqueness of the i-Assessment is that it consists set of questions with increasing level of difficulties. Student can only progressed to the next level once they achieved 80% mark and above. In other word, students must repeat the i-Assessment activities at the same level of mastery but with different set of questions until they acquired the level of mastery set forth by that particular level. In this way, students are assessed accurately depending on their level of mastery.
i-Past Year consists of the actual UPSR, PMR and SPM examination questions from year 2002-2013. These questions are updated within the system as soon as the national examinations ended. The purpose of i-Past Year is create the actual examination environment to the students. There is a build-in timer for each session to mimic the actual examination setting. Students are not able to answer the questions anymore when the time allocated to answer the questions ended. In this way, students can feel the actual examination situation and take cues in terms of the time taken to answer the questions as well as the strategies involved in maximizing the examination performances
i-Trial Examination provides various set of examination model questions that mimic the actual UPSR, PMR and SPM examinations. The format and quality of the questions are almost similar to that of the actual examinations. When undertaking the trial examination questions, students can evaluate their performances and hence predict their actual performances in the examinations. The scores given to the students by the system provides an indication of the skills acquired by student in preparing for the examinations. Repeated usage of the system will enhance students’ self-confidence in the examination and ensure the students achieve excellent in the examinations.
i-Progress is a monitoring system for parents. Parents can monitor the progress of their students in a specific time frame. After log-in, parents have the provision to track the student progress via the scores the students achieved when undertaking all the activities within the output learning system. These includes the score in i-Topic, i-Assessment, i-Past year and i-Trial Exam In this way, parents are provided with the evolution of students progress as the learning progresses. Parents can also undertake appropriate intervention to enhance students participation in the system and to improve their performances.
i-Report card is a reporting system for the parents. The objective is for the parents to have all the information about the activities undertaken by the students within the system. The information made available are the type of activities, scores and time taken to complete the activities. In this way, parents can monitor the level of students participation as well as their performances across specific time frame. Appropriate interventions can be undertaken by parents to enhance students’ performances when necessary.
In the input learning system, students are provided with comprehensive contents. There are plethora of colorful pictures, graphics and illustrations in the contents. These would make learning fun and interesting. The learning materials are designed based on the accepted instructional design principles and learning theories. There are also links that would bring students to other selected Internet resources. In this way, students can learn in greater details and obtained different perspectives of the subject
The main feature of input learning system is the i-Learning. It is an avatar with human character and with high degree of realism. The i-Learning can be made to pop-up in a different window or can be hidden when not required. The capabilities of the i-Learning is that it can provide instantaneous feedback to all questions posted to them. The feedback is designed based on the common questions posed by students in the classroom. In this way, i-Learning acts as a virtual teacher to the students and enable students to feel the actual learning environment with virtual teacher always on the students’ side to assist them in their learning activities and available anytime when required.
Power point presentation is the summary presentation of a topic with a chapter. It summarizes the entire topic in an animated presented with audio narration. The presentation stresses on the important concept, issues and idea of the whole topics.
Such presentations provide students with the summary of knowledge to achieve the stipulated learning objectives of that particular topic. Its function is analogous to the presentation of teachers in the class room. But unlike the presentation by teacher in the classroom, these presentations can be repeated many times until the students truly understand the concept learned. In total there are 886 power point presentations and on average, each presentation consists of 10-15 slides with the duration of presentation between 20-30 minutes.
The animations were developed specifically as effective learning objects for science subjects. With these animations, students can interact with the learning objects and control the variables themselves and observe the different processes/phenomena occurring when the variables are manipulated. In this way, students have the hand-on experiences and enable them to immerse into the experiment just like in the actual environment in the real world. These immersive animations help to enhance students’ understanding of scientific concepts. At the same time. links to external animations are also provided so that students have the access to specially selected animations to further deepened their understandings.
The quizzes are provided at the end of the topics as self-assessments for the students. It consisted of large number of questions pertain to the particular topics with the aims of providing indications as to how much students have learned. The students can repeat the quizzes as many times as they like and there will be different sets of questions for each session. The quizzes provide automatic scores and feedback as to how to arrive at the solutions. In this way, students will learn on the mistakes they made and made appropriate improvements.
For some of the subjects, there are interactive contents made available to the students. The interactive contents include ‘Drag and Drop”, “Matching”, “Hot Spot”, “Brain Teaser”, etc. The interactive contents provide new learning experiences to students and enhancing their understanding of the subject matter.
The learning materials and activities made available within i-Learning complied with the syllabus set forth by Malaysian Ministry of Education. The system incorporated the learning materials and activities that conformed with the old KBSR dan KBSM syllabus. At the same time, the system also provide the learning materials and activities that conformed with the new Curriculum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR) and Curriculum Standard Sekolah Menengah (KSSM) syllabus and these new syllabus are made available according to their years of implementation.
For Standard 1 – Standard 6, the learning materials and activities prepared are for students in Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina), SKJ(C). For Form 1 – Form 5, the learning materials and activities are for students in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK). All syllabuses are compiled and set forth by Malaysian Ministry of Education.
The system also has the old KBSR and KBSM syllabus as well as the newly implemented KSSR and KSSM syllabus. Students have the opportunity to access learning materials and activities of both syllabuses.
For the teaching of Science and Mathematics, PPSMI as well MBMMBI syllabus are both incorporated in the system
The learning materials and activities made available within i-Learning encompassing all levels of Malaysian educational system as follows:
Standard 1 – Standard 6
Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina,SRJK(C) Form 1 – Form 3
Sekolah Kebangsaan (Menengah Rendah) Form 4 – Form 5
Sekolah Kebangsaan (Menengah Atas)