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UOW Malaysia KDU UC moves teaching and learning fully online during COVID-19 pandemic

Continuity of education delivery during COVID-19 campus closures
Continuity of education delivery during COVID-19 campus closures

6-weeks lead time

for transitioning all teaching and learning delivery to online

100% fully-online

delivery of all subjects, assignments, and where possible, assessments

3000+ students

continued engaging with lecturers and peers even during campus closures

100% increase

in platform usage by both academic staff and students across all campuses
In March 2020, the Malaysian government enforced a Movement Control Order (MCO) as a nationwide measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. This mandated the closure of public and private institutions of higher learning including UOW Malaysia KDU UC on short notice.

UOW Malaysia KDU UC needed an online solution to continue delivering teaching and learning for its 3000+ students and 180+ academic staff across all 3 Malaysian campuses.

With an existing OpenLearning portal subscription, UOW Malaysia KDU UC was well positioned to go fully-online through:

  • Pre-MCO Trial
    Academic staff and students tested a fully-online approach prior to the Malaysian MCO by running every lecture, tutorial, assignment and discussion on OpenLearning for 1 day.
  • A Central LMS
    All subjects delivered via its own online module on the university’s OpenLearning portal. Lecturers easily integrated other online tools and resources to supplement their teaching.
  • Teaching Guidelines
    Academic staff followed guidelines for converting face-to-face content to a format more suited for online to help manage the transition and maintain quality of education delivery.
  • Academic Support
    The university’s Teaching and Learning Centre functioned as a help centre for lecturers’ and students’ technical and pedagogical queries both before and during the transition.

UOW Malaysia KDU UC was able to quickly move teaching and learning operations online by integrating its existing OpenLearning LMS with other online systems. Moving forward, the university has drafted internal guidelines for more future-proof academic delivery, including guidelines for online assessments to be implemented across all 3 campuses nationwide.

UOW Malaysia KDU UC

Since 1983, UOW Malaysia KDU University College has provided quality private higher education through its modern campuses and vibrant industry-focused programmes. Previously known as KDU University College, the institution is now part of the University of Wollongong Australia’s global network.


Glenmarie, Damansara Jaya, Penang | Malaysia


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"We were able to quickly respond to campus closures and strategise our operations because we had a robust LMS like OpenLearning in place. Blended learning was already part of our strategy and our staff are resilient and adaptable to change. By using OpenLearning, our staff were further empowered for efficient engagement with students."
Professor Dr Hon Wei Min
Deputy Vice Chancellor - Academic UOW Malaysia KDU UC

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