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

CASE STUDY | Business Resilience

lead time

for transitioning all
teaching and learning
delivery to online


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


continued engaging with
lecturers and peers even
during campus closures


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.


About 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


Higher Education

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