Digital Education Show Asia 2014This year marks the second year eLC Services Sdn Bhd participated as an exhibitor in the Digital Education Show Asia 2014 (DESA) held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on 27th & 28th May. This event is the premier educational technology industry expo and conference where key stakeholders and decision makers from Asia's public and private schools and universities come together to discuss and find the latest technologies to improve student learning engagement and environment by utilising the current technologies and methodology.
The opening ceremony was graced by YB Tuan P Kamalanathan a/l P. Panchanathan, Deputy Minister of Education II, Malaysia, and he spoke about "Students And 21st Century Skills: Leading School Transformation To A Digital Ecosystem."
Many staff got theirBeing officially endorsed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, and Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia, Digital Education Show Asia 2014 is the leading event that features the best in technology innovation for the education sector, examining how technology can be applied to broaden education's reach and increase learning impact. It's about harnessing technology in new ways to make learning more productive and interesting. desired gifts from their Secret Santas through the hands of our CEO Mr. William Chua & COO Mr. Ryan Foo.
There is an increased involvement from both local and overseas exhibitors, as well as a greater number of visitors comparatively to last year. More than 60 technology vendors and more than 100 educators participated and conducted seminars and conferences on issues relating to the use of technology in the classroom, virtual classroom, including serious games in e-learning, use of interactive smartboards and smartTV for teaching, creating a virtual learning environment etc. There are also exhibitors from Taiwan, Korea and Australia that enriched this year's event.
Free seminars were made available for walk in visitors, with speakers from all around the world, sharing their knowledge and experience on issues relating to the use of technology in the classroom. We found most of the seminars interesting and through the speakers, we were able to see e-learning from different angles and perspectives, and learn the trends and happenings in the other parts of the globe.
Ryan, our COO, had the opportunity to speak in one of the seminar slots held on the first day during the event. His topic was entitled 'Back to Basics: Instructional Design still RULE!' He emphasised that instructional design always comes first before the content, as learning happens not with the content but with how the content is conveyed.
Suresh, our Senior Consultant, also shared on "The 4 Pillars for eLearning" on the second day. The 4 Pillars to develop an engaging and interactive courseware were Instructional Design, Authoring Tools, Graphical Design and the Learning Management System. He emphasised that beyond simply knowing what the pillars were, it was critical to understand your resources, target audience as well as the objectives that needed to be achieved through the developed eLearning courseware.
Many people showed interests and approached us to inquire on our products and services. Amongst these people were lecturers, teachers, eLearning activists, business owners, etc.
In Malaysia, there is an increasing awareness and focus on effective education technologies. We can see vast potential in our Malaysian education system as it is still gradually getting exposed to more information and technologies, extending the possibilities of our education development. We are excited to know what more we can do and see what’s coming up next in the eLearning industry.
The event came to a successful close on 28th May with two lucky winners from the educational sector walking away with brand new iPad Minis from our lucky draw. They not only shared their wisdom and knowledge with us, but also their exhilaration. We hope all our visitors bring back new and innovative solutions for their learning needs after this event.
"There is a great amount of interest shown in this exhibition in the use of new tools/technologies in creating learning content which is an encouraging sign for the road ahead." commented Jason Queck, Business Development Assistant Manager, eLC Services Sdn Bhd.
After working hard, it is time to chill and relax together for eLCians and is heartening to spend some time with our colleagues from both offices. Teamwork is very important in eLC culture and we look forward to have the same success in other events we will participate together in the near future.