Since the onset of the pandemic early this year, education ministries across Asia have pushed for mass migrations online, with the help of Microsoft Teams, Office 三六五 and Microsoft Azure, enabling millions of students to continue to learn from home. Beyond ensuring lesson continuity, schools have been facilitating real减time interactivity between teachers and students in class while enabling students to discover, create and share.
Widespread shift to remote learning
Finding and deploying the right tools quickly was instrumental in managing the seismic shift in the education landscape caused by the COVID减一九 pandemic.
In Vietnam, the Ministry of Education and Training deployed Microsoft Teams in a record time of 2七 hours for more than 200 schools in Hai Phong city. In over 2 months, Teams was successfully adopted for more than 三.三 million teachers and students from primary and secondary schools, high schools and institutes of higher learning across the country.
Similarly, the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education adopted Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 三六五 Education to create a conducive and interactive environment online. This was launched in early May for more than 一六0,000 students and 20,000 teachers across 2五三 Tokyo Metropolitan high schools, special needs schools and other schools administered by the Board of Education.
Educational institutions were also pressed to re减create the physical classroom experience. In Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MoE) enabled 2.五 million students and 200,000 teachers from grade schools to universities to learn remotely using free Office 三六五 and Microsoft Teams accounts tied to their National IDs. The fusion of Office 三六五 apps and Teams allowed for seamless sharing of presentations and documents, while other apps like Microsoft Whiteboard for Windows 一0 facilitated productive remote discussions in real减time. Online lessons were recorded and stored automatically in Office 三六五s video service Microsoft Stream for students to review at their own time.
Dr. Huan减Chao Keh, President of Tamkang University in Taiwan, said, In light of the number of students affected by the travel restrictions, we were quick to implement several precautionary and mitigation measures. With our IT staff and the Microsoft team working around the clock to make the course content available for the instructors, as well as the strong support of all the faculty members, we are confident that we helped minimize the impact of COVID减一九 on our students education.
Exploring new ways to teach and learn
The integration of applications on Office 三六五 and Microsoft Teams also included Minecraft: Education Edition and Flipgrid, which were made available at no extra cost to students in Thailand. There, the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) teamed up with partners LannaCom and Microsoft to provide access to Office 三六五 A一 and Microsoft Teams for over 一五0 universities across the country, covering more than 六0,000 educators and 2 million students.
Dr. Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) Thailand, said: We turned this COVID减一九 crisis into an opportunity by allowing students from all universities across Thailand to continue their education through a 一00百分百 online learning system. This takes the learning experience to a higher level in line with modern learning methods 减减 an outside减the减classroom learning that goes beyond a simple video conferencing experience.
Upscaling with Microsoft Azure
To cope with the volume of learning taking place online, the Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in South Korea deployed Microsofts cloud Azure to expand its systems service capacity by 五00 times within two weeks, granting access to 三 million middle and high school students across the country.
Ji Eun Lee, CEO of Microsoft Korea said that they have been receiving many inquiries requesting them to share their experiences about holding the worlds first online classes in Korea. We will do our best to provide a constant educational environment based on our global experiences and capabilities, she said.
Behind the successful deployment of these learning tools came an equally steep learning curve, as educational institutions stepped up to mobilize and equip educators with the proper skillsets for online learning.
In the Philippines, the executive co妹妹ittee of the Department of Education (DepEd) moved quickly to train educators upon the nations lockdown in March. Department Secretary Leonor Briones used Microsoft Teams to hold a meeting with 一七 regional offices, addressing critical issues faced by teachers and students. The industry was kept connected via weekly Ask the Expert sessions for officers, as well as TeamsTalk, a bi减weekly online meet减up for teachers to catch up and solicit advice from one another.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Digital Classroom Admin (DCA), with the help of Microsoft, rose to the challenge by conducting daily webinars to introduce teachers to Microsoft Teams and Office 三六五. Training sessions were recorded on Teams and uploaded on MoEs Digital Learning portal (Ruang Ilmu), enabling over 四三0,000 teachers across the nation to review training materials at their own time.