How APU created engaging e-learning more efficiently with Easygenerator
APU needed to find a faster and more cost-effective way to fulfil the growing demand for online learning. Within 6 months of using Easygenerator, APU faculty were able to create 275 courses and 4 resources for more than 13,000 students.
APU
APU
APU
Industry
Higher Education
Employees
511
Headquarters
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Introduction

Founded in Kuala Lumpur in 1993, the Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) has become one of Malaysia’s premier universities with more than 400 awards under its belt. Today, APU teaches more than 13,000 students from 130 different countries. With a clear vision to be a leading university in technology and innovation, APU launched its Digital Learning Hub in 2021 to guide the university into adopting a hybrid learning model that combined in-person lectures (synchronous learning) and engaging e-learning courses (asynchronous, open and distance learning) for their international student body. That’s where Jonathan Kovilpillai comes in: after having spent more than a decade teaching at APU, he joined the Digital Learning Hub as Program Manager to provide his expertise and assistance in digital learning design to faculty members across departments. With limited time and resources to transform hundreds of courses into e-learning content, Jonathan set out to find a tool that could be easily adopted by his colleagues at APU to take the course creation process into their own hands.

Challenge

When the Digital Learning Hub launched in 2021, most online lessons at APU consisted of virtual streams of in-person lectures. However, as the pandemic made online classes the norm, the challenge for APU became how to make these online lessons more appealing and engaging for their students. The Digital Learning Hub thus began working with 8 university departments to turn lesson plans into e-learning content that students could access anytime, anywhere. In this initial phase, the Digital Learning Hub took a very hands-on approach, individually identifying which existing modules could be moved to an open and distance learning (ODL) model and then co-creating e-learning content with each faculty member. As more university departments requested the Digital Learning Hub’s assistance, however, it became impossible for the team to maintain its level of involvement in this process due to lack of time. Jonathan knew he needed to find an authoring tool with a low learning curve that would allow faculty members to create their e-learning content easily and quickly on their own.

Solution

When Jonathan stumbled upon Easygenerator’s Learning Objectives Maker, he decided to sign up for a free trial and play around with our platform. He was surprised when he realized that within just 3 hours he had been able to create a full lesson for his students – including the time it took him to learn his way around this new authoring tool. Almost immediately, he reached out to his fellow colleagues in the Digital Learning Hub and invited them to try the tool. Jonathan realized that if he could learn to use Easygenerator so quickly and easily, then anyone within the APU faculty would be able to as well.

Result
275
courses created in 6 months

In their first month alone, APU onboarded 100 authors to start creating their e-learning courses with Easygenerator. By enabling faculty members to take ownership of the e-learning content creation process, APU has eliminated the need to outsource to external vendors thus saving the university valuable time and money. For instance, when APU’s School of Foundation approached the Digital Learning Hub to transition one entire course from in-person lectures into an ODL model, the team introduced them to Easygenerator and they were able to create 180 hours of e-learning content in less than 5 weeks on their own, saving the university almost $10,000 by creating that content in-house. To date, within APU’s first 6 months of using Easygenerator, the faculty has created 275 courses and produced 4 resources, setting a new record in Easygenerator history.

Jonathan Kovilpillai
Program Manager, Digital Learning Hub
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