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More Than Half of Students Think Malaysian Universities Provide Better Personalized Learning Than Other Regional Universities

KUALA LUMPUR – 15 NOVEMBER 2016 – Canvas by Instructure, (NYSE: INST), the open online learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, has revealed the results of a recent study, highlighting the importance of student centred learning amongst Malaysian university students.

The study, which surveyed more than 500 undergraduates from both public and private universities, found that 52% of Malaysian university students believe that their universities are providing them with modern technology that enables personalized learning, when compared with other universities in Asia Pacific (APAC) like Singapore and Hong Kong. The study provides a glimpse into the needs and demands of Malaysian university students, which is evolving from personalized learning to student centered learning.

Troy Martin, Director of APAC for Canvas, elaborates, “Our research suggests that Malaysian Universities have a good understanding of what undergraduates want from their learning experience, with 77% of its students saying that teaching methods are in tune with their learning styles. This is encouraging as personalized learning is evolving and giving way to student centered learning, focusing on the needs and wants of each student, preparing them for employability. At Canvas, we aim to enable student centred learning, allowing teachers to deliver outcome based self-directed learning, increasing student autonomy over time, skills that are imperative as each student prepares for today’s workforce.”

Student centred Learning – the link to employability
Martin was referring to the demands of today’s students that want the necessary skills integrated into their university courses to better prepare them for employability. With only 25% of university students saying that university courses are preparing them for employability, there is increasing pressure from students to ensure that their chances of employability are maximized upon graduation.

Martin explains, “The evolution from personalized learning to student centered learning is an inevitable one. Because learning at school is highly-structured and almost exclusively teacher-directed, there is a dichotomy to what these students experience when they enter the workforce. The world outside of school requires students to be able to self-direct their learning in low-structure environments that seasoned experts thrive in. If we think of student centered learning as a path that continually gives students more choice, control, and responsibility for the learning process, we'll see that we can adjust our teaching, our classrooms, and our students' expectations gradually.”

Malaysian Universities are at the center of this evolution and are on its way in leveraging the demands of today’s students, with emphasis on student centered learning. Already, 42% of students surveyed say that they have fast broadband access to support video interaction with tutors, and 41% say that they have access to virtual learning environments (VLE), both of which are necessary tools inculcating a student centered learning environment.

“Just like technology is the catalyst for student centred learning, student centred learning in turn, is the catalyst for employability. Our research has shown that employability after graduation is a crucial consideration for university students. It matters so much that 33% would pay extra to be certain their course was relevant to employers. It’s fortunate that their demands have not gone unnoticed, as 58% of students say that their universities provide them with the necessary tools to collaborate with potential employers. While this is encouraging, Canvas urges Malaysian educators to continue the journey from personalised learning to a more student centered learning approach, which will prepare students for today’s world of work,” said Martin.

Increasing demand for student centered learning
Martin’s observation on the evolution of personalized learning to student centered learning is confirmed with 65% of students indicating that their university courses play a vital role in increasing their chances of employment, putting the onus on Malaysian universities to empower students with the necessary skills and tools they need to adapt to today’s workforce upon graduation.

“We are encouraged that fundamentally, personalized learning is at the core for most university students in Malaysia, but as Malaysia moves towards its goal of being a developed nation by 2020, providing basic technology and internet access will no longer be sufficient to enable student centered learning. Student centered learning is an ecosystem of techniques and outcomes, which, through different teaching practices and environments, students can drive the outcomes and teachers drive self-directed learning, increasing autonomy of students over time. This closes the gap between high-structured, teacher-directed learning to a more independent, low-structured student centered one, ideally preparing students for working life. This is the focus at Canvas, where we change conventional understanding of how teachers and students work together so that, eventually, every student becomes a confident, capable, self-directed learner, able to adapt to the challenges of the modern world,” concluded Martin.

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Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 2,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher Ed and K-12, and Bridge for the corporate market at

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