I REFER to the article “Ambitious 1BestariNet flawed from the start” by Hazlina Aziz (NST, Nov 9). The use of teaching aids, such as Moodle or Frog VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), helps educators and consumers make teaching and learning more flexible.
However, because of some of the requirements of the national educational transformation programme , some changes had to be implemented.
Previously Moodle was the most appropriate, but Malaysian schools turned to Frog VLE, which was included in the planning and transformation of education systems here.
The Moodle software is free. Moodle is open source, and so has no licensing fees and the initial cost of preparation does not in volve high costs.
For someone skilled in providing software settings (plugins), Moodle is the best solution but it does require staff and support staff who are experts or adept at setting software.
Staff and users are encouraged to be given exposure and training to enable its use.
Frog VLE is a learning platform that uses cloud-based computing (cloud), which allow administrators, managers, teachers and students to implement them into the school environment.
Frog VLE can be navigated by using browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer.
It can also be used as a basis for a learning environment aimed at self-directed learning Its use in schools will improve teaching and learning in a safe environment.
With a diversity of functions, the use of any software support for teaching and learning is very challenging.
Changes in work processes, different needs, sources of expertise, resources and limited knowledge of skills are a great challenge with any software used for teaching and learning.
Adjustment of a school’s culture to technology is also a factor in meeting the challenges and aspirations of existing systems. Educators and users should be open and ready to maximise the use of teaching aids.
Enforce the use of information and communication technologies into all of educational processes at schools and make them a part of everyday community life.