This blog post is from our themed series on Malaysian Contentpreneurship in conjunction with the upcoming Malaysian national day celebrations.
Have you ever watched a video by your favourite YouTuber without clicking the ‘Skip Ad’ button? Or subscribed to an independent online magazine? Or funded a podcast channel on Patreon?
If you have done any of these things, then you’ve supported the work of a Contentpreneur!
Contentpreneurs often share valuable, original content that others are willing to invest their time, money, or other resources into to support the continuation of their work—either as consumers, or partners.
This makes Contentpreneurship one of the most rewarding ways of turning skills, knowledge, and experiences into a product that enables positive transformation of some sort: whether it’s to save lives, empower fresh graduates, or even to tackle the sticky issue of unemployment.
As our Malaysian community approaches its national day celebrations, we thought it would be a great time to share our appreciation for the valuable contributions and innovative work of a few Malaysian Contentpreneurs. These education changemakers are transforming lives by offering their expertise in the form of online courses on OpenLearning.
Empowering Malaysia’s Graduates through Online Self-Development Courses
Meet Norizan Sharif, Content Creator and CEO of Enescorp International Sdn Bhd.
Norizan has 28 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors, with a special interest in empowering our youth. Currently based in New York, Norizan is the founder of MyCareerDrift, a program targeted at enhancing Malaysian graduates’ skills and employability.
Now, in an effort to truly transform Malaysian learners, he has begun offering his online self-development courses in the local tongue, Bahasa Malaysia.
One impressive result to note: Norizan’s first course, Interpersonal and Human Relations, has attracted more than 2,000 students in just a few weeks. Students pay RM30 to enrol, which means that this course has generated RM60,000 in income for Norizan!
“I did not expect to gain over 2000 learners in less than 1 month after launching the course. This proves that there is high demand for professional development courses in Bahasa Malaysia.”
Norizan Sharif, OpenLearning Contentpreneur
Saving Lives with Online Water Safety Education
Meet Associate Professor Dr Tengku Fadilah Tengku Kamalden from the Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Dr Tengku is a former Malaysian national swimmer and has been advocating water safety awareness for almost 30 years. As Vice President of the Life Saving Society of Malaysia, she launched a certified online course in both English and Bahasa Malaysia on water safety to help her scale and spread her message of staying safe around bodies of water.
The course has been completed by over 315 students in Malaysia and from around the world, where learners pay a RM30 fee to enrol, earning her a total of RM9,450 to date. The course has also been adopted by the Malaysian Swimming Teachers Association—further ensuring that swimming instructors can then pass on their water safety awareness to the public.
“By going online, I can penetrate to places where they don’t have access to practical training in water, like in Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and even parts of Malaysia.”
Dr Tengku Fadilah, OpenLearning Contentpreneur
Upskilling a Professional Community with Online Industry Training
Meet Bruce Lee Xia Sheng, Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.
Bruce is a Civil Engineer, Building Information Modelling (BIM) Consultant, Educator and self-proclaimed tech enthusiast. As a certified Autodesk BIM Professional and Revit Architecture Professional, Bruce went online to share his knowledge to the world.
Bruce has created 2 practical online courses—BIM 101 and BIM 202—to teach others the fundamentals of Building Information Modelling. To date, his courses have been taken by over 7,000 students worldwide, most of whom are practising professionals in the construction industry.
“My philosophy when it comes to transformational education is, if you don’t replace yourself with a digital self, others will replace you. For me, it is better to replace yourself, rather than being replaced by others.”Bruce Lee, OpenLearning Contentpreneur
Could you be the next Malaysian Contentpreneur?
Going online is no longer an option for most industries—it is the only way forward. And it’s becoming clear that with more advanced learning design and reporting capabilities, online courses have gained an edge over TikTok videos, eBooks or other forms of educational digital content.
That's why the Contentpreneurship industry is turning to e-Learning platforms. Many amazing Contentpreneurs, just like the changemakers featured here, are creating online courses to share their passion and earn a side income.
What’s more: If you have the skills, experience, or knowledge on a certain topic or subject, you can also monetise your expertise by building an online course with OpenLearning. We have even launched a series of Contentpreneurship Initiatives to help you get started:
- List your courses on UPSKIL.my: Malaysia’s Online Skills Portal to benefit from revenue share opportunities, marketing boost and seasonal promotions.
- Request for your copy of the OpenLearning Course Template and start designing your own course with ready-made activities, pages, tips and guides.
- Join the 30-Day Creator Challenge for a step-by-step guide on how to build, launch and start selling your online course in less than 30 days.
- Apply to the RM100,000 Support Fund for a chance to receive additional course building support through workshops, consultations or sponsorships.
All you need to start with is a 30-day free trial on OpenLearning—and you’ll be on your way to becoming a Contentpreneur, effecting change nationwide, and generating income. Selamat Hari Merdeka and Happy Malaysia Day!
Sign up for a free trial and begin your Contentpreneurship journey with OpenLearning.