Ever since the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 2020, we have been apprised to live in new norm where most of the things are done virtually. From entrepreneurial, people started to furnish with knowledge on how to go things online while in schools, online learning and teaching have started to “invade” the old method. On the other hand, in order to ensure that this pandemic will not inhibit the students’ development, University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) have provide incentives to clubs and associations for them to organise activities that could be done online during this outbreak.
The initial implementation of virtual development programs would sound quite troublesome for many. One has to register for a platform such as Webex, Google meet or Streamyard in order to launch a program virtually. Apart from registration, one must be equipped with skills and manpower to conduct the session via live. However, after a long journey since the implementation of MCO until now, we have more and more people who able to conduct a sharing session via online medium. For instance, the Students Union Task Force UTM (SUTF) had successfully conducted 7 Facebook live sharing sessions which were fully empowered by students in UTM. This has once again proven that the opportunities are always given to the students to conduct and to join a program despite the restriction of this pandemic.
The digital development programs are very impactful for the students as they enrich one with valuable potentials such as leadership skills, vocational skills, interpersonal skills, and more. Apart from these soft skills, one can also be exposed to different issues related to finance, economy, and religion. Hence, with these activities and programs, could be a new exposure to students mainly in UTM.
Besides, virtual development programs remove the geographical limitation and physical boundaries for students to participate. The humongous campus will somehow be a restriction for students to attend every single program held by the university. Therefore, with virtual development programs, students’ involvement in the university’s programs could be enhanced.
In a nutshell, virtual programs are indeed advantageous fort the students. In fact, more programs focusing on the holistic development of students in every aspect namely social, thinking, and moral should be conducted. The aim of the program held should also be career-based to equip students with employability skills. It is undeniable that students, in the contemporary world, with various skills and experiences are more likely to be employed.