A pilot test on perception of e-learning in a Malaysian university : an international students' perspective (Part I)

Chew, Renee Shiun Yee & Leow, Fui Theng (2008) A pilot test on perception of e-learning in a Malaysian university : an international students' perspective (Part I). In LYICT 2008 Conference, 7-10 July 2008, Saujana Hotel, Shah Alam. (Unpublished)

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Teaching to an international audience online can be significantly different as compared to a traditional classroom setting. In a traditional classroom setting, the students are usually removed from their own cultural context and required to operate in the lecturer's context. International students coming to Malaysia to study are implicitly expected to, and often do, become familiar with the Malaysian culture and style of education. The use of educational technologies as a blended strategy in higher education programs offers challenges and opportunities for all students but this may be different for international students who come from varied backgrounds. With an increasingly competitive global demand for higher education, Malaysia universities strive to be the hub of educational excellence and a preferred option for international students in coping with the challenges of studying abroad in a different culture. This research will evaluate how undergraduate students perceive their e-learning experiences in a Malaysian university. The OLES (Online Learning Environment Survey) will be used to explore the international students’ perception on e-learning and the findings of the first six OLES scales varying from (Computer Usage, Teacher Support, Student Interaction & Collaboration, Personal Relevance, Authentic Learning, and Student Autonomy) will be reported in this research.. In addition, the perception of international students on their major difficulties coping with e-learning as well as the strategies and tools they employ to overcome the challenges will be explored.

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ID Code: 18794
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: E-learning, OLES, Hofstede’s Theory, ICT in Education, Higher Education, HERN
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
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Deposited On: 18 Mar 2009 22:38
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