Abstract

Discrete mathematics is an important subject in the learning of information technology especially for programming and software development. It is a compulsory subject offered to first year students of Undergraduate Degrees in the Faculty of Technology and Information Sciences (FTSM). Discrete mathematics is a subject that is difficult to learn because it involves many theory and concepts. Until recently, Discrete Mathematics modules are mainly taught in a traditional way whereby students are given lectures and tutorials only in the classroom. Students rely on textbooks and lecture notes provided by lecturers. Such approach is not suitable for students in Generation Z. Students in Generation Z will find it hard to learn as learning happens only in the classroom and it leads to boredom. Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is a web-based learning that can be accessed anywhere and anytime. Integrating the technology into learning process can help improve understanding of the subject matter. Therefore, MOOC implementation is recommended in this study so that generation Z learning preferences are met. In this work, MOOC development for discrete mathematic was implemented based on ADDIE Model. Videos between five and ten minutes were produced using Microsoft Powerpoint, Powtoon and GoAnimate software. Initial survey on the implemented MOOC for Discrete Mathematics showed that it motivated learning and it helped students to understand the subject better.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7030-7040
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
Volume96
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • Discrete mathematics
  • e-learning
  • Generation Z
  • Learning preferences
  • Massive online open course

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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