Perspectives on blended learning in Malaysian institute of higher education

Needs, readiness and future challenges

Siew Eng Ling, Saemah Rahman, Siti Rahayah Binti Ariffin, Lai Kim Leong, Mohd Izham Mohd Hamzah

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Online learning has become one of the important components in Malaysian institutions of higher education. Some of the higher learning institutions have began to use online learning to complement the face-to-face learning where others use it as added learning to enhance teaching and learning. This paper examines the needs, readiness and future challenges of blended learning in Malaysian institutions of higher education from the perspectives of expert, lecturers and students. The data in the study were collected from six experts and eight lecturers who were directly involved in the blended learning courses. In addition, 38 students who had attended at least one blended learning course were also involved in the interview. Results of the study show that there are needs to offer blended learning courses to overcome increasing number of students intake and the shortage in subject experts, cater for different learning style, allow flexibility in terms of time and place, complement for traditional face-to-face learning, reduce cost and save time, offer convenient, provide stiff competition within industry and receive immediate feedback. Respondents also indicated that Malaysian Institutions of Higher Education are ready to offer blended learning courses in terms of infrastructure, support from stake holders and government policy. The future challenges for offering these courses are up-to-date hardware and software, infrastructure maintenance, optimizing the usage of tools in the system, overcome the resistance to organizational change, continuing commitment of the management, support staff and learners, aligning standard of blended learning courses offered among universities and convert online learning materials to be accessible by other mobile technologies. Malaysian institutions of higher education are ready to offer blended learning courses and the future challenges identified in the study can be used in the future as a guideline in planning these courses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalWorld Applied Sciences Journal
Volume14
Issue numberSPL ISS 2
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Fingerprint

Blended Learning
learning
education
expert
university teacher
infrastructure
student
organizational change
government policy
hardware
shortage
flexibility
commitment
staff
planning
industry
university
Teaching
costs
interview

Keywords

  • Automated announcement delivery
  • Automated document download
  • E-learning
  • E-learning system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

Cite this

Perspectives on blended learning in Malaysian institute of higher education : Needs, readiness and future challenges. / Ling, Siew Eng; Rahman, Saemah; Ariffin, Siti Rahayah Binti; Leong, Lai Kim; Mohd Hamzah, Mohd Izham.

In: World Applied Sciences Journal, Vol. 14, No. SPL ISS 2, 2011, p. 51-57.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{bcb04f30a9594b67ad9636c5a2c290b9,
title = "Perspectives on blended learning in Malaysian institute of higher education: Needs, readiness and future challenges",
abstract = "Online learning has become one of the important components in Malaysian institutions of higher education. Some of the higher learning institutions have began to use online learning to complement the face-to-face learning where others use it as added learning to enhance teaching and learning. This paper examines the needs, readiness and future challenges of blended learning in Malaysian institutions of higher education from the perspectives of expert, lecturers and students. The data in the study were collected from six experts and eight lecturers who were directly involved in the blended learning courses. In addition, 38 students who had attended at least one blended learning course were also involved in the interview. Results of the study show that there are needs to offer blended learning courses to overcome increasing number of students intake and the shortage in subject experts, cater for different learning style, allow flexibility in terms of time and place, complement for traditional face-to-face learning, reduce cost and save time, offer convenient, provide stiff competition within industry and receive immediate feedback. Respondents also indicated that Malaysian Institutions of Higher Education are ready to offer blended learning courses in terms of infrastructure, support from stake holders and government policy. The future challenges for offering these courses are up-to-date hardware and software, infrastructure maintenance, optimizing the usage of tools in the system, overcome the resistance to organizational change, continuing commitment of the management, support staff and learners, aligning standard of blended learning courses offered among universities and convert online learning materials to be accessible by other mobile technologies. Malaysian institutions of higher education are ready to offer blended learning courses and the future challenges identified in the study can be used in the future as a guideline in planning these courses.",
keywords = "Automated announcement delivery, Automated document download, E-learning, E-learning system",
author = "Ling, {Siew Eng} and Saemah Rahman and Ariffin, {Siti Rahayah Binti} and Leong, {Lai Kim} and {Mohd Hamzah}, {Mohd Izham}",
year = "2011",
language = "English",
volume = "14",
pages = "51--57",
journal = "World Applied Sciences Journal",
issn = "1818-4952",
publisher = "International Digital Organization for Scientific Information",
number = "SPL ISS 2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Perspectives on blended learning in Malaysian institute of higher education

T2 - Needs, readiness and future challenges

AU - Ling, Siew Eng

AU - Rahman, Saemah

AU - Ariffin, Siti Rahayah Binti

AU - Leong, Lai Kim

AU - Mohd Hamzah, Mohd Izham

PY - 2011

Y1 - 2011

N2 - Online learning has become one of the important components in Malaysian institutions of higher education. Some of the higher learning institutions have began to use online learning to complement the face-to-face learning where others use it as added learning to enhance teaching and learning. This paper examines the needs, readiness and future challenges of blended learning in Malaysian institutions of higher education from the perspectives of expert, lecturers and students. The data in the study were collected from six experts and eight lecturers who were directly involved in the blended learning courses. In addition, 38 students who had attended at least one blended learning course were also involved in the interview. Results of the study show that there are needs to offer blended learning courses to overcome increasing number of students intake and the shortage in subject experts, cater for different learning style, allow flexibility in terms of time and place, complement for traditional face-to-face learning, reduce cost and save time, offer convenient, provide stiff competition within industry and receive immediate feedback. Respondents also indicated that Malaysian Institutions of Higher Education are ready to offer blended learning courses in terms of infrastructure, support from stake holders and government policy. The future challenges for offering these courses are up-to-date hardware and software, infrastructure maintenance, optimizing the usage of tools in the system, overcome the resistance to organizational change, continuing commitment of the management, support staff and learners, aligning standard of blended learning courses offered among universities and convert online learning materials to be accessible by other mobile technologies. Malaysian institutions of higher education are ready to offer blended learning courses and the future challenges identified in the study can be used in the future as a guideline in planning these courses.

AB - Online learning has become one of the important components in Malaysian institutions of higher education. Some of the higher learning institutions have began to use online learning to complement the face-to-face learning where others use it as added learning to enhance teaching and learning. This paper examines the needs, readiness and future challenges of blended learning in Malaysian institutions of higher education from the perspectives of expert, lecturers and students. The data in the study were collected from six experts and eight lecturers who were directly involved in the blended learning courses. In addition, 38 students who had attended at least one blended learning course were also involved in the interview. Results of the study show that there are needs to offer blended learning courses to overcome increasing number of students intake and the shortage in subject experts, cater for different learning style, allow flexibility in terms of time and place, complement for traditional face-to-face learning, reduce cost and save time, offer convenient, provide stiff competition within industry and receive immediate feedback. Respondents also indicated that Malaysian Institutions of Higher Education are ready to offer blended learning courses in terms of infrastructure, support from stake holders and government policy. The future challenges for offering these courses are up-to-date hardware and software, infrastructure maintenance, optimizing the usage of tools in the system, overcome the resistance to organizational change, continuing commitment of the management, support staff and learners, aligning standard of blended learning courses offered among universities and convert online learning materials to be accessible by other mobile technologies. Malaysian institutions of higher education are ready to offer blended learning courses and the future challenges identified in the study can be used in the future as a guideline in planning these courses.

KW - Automated announcement delivery

KW - Automated document download

KW - E-learning

KW - E-learning system

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84865029935&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84865029935&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 14

SP - 51

EP - 57

JO - World Applied Sciences Journal

JF - World Applied Sciences Journal

SN - 1818-4952

IS - SPL ISS 2

ER -