Self-directedness through asynchronous online interactions

A Malaysian experience

Ranjit Kaur, Mohamed Amin Embi

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Currently, many local and foreign institutions of higher learning (IHLs) are widely investing in educational technologies that are new and cost effective yet cater for open, flexible, learner-centred and independent learning. One such tool is Asynchronous Online Interactions (AOI). Today, AOI is seen as the catalyst towards producing self-directed learners. This study explored Malaysian adult learners' self-directed abilities through one mode of Computer Mediated Communication in a local private university. The areas of self-directedness explored included planning, monitoring, decision making and computer skills. The sample population comprised sixteen Third Year adult course respondents (n=16) pursuing the Listening and Speaking Course (LSC) for their Bachelor in Education (TESL) degree program. The sample within the case comprised six (n=6) case respondents and one tutor (n=1). This descriptive case study employed a mixed method approach in its data collection procedure. Quantitative data was collected through a survey questionnaire and qualitative data was obtained by analysing threaded asynchronous online interactions (AOI), semi-structured interviews and analysing case respondents learning logs. Findings divulged that generally course respondents rated their abilities in planning, monitoring, decision making and computer skills as average (M = 3.3). In depth analysis of six case respondents abilities also displayed average abilities (overall average score = 3.3). Micro analysis further revealed that two case respondents (R2 and R4) showed the highest level of self-directedness. This was followed with R1, R5, R3 and R6 respectively. This study also portrayed that AOI has the potential in fostering self-directedness. These findings augur well for local and global IHLs as AOI is seen as the next e-trend of the future. However, for students to fully benefit from quality AOI first, the necessary skills, attitude and knowledge must be ingrained in students. Next, an effective follow-up system backed by dedicated tutors and administrators must go hand-in-hand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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Keywords

  • Adult learning
  • Asynchronous online interactions
  • Computer mediated communication
  • Self-directed learners Learning Management System
  • Virtual Learning System

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Self-directedness through asynchronous online interactions : A Malaysian experience. / Kaur, Ranjit; Embi, Mohamed Amin.

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