Malaysian private university students’ perception of online discussion forums: A qualitative enquiry

Leow, Serena Wai Yee * and Lee, Cheng Ean Catherine * (2020) Malaysian private university students’ perception of online discussion forums: A qualitative enquiry. Sains Humanika, 12 (2). pp. 31-38. ISSN 2289-6996

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The continuous advancement in technology has transformed physical learning platforms into digital spaces in higher education. In Malaysia, instructors and students are gradually adopting the e-learning or blended-learning approach by using online discussion forums (e.g. BlackBoard) or social networking sites (e.g. Facebook groups) to engage students’ participation in courses and encourage self-directed learning. This study presents a qualitative view of students’ perception of engaging in online discussion forums in a synchronous learning environment, and their views on the positive and negative aspects of using online discussion forums for learning. Results indicate that students perceive autonomy and sense of belongingness in the online community as main factors that influence their voluntary and active participation in the online discussion forums. Technical challenges remain as a key factor in determining students’ interests to utilize online discussion forums for learning. While future research is needed to assess the sentiments of Malaysian students in online learning, this study was intended to provide Malaysian instructors and higher education institutions a preview on the sentiments of students towards online learning to better improve the aspects of technical, pedagogical methods and policies for online learning as the nation moves towards Education 4.0.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education 4.0; online discussion forums; sense of belonging; autonomy; self-directed learning; synchronous
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Arts > Dept. Communication
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2020 00:50
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2023 07:39

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