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Journal Issue
Volume 14 Issue 4 / Nov 2016  pp233‑290

Editor: Guest Editors, Rozhan M. Idrus, Nurkhamimi Zainuddin

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Editorial for EJEL Volume 14 issue 4  pp233‑234

Rozhan Mohammed Idrus

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Teacher‑Student Perspectives of Invisible Pedagogy: New Directions in Online Problem‑Based Learning Environments  pp235‑243

Wendy Barber, Sherry King

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Investigating the Key Attributes to Enhance Students’ Learning Experience in 21st Century Class Environment  pp244‑256

Fui-Theng Leow, Mai Neo, Soon Hin Hew

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The Forms and Functions of Teaching and Learning Innovations on Blackboard; Substantial or Superficial?  pp257‑265

Vuyisile Nkonki, Siyanda Ntlabathi

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Learner‑Centred Teaching Contributes in Promising Results in Improving Learner Understanding and Motivation: A Case Study at Malaysia Tertiary Education  pp266‑281

Wei-Li Yap, Mai Neo, Tse-Kian Neo

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Moodle as an ODL teaching tool: A Perspective of Students and Academics  pp282‑290

Nurkhamimi Zainuddin, Rozhan Idrus, Ahmad Farid Mohd Jamal

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Abstract

This article describes the use of Moodle as a suitable platform to support the postgraduate open and distance learning (ODL) courses offered by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Many USIM postgraduate students who take obligatory courses (e.g., research methodology and data analysis) are taught at different venues to facilitate students’ access to higher education and enhance quality of lifelong learning. Managing this complex teaching network has called for the adaptation of Moodle platform. This approach meets two relevant requirements, (a) to ensure consistency, compliance, and quality of teaching, (b) to reduce educational costs, which largely depend on the number of peripheral venues for teaching activities. This article analyses the functionalities of the Moodle platform and its use among USIM postgraduate students and academics. The data was collected based on content analysis via questionnaire applied to 18 USIM ODL postgraduate students and 4 lecturers. The results show that despite having great potential, Moodle is mainly used as a repository for materials. Moreover, lecturers recognize the importance of the use of other functionalities of this platform in order to promote the success of the teaching and learning process. 

 

Keywords: open and distance learning, learning management systems, pedagogical tools, postgraduate courses, higher education

 

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