Volume 2 - Issue 2

April 2014

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Assessing Mobile Learning Readiness in Saudi Arabia Higher Education: An Empirical Study

Nada Mansour F Aljuaid Mohammed Ali Rajab Alzahrani A.Y.M. Atiquil Islam
Pages: 1-14

Mobile learning has been introduced for quite some time now at Taif University. However, there is no research conducted to measure the readiness of mobile learning within its context. As such, the aim of this study is to assess the lecturers’ readiness for mobile learning in higher education in terms of perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use. A total of 140 lecturers were collected from the faculty of education using online survey. A five-point Likert scale that demonstrated degrees of agreement (from strongly disagree to strongly agree) was applied to capture the lecturers’ perceptions on their readiness for mobile learning. The instrument validity was conducted using factor analysis. A multiple regression model demonstrated that all predictors accounted for 60.9% of the variation. The findings showed that perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness are the valid predictors of assessing lecturers’ readiness for mobile learning in higher education. Therefore, it was concluded that perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use have a significant impact on readiness for mobile learning.

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Factors Affecting Teachers Utilization of Technology in Malaysian ESL Classrooms

Foziah Mahmood Huzaina Abdul Halim Sarasvati Rajindra Munirah Mohd Ghani
Pages: 15-23

Previous studies conducted by researchers show that technology utilization in the ESL classroom indeed aids students in the learning process (Snelbecker 1999). Furthermore, it also ensures that students achieve better results in English Language. Thus, this study was conducted as a stepping stone to help teachers perform better in utilizing technology in the ESL classrooms. This effort will then improve the standards of English in secondary classrooms as they are moving ahead to tertiary level and leading to career pathway where they will apply both theoretical and practical values, (Winkellmann and Meskill 1995). Therefore, utilization of computer advancement in the ESL secondary classrooms has become an important tool to enhance effective teaching and learning in the ESL classroom. Thus it has led to a survey being conducted among 70 samples chosen by the researcher through random sampling among the large population of ESL teachers in Klang Valley, Malaysia. A structured questionnaire was used as an investigation tool to obtain data from the samples. About 70 questionnaires were distributed to the respondents in selected schools in Kuala Lumpur. The questionnaires were self-administered and collected personally by the researcher. Prior to that, a one to one interview session also was conducted once the respondents have finished filling the questionnaire. The raw data obtained through the questionnaire was coded, analyzed and calculated using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, SPSS version 17. The interview data collected were transcribed and analyzed in order to triangulate the results of the findings obtained. The findings revealed that foundation awareness on what is expected by these teachers regarding technology use in the ESL secondary classrooms. It has been found that some school teachers were forced to use technology in the classroom without giving them some quality time to learn and acquire it in order for them to have a passion to learn how to utilize and apply it without fail and more confidently in their ESL classroom. This study was conducted as an initial effort to help teachers perform the best in utilizing technology in the ESL classrooms rather than neglecting their feelings, needs and effort in blindly trying to compete with the rapid movement of technology in education in this era.

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ICT Integration In Education: Incorporation for Teaching & Learning Improvement

Simin Ghavifekr Ahmad Zabidi Abd Razak Muhammad Faizal A. Ghani Ng Yan Ran Yao Meixi & Zhang Tengyue
Pages: 24-54

Over the last two decades, the rapid growth of ICT has become one of the most important topics discussed by the scholars in education. This is due to the capability of ICT in providing a dynamic and proactive teaching and learning environment. In line with the current digital era, teachers are required to integrate ICT in their daily teaching and replace their traditional methods with modern tools and facilities. The main focus of this paper is on effectiveness of ICT integration in education. More specifically, this paper aims at identifying the level of computer skills and knowledge of primary school teachers in the teaching and learning process. Moreover, the objective of this paper is to identify the level of ICT integration in teaching and learning process in classroom by primary school teachers. A total of 61 teachers from 10 public primary schools in Klang Valley, Malaysia have been selected randomly to complete this quantitative study’s survey questionnaire. The findings illuminate that most of the teachers are normal users, and many teachers more frequently use ICT in the teachers’ room for their work rather than using it in their classroom for teaching and learning. Moreover, results show that teachers should always be ready and well-equipped in terms of ICT competencies and positive attitude to provide ICT-based learning opportunities for students to improve their learning quality.

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The Usability Evaluation Of Fakih Method Based On Technology For Students With Hearing Difficulties: The User’s Retrospective

Muhammad Sayuti Bin Sabdan Norlidah Alias Nazean Jomhari Khairul Azhar Jamaludin Dorothy DeWitt
Pages: 46-52

The study is aimed at evaluating the FAKIH method based on technology in teaching al-Quran, based on the user’s retrospective. The participants of this study were five students selected based on hearing difficulties. The study employed the user evaluation framework. Teacher’s journals were used to determine the frequency and percentage of repetition of al-Quran learning as well as mastery level of all selected five students. The findings suggest that all five students benefited from this method, as they were able to master hijaiyyah letters, letters and words with diacritics, tajwid knowledge and two-word sentences. In addition, most of them were able to recite al-Quran fluently using hand-signals.

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Using Wiki to Teach Part-Time Adult Learners in a Blended Learning Environment

Siti Mariam Muhammad Abdul Basar Farrah Dina Yusop
Pages: 53-66

This exploratory study investigated the perceptions of 31 part-time adult learners who participated in an online collaborative writing experience. Situated in the context of a blended learning environment of an advanced English learning course, this study looked into learners’ perceptions with respect to the benefits of collaborative writing using Wiki in five aspects: motivation, group interaction, knowledge sharing, confidence in writing, and improvement in language skills. The relationships between each of these five aspects and learners’ participation in Wiki were also investigated. An online questionnaire was used to obtain feedback from respondents. The findings showed that, in general, learners positively perceived Wiki as beneficial for online collaborative writing in all areas measured. The results also indicated a positive relationship between learners’ contributions in Wiki and their perceptions regarding the benefits of online collaborative writing in terms of motivation, confidence in writing, and improvement in language skills. However, there was no significant relationship between learners’ contributions in Wiki and their perception regarding the benefits of online collaborative writing in terms of group interaction and knowledge sharing. Implications of the findings on adult learning were also discussed.

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The Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET) highlights the current issues in educational technology. MOJET is an international, professional referred journal in the interdisciplinary fields sponsored by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya. This journal serves as a platform for presenting and discussing the emerging issues on educational technology for readers who share common interests in understanding the developments of the integration of technology in education. The journal is committed to providing access to quality researches raging from original research, theoretical articles and concept papers in educational technology. In order to produce high quality journal, extensive effort has been put in selecting valuable researches that contribute to the journal. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to editorial board, reviewers and researchers for their valuable contributions to make this journal a reality.