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Distance learning students’ need: evaluating interactions from Moore’s Theory of Transactional Distance

USTATI, Rusmanizah and Syed Hassan, Sharifah Sariah (2013) Distance learning students’ need: evaluating interactions from Moore’s Theory of Transactional Distance. The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 14 (2). pp. 292-304. ISSN 13026488

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This study draws on the experience from a focus group interviews under the distance learning programme known as Program Pensiswazahan Guru (PPG) organized by the Malaysian Ministry of Education in collaboration with local universities and institutes of education. Its purpose is to uncover students’ perception about the platform used by International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) which is the Learning Management System (LMS). LMS is a vital instructional medium especially for the varsity distant learners. Michael Moore’s Theory of Transactional Distance is used as the guiding framework to gain insights on learning and interactions in this e-learning setting. Teacher-student interactions are analyzed for better understanding of the phenomena under study. The findings indicate that in terms of usability LMS is perceived as a good platform to acquire information on content and to receive feedback from instructors. However, IIUM learners hope for more interactivity where learners can communicate amongst themselves beside engaging with the instructor-learner- content interactions that they currently experience via the system. This study aspires to provide insights on the significance of interactions from distance learners’ perception.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6037/29750
Uncontrolled Keywords: Distance learning, theory of transactional distance, student-teacher interaction, e-learning
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Sharifah Sariah Syed Hassan
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 12:05
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 09:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/29750

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