An empirical study of the effect on learning skills workshop on learning readiness in an ODL environment

Ng , Richard and Ahmad Izanee Awang, and Latifah Abdol Latif, and Ramli Bahroom, (2008) An empirical study of the effect on learning skills workshop on learning readiness in an ODL environment. In: 8th Annual SEAAIR Conference , 4-6 November 2008, Surabaya, Indonesia.

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Learners in higher education institutions require a set of learning skills in order to cope with their studies. This is even more crucial for ODL learners, majority of whom are working adults with multiple commitments. At Open University Malaysia (OUM), Malaysia’s first ODL institution, a Learning Skills Workshop is conducted for new learners to assist them in adapting to their new learning environment and to equip them with the relevant skills to be an effective ODL learner. This paper examines the effect of the Learning Skills Workshop on the learning readiness of OUM learners. The study employs a survey approach using a set of 40 close-ended questionnaires distributed to 263 learners in four learning centers across the country. Pearson Correlation, Independent Sample t-Test and Stepwise Regression Analysis were carried out using the SPSS version 11.5 for Windows. The results showed that the workshop contents, namely, ODL Concept, Time Management, Assignment Preparation, ICT and using LMS have a positive impact on the level of learning readiness. The results also indicated that learners’ level of satisfaction towards the conduct of the workshop, its perceived benefits derived from it and learners’ self-confidence arising out of it have a positive influence on learning readiness. Out of the eight variables, only four explained 58 percent of the variation in the level of learning readiness. The variables are ODL concept, LMS, self-confidence and the level of satisfaction. The study thus indicates that the Learning Skills Workshop has been effective in enhancing learning readiness among new learners. This result concurs with that of another study on the efficacy of learning skills workshop on new students at OUM (Latifah & Jamaludin, 2007) (Authors' abstract)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open And Distance Learning (Odl), Learning Skills Workshop, Learners’ Level Of Readiness
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Depositing User: Shahril Effendi Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2010 08:09
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2013 01:09

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