The Role of Students in the Development of a Collaborative Learning Community through Networked Learning: A Malaysian Perspective

By Amelia Abdullah, Mohamed Amin Embi and Norazah Nordin.

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This paper aims to identify the different roles that students play in the development of a collaborative, networked learning (n-learning) community through an asynchronous environment. The respondents for this case study included twenty-three undergraduate TESL students in their ninth semester. These students, enrolled in the Introduction to Literature course, were pursuing degrees in a private institution of higher education, on a branch campus in Perak. This study employed a qualitative research methodology. The instruments used in the data gathering process included interaction thread analysis and semi-structured interviews. The analysis of the data suggests that the students played significantly different roles in developing the collaborative learning community. The students’ roles are categorised into two types: positive and negative roles. The negative roles can be seen as threats to the sanctity of an online learning community; therefore, they must be minimised. In developing a successful n-learning community, students should learn to take control of their own learning by adopting appropriate roles according to the needs of the community. Each student has his or her own significant role to play to ensure that a collaborative n-learning community is successfully developed.

Keywords: Role of Students, Collaborative Learning, Networked Learning, Malaysian, Online Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.347-360. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 821.372KB).

Dr. Amelia Abdullah

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Professor, Faculty of Education, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norazah Nordin

Associate Professor, Department Of Foundation of Educational , Faculty of Education, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

I am currently lecturing the following courses: Computer-assisted instruction and IT in Education (Graduate) and Computer in education and Mathematics Education (Undergraduate). My research interests are in the area of elearning and ICT in Education (community and educational institutions). I am currently leading research on developing digital modules on the instructional design of the teaching of mathematics.

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