An Investigation on Employment of Interactive Technological Tools to Comprehend Online Reading Texts

By Nor Fariza Mohd Nor, Afendi Hamat, Hazita Azman, Noorizah Mohd Noor and Nadzrah Abu Bakar.

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In the new millennium, there is tremendous impact of technology on teaching and learning to the extent that the teachers’ role has become that of facilitators, whilst students are expected to be active learners who process information from a variety of sources. One of the impacts of technology is on reading. Students do not just read printed materials, but they also spend a large amount of time reading online texts. With the increasing amount of time spent reading electronic media, it is relevant to examine how students interact with online texts using technological tools available. Therefore, the present study reports on how students at tertiary level used interactive technological tools, namely, Annotation tools and My Notes, which form part of a system, aptly named as the Interactive English Language Literacy System (i-ELLS). This system is designed based on identified reading strategies of second language learners (L2) at tertiary level. The findings revealed that the Annotation tools help students processed information and enhanced understanding in a systematic way, for instance, by allowing the reader to insert prompts and questions within the text itself. My Notes tool is useful because it allows students to make personal notes about the reading materials and even share all or portions of their notes with other readers. Furthermore, the students appear to be more reflective as they are more active in asking questions about the text and in sharing information with each other. As a conclusion, this new learning environment requires a shift in learning approaches from information transmission to problem based learning and critical thinking and promotion of incidental skills associated with learning and using technology.

Keywords: Online Reading Text, Digital Environment, I-Ells System, Reflective Learning, Constructivist Theory

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp.247-260. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 887.236KB).

Dr. Nor Fariza Mohd Nor

Senior Lecturer, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Nor Fariza Mohd. Nor is a senior lecturer at the School of Language Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has a degree in English Language and Education, MA in English for Specific Purpose and Ph.D in Applied Linguistics. She has published in international and local journals. Her areas of interest are Discourse Analysis in language learning and teaching, in workplace context and in ICT. She is currently involved in research on academic literacy, discourse analysis in IT (reading online texts and online forum discussion) and bridging digital divide in the rural communities.

Dr. Afendi Hamat

Senior Lecturer, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Afendi Hamat is a senior lecturer at the Pusat Pengajian Bahasa dan Linguistik, FSSK, UKM. His research areas are e-learning and web-based CALL. He has published in both local and international journals on the subjects that he specializes in. He has also developed various e-learning platforms for experimental purposes such as the Second Language Instruction and Management System (SLIM) and the intelligent English Language Literacy System (i-ELLS).

Prof. Hazita Azman

Deputy Dean (Postgraduate Studies) and Associate Professor, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia), Malaysia

Dr. Hazita Azman is a Professor of Applied linguistics at School of Language Studies and Linguistics and the Dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has researched and published in the areas of language policy and language assessment, ESL rural literacy practices, digital literacy among rural youth, as well as workplace literacy and employability.

Noorizah Mohd Noor

Senior Lecturer, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Noorizah Mohd. Noor, Ph.D (Malaya) is Senior Lecturer at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.

Dr. Nadzrah Abu Bakar

Senior Lecturer, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia


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