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Teaching and learning of economics via e-economics supplements: The way forward in open and distance learning

Chiam, Chooi Chea and Lilian, Kek Siew Yick (2010) Teaching and learning of economics via e-economics supplements: The way forward in open and distance learning. In: Lifelong Learning International Conference 2010 (3LInC’10), 10 - 12 November 2010, Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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The journey in an open and distance learning environment can be lonely and of an isolated experience. Apart from the limited face-to-face contact with instructors and course mates, learners may find it difficult to keep themselves engaged, motivated and focused. The scarce availability of teaching and learning resources also worsen the situation, causing poor performance amongst learners, especially for courses which are quantitative in nature. According to the American Theory of Equivalency, distance education institutions must create valuable learning experience for learners regardless of resources or instructions. Simonson et. al. (2000) emphasised the need to redesign learning materials to improve learning experience using various communication techniques. At the Open University Malaysia (OUM), The Economics Support Team (TEST) created and used ẽ-conomics supplements to enhance the teaching and learning experience for a course, Principles of Macroeconomics delivered via open distance education. The effectiveness of the supplements in improving overall performance of learners was observed. Results were tabulated and analysed using descriptive statistics and ANOVA. The outcome of the study will be useful for institutions to provide effective teaching and learning activities for Economics and other quantitative courses delivered through open distance learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organised by Executive Development Centre Universiti Utara Malaysia
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teaching and learning activities, Economics, Assessment
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions: Executive Development Centre
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2011 02:28
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2011 02:47

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