‘XYZ’ Application as a Tool for Teaching and Learning in Institutions of Higher Learning: An Exploratory Study

Saroja Dhanapal, Nadhratul Wardah Salman, Gopinathan K. Raman Kutty, Khalid M.S. Ansari, Sardar Ali Shah

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ABSTRACT

Teaching and learning in institutions of higher learning has undergone transformation as a result of rapid development in the field of communication and technologies. The emergence of social networking sites has paved the way for the enhancement of teaching and learning approaches. The focus of this study is on ‘XYZ’ application (the actual name is not disclosed due to confidentiality) that was recently launched in Malaysia. Using a mixed research method, the study investigated the perceptions of undergraduate students in a public university to identify the viability of this application in comparison with other applications and to analyze its effectiveness as a tool for teaching and learning. The findings indicate the application has good features that enhance the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process. However, there is concern about the limited compatibility of this application. The paper ends with recommendations on how the application can be improved.

Keywords: Teaching and learning; social networking sites; communication; M-learning; meeting room

ABSTRAK

Pengajaran dan pembelajaran di institusi pengajian tinggi telah mengalami transformasi hasil daripada perkembangan pesat dalam bidang komunikasi dan teknologi. Kemunculan laman rangkaian sosial telah membuka ruang untuk mempertingkatkan pendekatan kepada pengajaran dan pembelajaran. Kajian ini memberi tumpuan kepada aplikasi 'XYZ' (nama sebenar tidak didedahkan di atas faktor kerahsiaan) yang baru dilancarkan di Malaysia. Dengan menggunakan metodologi penyelidikan bercampur, kajian ini menyiasat persepsi para pelajar ijazah dasar di sebuah universiti awam bagi mengenal pasti kebolehjayaan aplikasi baru ini berbanding dengan aplikasi sedia ada yang lain dan menganalisis keberkesanannya sebagai alat pengajaran dan pembelajaran. Hasil dapatan menunjukkan bahawa aplikasi ini mempunyai ciri-ciri baik yang boleh meningkatkan keberkesanan proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran. Walau bagaimanapun, terdapat kebimbangan terhadap limitasi dalam aspek keserasian aplikasi. Artikel ini diakhiri dengan cadangan bagaimana aplikasi ini boleh diperbaiki.

Kata kunci: Pengajaran dan pembelajaran; laman rangkaian social; komunikasi; pembelajaran mudah alih; bilik mesyuarat


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teaching and learning; social networking sites; communication; mobile-learning; ‘Meeting Room’; online games

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