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The use of computer mediated communication medium suits specific learning preference/ aptitude in facilitating critical-reflective thinking and collaborative learning

Judith Guevarra Enriquez and Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah
Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak Campus
Two of the many promises of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the classroom are critical-reflective thinking and collaborative learning among learners. In practice, such a promise already assumes self regulation in the learners, who in most cases are products of the transfer model of education. This paper investigates online discussions among learners within their assigned groups that were based on their overall academic standing across different units at pre-university level. At Curtin University of Technology's branch campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, the use of a discussion board in the curriculum of an e-commerce unit was employed in an attempt to facilitate critical-reflective thinking among the learners and to investigate the extent of its success in leading learners towards collaboration and self-regulation. Weekly discussion topics were posted on the discussion board.

The use of the discussion board has been an attempt to encourage learners to think about the learning topics in lectures as they engage their minds critically in discussing the posted topic or question and as they consider in reflection their group members posted messages/responses online. The evaluation data in the case study provides some evidence that the computer-mediated group discussions helped to facilitate critical-reflective thinking for the few and the same learners. Furthermore, the findings seem to demonstrate that the use of learning technologies like the discussion board suits a certain kind of learner's learning aptitude or preference in facilitating critical reflective thinking and that collaboration with the use of such technologies does not in anyway increase students' participation.

Authors: Judith Guevarra Enriquez, Lecturer, Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia
judith@curtin.edu.my
Shamsul Kamariah Abdullah, School of Business, Curtin University of Technology, Sarawak, Malaysia
shamsul.a@curtin.edu.my

Presentation format: Roundtable

Please cite as: Enriquez, J. G. and Abdullah, S. K. (2002). The use of computer mediated communication medium suits specific learning preference/ aptitude in facilitating critical-reflective thinking and collaborative learning. In Focusing on the Student. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 5-6 February 2002. Perth: Edith Cowan University. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2002/abstracts/enriquez-abs.html


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