A Case Study of UiTM Post-Graduate Students’ Perceptions on Online Learning: Benefits & Challenges
Volume 4 - Issue 6, June 2020 Edition
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Hashmatullah Tareen, Mohammad Tahir Haand
Online learning, Perceptions, Benefits, Challenges.
Access to education requires technology which makes it easy mainly adults who try to go back to universities and acquire new information. Considering technology, internet brings changes into areas of studies for increasing opportunities for gaining education and information. Online learning as an approach to teaching and learning that utilizes internet technologies to communicate and collaborate in an educational context. In online learning, learners and instructors interact with each other asynchronously and synchronously and interaction between learners and instructors in has been very positive when online courses are taught. Assessment and providing effective feedback have been considered a major challenge in online learning. The main purpose of the study was to investigate UiTM post-graduate students’ perceptions on benefits of online learning. Also, this study attempted to discover challenges of online learning. This study uses a quantitative research approach in which a survey questionnaire was distributed to UiTM students of Master in Education. Results of this study revealed that online learning is convenient, promotes student participation, and caters students’ needs. Meanwhile, this also discovered lack of interaction among students, unclear assessment strategy, lack of precise feedback and support from lecturers, and lack of interest in learning. With this study, students need to make decision beforehand to consider traditional and online learning approaches, sensible pros and cons and choose courses which meet students’ expectations.
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