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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 6, No. 3 (2010) open journal systems 


Learner autonomy via Asynchronous Online Interactions: A Malaysian perspective

Ranjit Kaur, English Language Department, Teacher Education Institute Malay Language Campus (
Gurnam Kaur Sidhu, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM),


Abstract
The integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) in course offerings in institutions of higher learning (IHLs) is the catalyst towards empowering learners to become autonomous lifelong learners. In an effort to produce quality and independent learners, Learning Management Systems (LMS) are seen as a means to assist educators in developing quality online internet based courses and websites as well as to fulfil students’ needs in acquiring information anywhere and anytime. This paper explores Malaysian perspectives in addressing issues and challenges faced by adult learners in IHLs to keep abreast with this latest trend. This research paper is based on a pilot study that investigated learner autonomy via a distance learning programme in a local university in Malaysia. Initial findings indicated that first-year students lacked the confidence needed to learn autonomously. Even though they showed some confidence in planning, results indicated they needed help in organising, monitoring and evaluating their learning. If students are required to participate in asynchronous online learning, necessary steps have to be taken to ensure they are empowered with the necessary skills and tools to help them manage their own learning for their journey to become lifelong autonomous learners.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556