New Norms of Online Teaching and Learning: Covid-19 Semester Experience for Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Students

Authors

  • Noor Rohana Mansor Centre for Fundamental and Continuing Education, Universiti Malaysia, Terengganu, Malaysia *Corresponding Author
  • Asyraf Hj Ab Rahman Centre for Fundamental and Continuing Education, Universiti Malaysia, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Ahmad Tajuddin Azza J. Centre for Fundamental and Continuing Education, Universiti Malaysia, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Roswati Abd Rashid Centre for Fundamental and Continuing Education, Universiti Malaysia, Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Nurul Ain Chua Centre for Fundamental and Continuing Education, Universiti Malaysia, Terengganu, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0114

Keywords:

Pandemics, New Norms, Online Teaching and Learning

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the national education agenda at all levels of education. New Teaching and Learning (T&L) online norms have been executed except for specific academic programs and subjects only since 18 March 2020 when the Movement Control Order (MCO) was administered and continued to this day. To guarantee students’ continuity of education without online T&L dropout, online face-to-face (Synchronous) or not face-to-face (Asynchronous) is now become the primary approach and method platform with many virtual education applications. Therefore, this research examined students’ readiness to follow online teaching and learning and analysed the impact of online T&L on the national education agenda. This study involved 133 students of Diploma in Fisheries, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, for the first semester of 2020-21. Data were obtained through a questionnaire using Google Form and presented to students by sharing links to their WhatsApp group in the final week of study. The questionnaire was adapted from several instruments related to various aspects of online T&L during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outcomes revealed that most students were among Gen-Z with digital literacy background. Thus, it was assisting them having a high level of readiness to face online T&L. In terms of the availability of device infrastructure, internet access, e-Learning, and computers, most (80%) have mastered it. Only (20%) have low proficiency due to limited experience using computers and gadgets due to family constraints and their literacy levels. The research conclusion recommends a consecutive enhancement in curriculum structure flexibility, delivery, evaluation; internet accessibility and digital gap, and self-motivation of students entering the era of the self-regulated learner. Transformation demands the strategic cooperation of various parties in educational institutions, government agencies, the private sector, NGOs, and people’s leaders in the interest of the country’s advancing education relevant to the era of global technology-oriented education and digital infrastructure.

 

Received: 4 March 2021 / Accepted: 6 May 2021 / Published: 8 July 2021

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Published

2021-07-08

How to Cite

Mansor, N. R. ., Ab Rahman, A. H. ., Azza J., A. T., Abd Rashid, R. ., & Ain Chua, N. . (2021). New Norms of Online Teaching and Learning: Covid-19 Semester Experience for Universiti Malaysia Terengganu Students. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 10(4), 248. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2021-0114

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