Designing an Interactive and Engaging Module Sites Using the RASA Model

Designing an Interactive and Engaging Module Sites Using the RASA Model

Wong Yau Hsiung (Taylor's University, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4080-9.ch005
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Abstract

In Taylor's University, Taylor's integrated Moodle e-learning system (TIMeS) is the learning management system (LMS) that instructors use to deliver and manage module site. The purpose of this chapter is to summarize the R.A.S.A. (resources, activities, supports, and assessments) model, an innovative technique used in designing module site which led to improved student achievement. The resources are visually engaging and interactive. They are followed by both facilitated and self-paced activities, which enable students to learn at anytime and anywhere. The simulation and scenario-based activities engages the student's intellect and imagination, while the game-based activities create a fun and motivating experience to the student. These activities are supported by synchronous and asynchronous communication tools. Students can use forum, discussion board to collaborate, and social apps to comment and exchange ideas. Assessment tools such as quiz, assignment, and student response systems are used to gather real-time feedback on student performance.
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Taylor’s University is one of Malaysia’s most successful and reputable private higher education institutions. It is a modern and progressive university, well respected in Malaysia and often considered a benchmark for other private higher education providers. Offering a range of programmes from foundation and diploma, to degree, post-graduate and professional programmes, the university’s 13 schools include business, medicine, hospitality, engineering, architecture, law, etc. Today, with approximately 12,000 students and 600 academics, Taylor’s University continues to serve as the torchbearer in the sphere of private tertiary education in Malaysia. Taylor’s University made history when it obtained the highly coveted ‘Tier 6: Outstanding’ rating in the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education’s Discipline-Based Rating System (D-SETARA) in 2012. Taylor’s University is the first and only university to ever achieve ‘Tier 6’, the highest rating in this inaugural rating exercise conducted by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) for the Tourism & Hospitality discipline. Most recently, Taylor’s University’s has been listed among the top 250 universities in Asia in the QS Asia Ranking. This achievement is an important milestone for a young, dynamic and ambitious university like Taylor’s University, in line with its aim of becoming one of Asia’s leading universities. In 2015, Taylor’s University is the only recipient for Gold award in the “Education & Learning” category for Putra Brand Awards for the sixth consecutive years and Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Gold Award in the Private University/College Category for the fifth consecutive years. (http://university.taylors.edu.my/).

In recent years, many studies have shown that e-Learning enhance learning among students. As e-Learning starts to gain popularity, consideration needs to be given to the delivery system to be used by the instructors. All institutions of higher education in Malaysia are using one form of e-Learning tool or another. The most common tool that all major institutions have is a Learning Management System (LMS) namely Moodle or Blackboard. The Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) Learning Management System (LMS) is an online platform where educators can design and deliver online learning experiences to students. Moodle is currently evolving to suit the needs of the learning community. It is currently used by many educators around the world to disseminate learning content, assessment and communication. Moodle is now used not only in universities, but also in high schools, primary schools, non-profit organizations, private companies, and by independent teachers (Al-Ajlan and Zedan, 2008; Dougiamas, 2004). It offers the ability to create chats, forums, wikis, and online quizzes. It can also track learner’s progress, and can be monitored by both instructors and learners (Moodle 2009). It is important to note that a Learning Management System without an effective instructional design will not produce any significant learning results.

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