Learning Patterns of Learner's Interaction in the Learning Management Systems: A Comparative Study of China and Malaysia

Wu Bing (The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China), Teoh Ai Ping (Wawasan Open University, Malaysia) and Ye Chun Ming (The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China,)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 146
EISBN13: 9781609602444|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-779-4.ch007
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Following the rapid development of open distance education and the enrichment of online resources and Learning Management Systems in Asia, the quality of interactions amongst learners and online content, teacher and peers has become one of the imperative factors in determining the efficacy of web-based teaching-learning. Online learning is distinctive as compared to face-to-face interaction in terms of how the course material is presented, the nature of interactions, and overall learning experience. This case study explores the understanding, expectation and experience of learners from China and Malaysia based on vital aspects of learning in the web-based environment such as the concept of teaching and learning, the role of the teacher, communication patterns in the virtual classroom, relationships with the teacher and the classmates, and attitudes towards learning achievement. These are reflected in the learning patterns and behavior of online learners as observed in their interaction with the web-based content and participation in the online forum discussions within the online Learning Management Systems. In addition, this case highlights the influence of national culture towards learners’ interaction as displayed in their online learning activities.
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