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Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vol.6, No.3, Sep. 2020, Pub. Date: Sep. 28, 2020
Perception Towards Online Learning and Social Media in Education Among Undergraduate Students
Pages: 279-291 Views: 79 Downloads: 87
Authors
[01] Buwendri Anjika Surasinghe Wijeratne, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Muar, Malaysia.
[02] Anish Mathew A Thomas, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Muar, Malaysia.
[03] Nirengenni a/p Amaranathan, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Muar, Malaysia.
[04] Prasanth Rao a/l Chandru, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Muar, Malaysia.
[05] Tishan Lakminu Wijetunga Wijetunga Lokupitumpage Don, Faculty of Medicine, Melaka-Manipal College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Muar, Malaysia.
Abstract
Online learning is an effective and efficient way of learning. It is also a more cost-effective way of delivering instructions and knowledge. Although many studies have shown the effectiveness of online learning and blended learning (online and traditional approach to learning), only few studies have shown the value and perception of online leaning particularly during a period where there is sudden transition to online learning from traditional approaches. This study was conducted to assess the value and perception towards online learning and social media among undergraduates during a pandemic. A cross-sectional study was conducted from May 2020 to June 2020 in our College which is Melaka Manipal Medical College Malaysia. Purposive sampling method was used to select students for this study and they were asked to respond to a validated online questionnaire which involved multiple choice questions and questions regarding perception, preference and frequency of usage of technology which was assessed on a Likert scale. The analysis included frequency tables, percentages, standard deviation, unpaired T test, ANOVA and Pearson’s correlation test. Out of the 186 students who participated, 31.7% preferred classroom teaching (traditional approach), 3.8% of the students preferred online only and 64.5% of them preferred blended learning (online and traditional approach). Based on the Pearson’s correlation test, there was a moderate positive correlation (0.671) which is significant (p-value <0.001) which shows that when there is an increase in students’ preference, the frequency of usage of technology and social media also increases. Nevertheless, technology and social media has become a major part in the present generation’s day to day lives, hence involving e-learning into education would do better than harm especially during this COVID-19 pandemic. Just because the world has been put on hold temporarily, teaching and learning should not come to a halt and as e-learning has proven its net worth it should be the mode of disseminating knowledge among undergraduates now and in the future.
Keywords
Perception, Online Learning, Undergraduate Students
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