Designing a Constructivist-base learning environment: Using multimedia to engage students in a Malaysian classroom
Mai Neo, Ken Tse-Kian Neo, Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia, Malaysia ; Zarina Che Embi, Faculty of Information Technology, Multimedia University, Malaysia, Malaysia
Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Creative thinking, problem-solving, analysis and evaluation skills are very much needed in today’s knowledge-based economy but still many graduates today are found lacking in them, resulting in a move towards more constructivist-based learning approaches. This study reports on the design of a constructivist-based learning environment using multimedia and weblogs. In this learning environment, students successfully engaged in active participation in their learning process and became independent and autonomous learners. A survey via a questionnaire was given to obtain feedback from the students on their reactions towards this learning environment. The results obtained were positive and encouraging and showed that by engaging students to participate actively in this constructivist-based learning environment, they not only learned the content as in the traditional learning mode, but also learned to organize their own learning process, cultivate their critical-thinking skills, and enhanced their problem-solving and interpersonal skillset.
Neo, M., Neo, K.T.K. & Che Embi, Z. (2010). Designing a Constructivist-base learning environment: Using multimedia to engage students in a Malaysian classroom. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 1496-1505). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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