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Online Learning during COVID-19 Pandemic. Are Malaysian High School Students Ready?

Nagaletchimee Annamalai

Pertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities, Pre-Press

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47836/pjssh.29.3.06

Published: 2021-09-13

The online learning environment is an integral part of activities conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic in schools. This study explored the Malaysian high school students’ online learning perspectives using a mixed-methods study. The quantitative findings reported that students are not ready to go online. The qualitative analysis revealed several emerging themes related to students’ dissatisfaction with the online learning environment. The issues are related to repository-based teaching, cognitive overload, social presence, technology comfort, and discipline. Students suggested that teachers should implement the use of standardised applications, fixed schedules, and interactive sessions. The study concluded that interactions are lacking during the online learning environment. However, the researcher hopes that once teachers are back from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will have a comprehensive understanding of technology tools to consider in their pedagogical practices. It is hoped that the post-pandemic will change the way schools and teachers perceive online learning. The sudden teaching practices during the COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly drive improvements in the use of technology in schools.

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