The sample consists of 241 undergraduate pre-service teachers enrolled for the course PGT201E Instructional Technology Practices. Wiki was introduced to these students and this was considered the first innovative technology used in a blended learning approach program in this university. The researcher developed the wiki program with the URL: http://rozinah.wikispaces.com and students were encouraged to use the Wikis characteristics such as Edit, Links, History, Recent Changes, and Search Functions for the course. An online questionnaire was set up at http://www.jasad1.net/wiki to assess the user’s views on the quality and benefits of Wiki. A descriptive analysis of the items revealed that in general all students perceived the quality and benefits from this system is very good. A further analysis based testing differences by gender and Internet experience revealed some interesting findings. Females found the benefits to be greater as compared to the male students whereas for the quality both group had the same perception. The interesting finding was when we compared quality and benefits by years of Internet experience, those with more years of experience indicated lower agreement in terms of quality and benefits compared to those who can be considered novices. This may be attributable to their prolonged exposure to other web sites during their Internet searches and browsing. The findings of this research provide an insight into how these students really work and learn using technologies. It is hoped that our findings will improve the experience for both students and lecturers who engage in teaching and learning through this medium.
|Keywords:||Quality, Benefits, Wiki, Collaborative Tool, Pre-service Teachers|
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia
Ph.D Student, Center for Instructional Technology and Multimedia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia
Assoc. Professor, School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia
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