Designing the Blog: A Study with the Social Science Students at Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University, Malaysia

By Normaliza Abd Rahim, Arbaie Sujud, Che Ibrahim Salleh and Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper investigates the learning styles amongst the social science students when designing a blog. A blog or a weblog is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The subjects in this study consist of 6 students from Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University, Malaysia (KLIUC). There were three international students from China and three local students from Malaysia. The students were not exposed to designing blog as they were from Bachelor of English for Professional Communication program. One of the courses in the program is the Language and Computer and they were to design their own blog in six weeks. The program that they used was the Microsoft Front Page. It is found that all the subjects have tactile and kinesthetic learning styles. Three subjects preferred to include graphics and music and therefore they preferred the visual and audio learning styles. Reid’s (1987) learning style preference was used for the purpose of this study.

Keywords: Learning Style Preference, Designing Blog

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.75-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.696KB).

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Interpretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Arbaie Sujud

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Arbaie Sujud is a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently he is the head of Malay Language Department. He teaches literature and multimedia and interested in research and development.

Dr. Che Ibrahim Salleh

Dean, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Associate Professor Dr Ibrahim Salleh is the Dean at the Faculty of Modern Language and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah is a lecturer in the Malay Language Department, Faculty of Modern languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia (UPM). She holds a Certificate of Education in Teaching Young Children, Bacelor of Education in Teaching Malay Language, Master Degree in Malay Studies (Semantic and Pragmatic) and her Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Her area of interests are Semantic and Pragmatic, Sosiopragmatic, Semantic Cognitive, Teaching Malay Language, Translation and Qualitatif Research in the Malay Studies. Currently supervising Masters and Ph.D students in mastering the qualitative research in Malay Linguistic and the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

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