The relevancy of digital literacy for Malaysian students for learning with Web 2.0 technology


Tenku Shariman, Tenku Putri Norishah and Ibrahim, Nazerin (2014) The relevancy of digital literacy for Malaysian students for learning with Web 2.0 technology. In: Proceedings of the European Conference on e-Learning, ECEL. Academic Conferences Limited, pp. 536-544. ISBN 978-191030967-4

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E-learning has transitioned from mere retrieval of information to active participation of students who voluntarily engage in the learning process. As Riedel (2009) reported, Web 2.0 is about putting the power to learn and create in the hands of the students. Before the advent of Web 2.0, e-learning was primarily used to complement traditional pedagogical modes with an online component, whereas web 2.0 technology introduced new modes of learning, enabling greater reflection and discussion among learners as they construct knowledge online (Lau, 2012). Therefore at this stage, the role of digital literacy in e-learning is even more relevant. Digital literacy which refers to the effective and efficient use of web 2.0 technology to access and use the digital information needed for a variety of online tasks (Coiro, Knoble, Lankshear & Leu, 2008) should not be regarded as a separate set of skills, but instead embedded within and across e-learning activities and tasks. Although today's students have grown up around technology devices and most probably use these devices on a daily basis, they may not have necessarily have the digital literacy to appropriately use web 2.0 technology for constructivist e-learning activities and tasks. For this research, questionnaires were distributed among students in several universities across Malaysia to identify the digital literacy competencies of students for application in e-learning. Thus, this paper reports the findings of the study which aims to answer the following questions: (1) What are students' perceptions regarding their digital literacy competency? (2) How does digital literacy affect their e-learning with 2.0 technologies? The results revealed that even though students have high confidence in using Web 2.0 technology, they still lacked the digital literacy competencies needed to successfully accomplish e-learning tasks and activities.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA71-90 Instruments and machines > QA75.5-76.95 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Multimedia (FCM)
Depositing User: Ms Nurul Iqtiani Ahmad
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2015 06:48
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2015 06:48


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