Digital Savviness: Does it Matter for Open and Distance Learning?
The Open and Distance Learning (ODL) approach was adopted in Malaysia for teaching and learning when Coronavirus pandemic hit the world. The speed at which students shifted from physical lessons to online classes created problems for some, particularly those who were not computer savvy. The ACE website was formed to help those less computer savvy adapts to online learning. ACE is a compilation of freely available tools and applications and step-by-step guidance for using the tools and apps to create attractive and interactive presentations. As assignments is a major part of overall course design, this study was carried out to explore university students' perceptions of ACE; how helpful was the website's content in assisting them in completing their English course assignments. Quota sampling techniques were used to collect pre and post responses to ACE using an online questionnaire. The overall sample size was 186 participants who filled out pre and post surveys. The data set covers students' perceptions of utilising ACE's various tools and applications to complete their English course assignments. Data analysis was performed with quantitative analysis. The results show that most respondents agreed that ACE has helped them prepare more attractive and engaging presentations that include embedded video and audio. When recording student presentations, students still prefer to use their cellphone cameras when it is an individual presentation. However, the results show a shift in using ZOOM to record group presentations after adopting ACE. This study concludes that the ACE website has helped students prepare a better presentation for successful English teaching and learning during ODL. The features also match students’ interests and were conducive to their learning session.
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