Online Learning Readiness, Online Learning Performance, and Academic Achievement in an English Language course among undergraduates during an ODL semester
Online Distance Learning (ODL) has now been broadly implemented worldwide for almost all education levels due to the Covid-19 pandemic, though its effectiveness varies. This study looks at the online learning readiness, online learning performance, and academic achievement in English Language subject among undergraduates in UiTM Melaka, Jasin Campus, during an ODL semester. Data on online learning readiness was collected through a questionnaire on a sample of 104 semester three Bachelor’s degree students in Computer Science and in Plantation and Agrotechnology, at the beginning of the semester. However, only 76 students answered the online questionnaire within the two weeks’ time given (response rate =73.08). Meanwhile, data on online learning performance and academic achievement were retrieved from English lecturers who were teaching the sample. It was found that both online learning readiness and online learning performance are positively correlated and predict academic achievement in an English language course conducted online. Aside from that, findings revealed that students with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science perform better in their online learning compared to their peers in Bachelor in Plantation and Agrotechnology. Overall, this study contributes empirical data regarding learning readiness, online learning performance, and academic achievement in English Language subjects among undergraduates during an ODL semester in a local setting. Other implication is online learning literacy must be mastered by the university students nowadays to cope with the fast development of online learning industry and the increasing number of online learning courses offered by many universities around the globe.