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ID : 318
Original submission :
Title : Students’ attitudes and preferences towards GoogleDocs as an online discussion platform
Type : Paper (25 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

This paper presents preliminary findings on the application of GoogleDocs as an online discussion platform for Bruneian students undertaking a research report writing assignment. The study comprised thirty-four first year undergraduates on Professional Communication module, who were put into eight groups of four to five and tasked with developing a research report. Four groups adopted GoogleDocs to discuss and develop the assignment whilst the other four groups adopted a more traditional face-to-face approach. Two sets of questionnaires, pre and post to the report assignment, were distributed to investigate students’ attitude and preference towards both approaches. Evaluation using statistical tools indicated students shared mixed feelings towards its use where students without prior experience of GoogleDocs found it a positive experience and useful for their learning. Students preferred the real-time accessibility, and time-saving features of the platform as compared to face-to-face discussion where some students experienced difficulties due to conflicting availability. Results recognise the merits of GoogleDocs but also indicate that some students still prefer face-to-face discussion. These preliminary findings highlight the increasing ways in which technology can augment and benefit educational practices in specific cultures/circumstances, whilst indicating the requirement for a wider investigation into the use of this technology.

Keywords : E-learning; GoogleDocs; report writing; higher education
Conference theme : E-learning, collaborative learning and blended learning
Presentation times :
Main presenter : Dr. Kok Yueh Lee
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Affiliation : Universiti Teknologi Brunei (BSB, Brunei Darussalam)
Email address : kokyueh.lee@utb.edu.bn
Biography :

Dr Lee Kok Yueh is a lecturer at the Centre for Communication, Teaching and Learning, Universiti Teknnologi Brunei. Her research interests include genre and corpus analyses of spoken and written discourse in areas of communication and, teaching and learning in higher education.


Co-presenters : Co-presenter (2) : Dr. David Hassell (University of Bath (UK))
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Date added : Friday, 8 March 2019, 12:28 PM
Date modified : Saturday, 27 July 2019, 8:19 PM
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 212-P
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 10: 20 - 10: 45
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : B103
Schedule room seats : 30 seats
Schedule audience :