Monday, July 14, 2008

MyLMS Forum Analysis - Equatorial Hotel, Bangi

A workshop on MyLMS Forum analysis was held at the Equatorial Hotel, Bangi from May 9 to May 11. The workshop was organized by the Center for Quality Management and Research & Innovation (CQMRI)of Open University Malaysia. The objective of the workshop is to analyze the contents of online discussion forum of randomly selected tutors using the 34-item Community of Inquiry (COI) model questionnaire.

Prof. Rosli delivering his opening speech

The workshop was graced by Prof. Ir. Dr. Rosli Hamir, Vice President of Open University Malaysia. It was chaired by the Director of CQMRI, Prof. Dr. Zoraini Wati Abas. 60 particpants were invited to attend the workshop comprising lecturers and tutors from the various faculties. Richard Ng, Director of PP Perak was also invited to analyze the Management of Mathematics course.

Prof. Zoraini (left) chaired the 2-day workshop

Prof. Zoraini briefed Prof. Rosli on how the analysis was being carried out.

Each participant was given a few sets of online forum content of randomly selected tutors to analyze using the COI questionnaire based on a 5-point Likert scale to obtain the mean score of three domains - social presence, teaching presence and cognitive presence. The participants were then divided into groups based on the each faculty and a group leader was selected to present his/her findings.

Richard Ng (left) and Zitty (on his left), a tutor from Selangor, teamed up to analyze the forum content of tutors of Management Mathematics

Also among the attendees was Prof. Abtar Kaur

Participants were busy with their analysis

Some of the supporting staffs from CQMRI were busy ensuring a smooth workshop

Richard Ng has successfully presented a paper entitled "Online Discussion Forum: What tutors and learners do and how they do it" at the LYICT 2008 Conference at Saujana Kuala Lumpur Hotel on July 7, 2008. His paper was a result of the analysis on Management Mathematics course and a comparison was made between the mean score of tis course and four other courses. The full paper can be accessed in the Tutor Connexxion issue 17.

Richard Ng presenting his paper during the AGORA session at the LYICT 2008 conference.

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