The Ineffectiveness of Online Learning among UUM Students (from the perspective of UUM students)

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The Ineffectiveness of Online Learning among UUM Students (from the perspective of UUM students) by Mind Map: The Ineffectiveness of Online Learning among UUM Students (from the perspective of UUM students)

1. Background

1.1. UUM students had been forced to learn online starting from March 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19. When the students had been dismissed from the university, students had faced several difficulties from learning online. Among those difficulties, poor internet access and lack of devices in a household are the most significant issues that affected the effectiveness of learning online (The Star, 2020). According to UNICEF, most of the students that learning online also face the problems of receiving too much content and online assessment without enough instructions. Thus, the transformation of physical learning towards online learning without proper preparation by our government and even the university made us question whether online learning is effective for UUM students and how it could be more effective?

2. Step1: Problem

2.1. Present state

2.1.1. Ineffectiveness of online learning among UUM students

2.2. Obstacles

2.2.1. i. Poor internet access

2.2.2. ii. Lack of devices

2.2.3. iii. The bombardment of course content

2.2.4. iv. Inadequate instructions on online assessments

2.2.5. v. Family distraction

2.3. Goals

2.3.1. To improve online learning among UUM students

3. Step3: Criteria

3.1. Communication

3.1.1. Communicate with lecturers.

3.1.2. Communicate with family and ask for their understanding.

3.1.3. Share devices with siblings.

3.2. Internet

3.2.1. Allocate Internet data usage wisely.

3.2.2. Purchase a data plan with unlimited Webex usage.

3.3. Subsidies

3.3.1. Apply for a free laptop.

3.3.2. Apply for an Internet subsidy.

3.4. Logistics

3.4.1. Return to the campus.

3.5. Teaching and Learning

3.5.1. Make more consultation appointments with lecturers.

3.5.2. Request lecturers to upload more study materials to the student portal.

3.5.3. Record the lecture.

4. Step5: Implementation (Teaching and Learning)

4.1. 1. Approach lecturers and communicate your difficulties.

4.2. 2. Convey expectations on how lecturers can assist you.

4.3. 3. Request lecturers to record and upload the video of every lecture.

4.4. 4. Request lecturers to upload study materials prior to every lecture.

4.5. 5. Request lecturers to provide the class schedule one day earlier.

4.6. 6. Fully utilise the lecturer's consultation time for further inquiries.

4.7. 7. Do exercise and revision regularly.

5. Step2: Solution

5.1. Communicate with lecturers.

5.2. Communicate with family and ask for their understanding.

5.3. Share devices with siblings.

5.4. Allocate Internet data usage wisely.

5.5. Purchase a data plan with unlimited Webex usage.

5.6. Apply for a free laptop.

5.7. Apply for an Internet subsidy.

5.8. Return to the campus.

5.9. Make more consultation appointments with lecturers.

5.10. Request the lecturers to upload more study materials to the student portal.

5.11. Record the lecture.

6. Step4: Comparison

6.1. Logistics

6.1.1. Return to the campus.

6.1.1.1. Advantages: Highly available devices and Internet access. Able to conduct physical meetings with lecturers. Limited family distraction.

6.1.1.2. Disadvantages: Increased risk of COVID-19 infection. Extra transportation and accommodation costs.

6.2. Teaching and Learning

6.2.1. Make more consultation appointments with lecturers.

6.2.1.1. Advantages: Better digestion of the course content. Able to seek extra guidance on the assignments.

6.2.1.2. Disadvantages: Limited consultation slot available.

6.2.2. Request lecturers to upload more study materials to the student portal.

6.2.2.1. Advantages: Better digestion of the course content. Able to seek extra guidance on the assignments.

6.2.2.2. Disadvantages: Students lack the initiative to conduct self-learning.

6.2.3. Record the lecture.

6.2.3.1. Advantages: Enhanced flexibility of learning time.

6.2.3.2. Disadvantages: Might be restricted by Internet access. Limited storage on the devices.