IT Lecturers' Perceptions on the Use of Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication Tools in an Online Distance Education Program

Niea Kurnia Fajar, Harry Budi Santoso, F. Aji Rizal, Prihandoko

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Abstract

PJJ APTIKOM-AMIKOM is a distance education program dedicated to help Indonesian IT lecturers get a postgraduate IT education. This distance education program uses both synchronous and asynchronous communication tools to deliver learning materials. Hence, this study focuses on the analysis of the students' perceptions when using synchronous and asynchronous communication tools in PJJ APTIKOM-AMIKOM (i.e., Cozora, WhatsApp, and Moodle Learning Management System). The aim of this study is to provide recommendations regarding the use of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools and discuss the relationship between the finding and seven principles of good practices. This study uses open-ended and close-ended questions in the form of a questionnaire distributed online to 51 participants to evaluate their performance. The data gathered from the participants were analysed using theme-based content analysis (TBCA), and the weight percentage of participants' answers was calculated. The evaluation results show that the communication tools are able to accommodate distance education and applied with some principles from seven principles of good practice in teaching such as encourage contact between students and faculty, develop reciprocity and cooperation among students, encourage active learning, and provide prompt feedback.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with
Subtitle of host publication7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages366-370
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538615232
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2018
Event7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Nov 201716 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2017 7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017- In Conjunction with: 7th Regional Conference on Engineering Education and Research in Higher Education 2017, RCEE and RHEd 2017, 1st International STEAM Education Conference, STEAMEC 2017 and 4th Innovative Practices in Higher Education Expo 2017, I-PHEX 2017

Conference

Conference7th World Engineering Education Forum, WEEF 2017
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period13/11/1716/11/17

Keywords

  • asynchronous communications
  • distance education
  • synchronous communications

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