ERIC Number: ED447311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-6
Reference Count: N/A
IT and Multimedia in Technical and Vocational Education in Malaysia.
Mustapha, Ramlee B.
Development of information technology (IT) and the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project has placed Malaysia within the global interconnectivity along with other developed nations. Types of IT applications are e-learning, e-mail, discussion group mailing lists, bulletin board systems, chat mode, newsgroups, Internet, tutorial, hypermedia, and file transfer protocol. These advantages of IT are documented in the literature: enhanced student motivation; enhanced research, critical thinking, organizational, and presentation skills; easy access to Internet resources; and ability of technical and vocational educators to create effective contextual learning experiences for learners. These limitations of IT have been cited: cognitive overload; no quality monitoring of materials; and tendency for users to plagiarize the material. The aim of IT programs in technical and vocational institutions is to produce semi-skilled IT workers competent in diverse areas of IT and multimedia technologies. Two approaches have been used in teaching IT: learning about IT and learning with IT. Public polytechnics have offered IT programs at the Certificate (2-year) and Diploma (3-year) levels. Barriers to IT implementation are: minimal level infrastructure and facilities for computer and Internet at the school level; inadequate number of computers in schools; computer illiterate teachers; and lack of ongoing technical support. (Contains 27 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Computers, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Developing Nations, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Internet, Multimedia Instruction, Postsecondary Education, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia