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When Pushing Learning Material is Just not Enough

, , University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Global Learn, in Penang, Malaysia ISBN 978-1-880094-79-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)


Chinese learners are sometimes described as more passive and less likely to ask questions in front of the class. They also display a strong sense of responsibility towards their group. Current literature links this behaviour to cultural values. In order to place these learners in a more active situation, an online introductory module was offered in a French language programme during the semester break. This research shows that to some extent online learning behaviours matched what was experienced in face-to-face situations. Participation was lower than expected as contributions in forums were practically non-existent. It was revealed that as the responsibility towards the group disappeared, part of the motivation to excel was diminished. This article highlights the main problems that were encountered, and proposes various ways to improve on this hybrid learning approach.


Gabarre, S. & Gabarre, C. (2010). When Pushing Learning Material is Just not Enough. In Z. Abas, I. Jung & J. Luca (Eds.), Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010--Global Conference on Learning and Technology (pp. 3471-3480). Penang, Malaysia: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 7, 2020 from .


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