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IJIET 2015 Vol.5(11): 841-846 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2015.V5.623

Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills in an Authentic Blended Learning Environment: A Malaysian Context

Heidi Tan Yeen-Ju, Neo Mai, and Bhawani Selvaretnam

Abstract—Graduate unemployment rate in Malaysia is an increasing problem and often linked to a lack of problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. This paper presents the development of blended learning environment through the integration of authentic learning strategies designed to enhance problem-solving skills amongst Malaysian undergraduate students. The learning environment was blended in its approach and centered on an authentic task. Student feedback was gathered and indicated a positive response towards authentic blended learning environments. Problem-solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, and communication skills were enhanced in this learning environment, providing encouraging support for the use of authentic learning strategies in technology-backed classrooms within higher education institutions.

Index Terms—Authentic learning, blended learning, problem-solving, web technologies.

Heidi Tan Yeen-Ju and Neo Mai are with the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia Univeristy, Cyberjaya, Malaysia (e-mail: yjtan@mmu.edu.my, neo.mai@mmu.edu.my).
Bhawani Selvaretnam is with the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, Multimedia Univeristy, Cyberjaya, Malaysia (e-mail: bhawani@mmu.edu.my).

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Cite: Heidi Tan Yeen-Ju, Neo Mai, and Bhawani Selvaretnam, "Enhancing Problem-Solving Skills in an Authentic Blended Learning Environment: A Malaysian Context," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 841-846, 2015.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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