Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): Its Impact on Primary School Children's Learning
Wednesday, June 27 2:45 PM-3:15 PM Location: De Dam 2
Presider: Joyce Johnston, George Mason University, United States
Abstract: The development of ICT has enabled students to take greater responsibility for their own learning as they become creators as well as consumers of technology. With these advantages, there have been significant increases in the integration of technology into traditional learning methods. Hence, this paper examines the use of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) for students’ learning in a primary setting, with a focus on how it supplements traditional face-to-face teaching. This paper offers insights into the students’ perspectives on how this environment supports their learning as there is limited research on the integration of blended learning into primary schools, and in particular, large-scale implementation. This paper reports on the findings of the students’ attitudes towards VLE, and factors which influence their attitudes. Data were collected in the form of a survey from 341 primary school students from six primary schools in Penang, Malaysia. The results indicate that the participants held a positive attitude towards the use of VLE in their learning. In addition, the result has shown significant changes in motivation as compared to the traditional face-to-face classroom. However, factors such as access and lack of self-regulation skills were identified as impeding the participant’s usage of VLE to achieve an optimal online learning experience.