Designing the Blog: A Study with the Social Science Students at Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University, Malaysia

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This paper investigates the learning styles amongst the social science students when designing a blog. A blog or a weblog is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The subjects in this study consist of 6 students from Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University, Malaysia (KLIUC). There were three international students from China and three local students from Malaysia. The students were not exposed to designing blog as they were from Bachelor of English for Professional Communication program. One of the courses in the program is the Language and Computer and they were to design their own blog in six weeks. The program that they used was the Microsoft Front Page. It is found that all the subjects have tactile and kinesthetic learning styles. Three subjects preferred to include graphics and music and therefore they preferred the visual and audio learning styles. Reid’s (1987) learning style preference was used for the purpose of this study.

Keywords: Learning Style Preference, Designing Blog
Stream: University Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Designing the Blog

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Interpretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Arbaie Sujud

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Arbaie Sujud is a senior lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently he is the head of Malay Language Department. He teaches literature and multimedia and interested in research and development.

Sr Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan

Dean, Lecturer, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr Ibrahim Salleh is a dean at Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication. He teaches Malay language grammar and his expertise covers research methodology in Malay language.

Ref: U08P0135