Effective learning consists of reading modules as well
as listening to and participating in tutorials. Reading
a module before attending tutorials will give us an
overview of the subjects that we are going to learn. We can
fi nd out what we do not understand and prepare questions
so as to get assistance from the tutors. Being attentive in
tutorials will enable us to understand better and faster. By
listening, what we have understood through reading will be
reinforced too. To participate in tutorials is to test how much
knowledge we have acquired and whether we know how to
apply it. Besides, we can interact with our coursemates and
tutors. This will give us a chance to develop our personalities
and practise good values. Thus, I consider our learning
process incomplete without any of these components.
Kok Ah Moy
Serdang Raya Learning Centre
Reading modules and listening to tutorials are equally
important. OUM uses the blended pedagogy mode which
calls for face-to-face interactions between tutors and their
students, unlike ordinary tutorials where tutors teach and
students listen, which is a passive mode indeed. Face-toface
interaction further enhances students' understanding of
what they have read or gathered from the modules because
tutors could provide spontaneous verbal explanations with
written blackboard examples.
The face-to-face mode also provides true or authentic
teaching-learning encounters and experiences which
support the modules. I hope at OUM, listening to tutorials
is not defi ned as a continuous talk or delivery of content by
the tutor with little or no contribution from the students and
strictly focused on specifi c lecture topics based on the tutors'
interest. A tutorial at OUM should refer to a mini tutorial
and brief input on issues raised by students followed by a
short discussion before moving on to another mini tutorial.
If this student-centred approach is carried out, the students
would become active learners, well-guided by the tutors for
better understanding of the modules.
Naina Mohd bin Md Noor
Kedah Learning Centre
I believe both modules and tutorials are equally important,
based on the following reasons:
Ho Theen Theen
Sarawak Learning Centre
Based on my experience, I think tutorials are better. I am
teaching programming-related subjects and physics. During
a tutorial, students can see the actual process of drawing a
diagram from scratch. This also applies to writing program
codes. By looking at the process, the students will know
where to start and how to proceed until the fi nal product is
achieved. Sad to say, this is fast missing from the learning
Yap Thin Peng
Perak Learning Centre
Both reading modules and attending tutorials are important.
Reading is more for self understanding while tutors'
viewpoints and explanations bring new thought. Tutorials
provide experience and conclusions from observations
which may be different from what is contained in modules
and learners can transfer these to new ideas.
Wee Kian Ping
Sarawak Learning Centre