Looking back…

Hello eme6414!

It has been a wonderful semester learning with all of you! Despite taking three summer courses that are very tiring, I really enjoy my summer!

I’ve read awesome blog posts and thank you for sharing your final reflections of this class 🙂

One of the topics that I think really affects me is about the copyrights and IP. Now, I try to only use images from the Web that have CC licenses that enable me to use it with proper attribution. I also hope that I can share my knowledge and awareness on this topic in my future working environment.

Moreover, we’ve explored many tools in this class and I would say that I really enjoy and will continue to use Diigo, and Twitter. Moreover, I think I will also use Scoop.it, Slideshare, Voicethread, Wikispaces, Learnist, and Edmodo for the right purpose when the time comes. Maybe I’ll continue blogging at my old blog or continue blogging at this site … if I have the time and energy! I think lots of my energy spent on my (almost) 9 months young daughter! lol

Other than the tools that I’ve explored, I believe this class inspired me to explore more tools out there and most of all, I love that the assignments of this class reflect the spirits of Web 2.0, which I hope that I can apply when I design and teach in the future 🙂

Best of luck and I hope we’ll “meet” again!

 

 

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Disconnect to connect

It’s almost the end of the semester and as Muslims, it’s also the end of our holy month, the Ramadhan. Tomorrow we will be celebrating eidulfitri! Sadly, I still have a lot of work to be done since I’m taking three summer courses and the final assignment to be submitted is on Friday! Wish me luck!!! 🙂

The following video is an eidulfitri  commercial of a network company in Malaysia. It’s about a teenager that went back to his village for eidulfitri celebration and wanted the Wifi connection for his phone, but the young boy said there was none. Actually, there was a Wifi connection, but the young boy disconnect the connection in order to have time with the teenager (I think it’s his cousin in the video). The story showed that sometimes we need to disconnect in order to connect 🙂

Qualitative Research Method Support Group

Hello eme6414!

I’ve created a group on Diigo to support learning and conducting qualitative research method. Here’s the link.

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I created the group on Diigo because I personally love to use Diigo as my personal cloud-based library and will continue to collect and share information with the group that I’ve created. Moreover, there are features such as highlights, sticky notes, comment, like button, and create a topic that I believe will promote participation, interaction, and contribution among members.

Come join me and contribute!

Where are you?

I found this post about the Four Stages on “Getting” Twitter here. I would say that I’m not addicted to Twitter, but I’m surprised that I really enjoy using it! I like to read my feed and to RT. I’ve also been following hashtags such as #phdchat and #phdforum on Twitter to cope with my PhD journey. What about you?

So, where are you of the four stages?

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Informal Learning

The following is an infographic showing why informal learning is growing. Informal learning enable learners to have the autonomy, flexibility, and relevancy on their learning. It also promotes efficiency and accessibility because learners choose what they want to learn at their own pace.

I’m currently taking a qualitative research method class and seeking to discover how do adults learn English as a second language informally.  From my preliminary data analysis, I found that informal learning is very important to support  learning English formally at school. My participants said that the English courses and teachers are very helpful, but they need to practice English informally outside of school. Some of the practice outside of school is watching YouTube videos showing English conversations and movies. They said that watching the videos and movies help them to practice listening skills and pronunciation. I’m also still learning English informally and focusing more on my writing skills. I’ve joined @write_practice, @GrammarUnder, @AdviceToWriters, and @PhD2Published on Twitter to learn about writing.

So, what about you? Any experience of informal learning that you would like to share?

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Social Media in Malaysia

I would say that there is no specific social media site that is blocked in Malaysia. We, Malaysians embrace social media tools. Our prime minister has a Twitter account and uses both English and Malay to communicate with his followers. Here’s a screenshot from his Twitter account related to the MH17 incident: Mohd Najib Tun Razak (NajibRazak) on Twitter

The nation’s number one singer is also active on her Instagram with more than 6.6M followers:

ctdk on Instagram

There’re also Malaysian youths that are actively sharing their thoughts on Youtube and use English as their main language to communicate:


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Other than that, there is also an annual event, the Malaysia Social Media Week hosted by a non-profit organization called the Social Media Chambers. The highlight of the week is the awards for Malaysian bloggers. Some of the categories of the awards are Best Auto Blog, Best Foodie Blog, Best Business Blog, and Best Lifestyle Blog.

Malaysia Social Media Week 2014

 

The Berita Harian Annual Awards is another event that give awards such as the Most Influential Artist on Social Media and  the Most Popular Artist on YouTube.  The event also hosts a “Social Media Party” for people who couldn’t go to the event but can share Tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts with #ABPH and #ABPHSELFIE tags.

Despite the Prime Minister promises that Malaysia will never censor the Internet, there are times when certain YouTube videos or blog posts that were politically sensitive, banned by the Malaysian government. In addition, the government also blocked WikiLeaks, The Pirate Bay, and several file-hosting website. I found this information here, on Wikipedia.