Learning Process in Mathematics and Statistics Courses towards Engineering Students: E-learning or Traditional Method?

  •  Norngainy Mohd Tawil    
  •  Nur Arzilah Ismail    
  •  Izamarlina Asshaari    
  •  Haliza Osman    
  •  Zulkifli Mohd Nopiah    
  •  Azami Zaharim    


Engineering courses such as Mathematics and Statistics at an undergraduate level are frequently presented to the students in traditional way. In order to be parallel with young generations in terms of technology, e-learning was introduced to engineering students in FKAB with the hope that e-learning is a way to enhance learning in a more convenience and cost-effective manner. This study examines students’ perception towards the importance and usefulness of modern technologies such as e-learning (WILEY PLUS) in comparison with the more traditional lecture, as knowledge delivery or alternatively, a method of learning process. The objectives of this study are to test whether there is any difference between these two methods and to identify which method is more important and agreeable to the students. A total of 182 students of First Year and 179 of Second Year engineering students at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UKM who have taken Mathematics and Statistics courses respectively involved in this survey. The descriptive statistics such as mean and standard deviation and inferential statistics as paired t-test was used to compare these two methods. This study reveals that there is a significant difference between WILEY PLUS and lecturing in Mathematics and Statistics courses. Overall, lecturing was significantly of importance and favourable in the learning process for both courses compared to the newly-introduced WILEY PLUS.

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