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Learning Beyond Boarders: Comparative Between Malaysian and Indonesian Higher Education Institutions

A comparative study with the main objective is to examine the effects of online collaborative economics project that connected students in Malaysia and Indonesia with their attitudes towards online learning. This study investigates the effects of online collaborative on teamwork skills among the students. A quasi-experimental method and questionnaire were used in this study. There were 128 students from two universities selected randomly and divided into three groups. There are two experimental groups and a control group. The results showed that Malaysian students in Synchronous Online Collaborative group significantly outperformed in their attitude and teamwork skill mean score. Indonesian students in Asynchronous Online Collaborative group outperformed in teamwork skills compared to Synchronous Online Collaborative and Conventional C. Overall, these findings support positive effect of online collaborative learning.
Key Word: Online Collaborative, Teamwork Skills, Online Learning Attitudes.

An Investigation of Virtual and Hardcopy Persian Rendering of English Novels: A cultural approach

Virtual rendering of novels is an emerging phenomenon in translation studies in which novels are actually translated and uploaded chapter by chapter at websites and weblogs. Regarding the rate of chapters downloaded, the acceptability of virtual translation among novel readers is investigated. As far as translation norms are concerned, however, there seems to be no control over the process or the product of translation in this type of rendering. That is due to plenty of limitations imposed on legal publication of such translated texts in the form of a hardcopy. Thus, virtual translators tend to publish their products online-a much easier way, without any academic supervision. Taking this lack of control into consideration, it is assumed that there should be some differences between virtual and hardcopy translations of novels in all aspects. Accordingly, based on the distinction between two key cultural strategies of domestication and foreignization proposed by Venuti (1998a), the present study explores the ways in which foreign literature has been portrayed in Persian through virtual and hardcopy translations of novels. Focusing on these two strategies and investigating four English novels with their Persian virtual and hardcopy translations, it is revealed that domestication is the dominant strategy in hardcopy renderings, whereas virtual renderings tend to make use of foreignization more frequently.
Key Word: Domestication, Foreignization, Virtual Translation, Novels, Culture Specific Items.

Determinants of Achievement Gap in Educational Research Course among Graduate Education Students at University of Botswana.

Level of expectation at the beginning of a course is one of the driving forces underlying learners’ performance in the course. A low level of such expectation poses a problem to achievement in the course. This is more so a problem when such course has some quantitative component like in the case of a research courses in education. In that case the likelihood of a negative gap between an expected and obtained grade is expected from students. This study examined the determinants of achievement gap among University of Botswana graduate education students after exposure to educational research courses. Seventy-one (71) graduate education students reacted to questionnaire items concerning the determinants of achievement gap due to change in their initial orientation towards research through a compulsory research methodology course. Their responses were analysed using SPSS descriptive statistics, population t-test, independent t-test correlation and ANOVA to find achievement gap among University of Botswana Education graduate students. The findings of this study indicated that the determinants of achievement gap in education research course depend on student expectations before the research course, student attitude towards research and research experience of students.
Key Word: Research capacity building, Graduate education, Achievement gap, University of Botswana (UB).
NENTY, H. JOHNSON and ADEDOYIN, O. O 90-103 Download(349)

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