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The Value of Reality and Students’ Expectations on the Online Learning

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Online learning/online tutorial is a learning assistance provided by the Open University. The research aimed to analysed the value of reality and students’ expectation to the activities in online learning. The study population was 500 students at Magister of Basic Education. All students were given a questionnaire and the data was obtained based on results of questionnaires from the 115 return. The indicators used were: (1) Access to the online tutorial activities, (2) The existence of online tutorials material, (3) Tutors’ Mastery on the learning materials, (4) Interactions that occurred in the online tutorial, (5) Feedback given by the tutor. The pilot project of questionnaires was done by calculating the correlation of “product moment” to 30 students on a 28-point statement. The whole point statement showed valid results. Data were analyzed by using the average value and Importance Performance Analysis. The results showed there was a gap between reality and students’ expectations, and the highest disparity was on students’ expectations on statements of: tutor gave depth training in exercise or assignment of cases, tutors’ feedback/correction on the students’ work, tutors summarize, review and conclude substance discussed in the tutorial, tutors to check students’ understanding of the tutorial subject matter, and the ease of communicating with tutors in online tutorials. However the students respond positively in: the interesting initiation material, the interesting matter of discussion, the tutor’s ability to explain the scope of the subject matter, linking enrichment materials, asking students to ask and answer in the discussion forums.
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Keywords: Expectations; Inequality; Online Tutorials; Students’

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Lecturer of Education Faculty at Universitas Terbuka, Tangerang Selatan 15418, Indonesia

Publication date: July 1, 2018

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