History and the new media: Teaching form five history in Malaysia: Prospects and challenges

Yacob, S.P.; Zainol, R.; Mohd Rus, A.K.A. (2014) History and the new media: Teaching form five history in Malaysia: Prospects and challenges. In: 6th International Conference on Educational and New Learning Technologies, 07-09 July 2014, Barcelona, Spain.

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    Abstract

    Digital history, is “an approach to examining and representing the past that takes advantage of new communication technologies such as computers and the Web. It draws on essential features of the digital realm, such as databases, hypertextualization, and networks, to create and share historical knowledge.” This definition comes from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, one of the earliest proponents of digital history, whose web site showcases several digital history projects. In Europe and the US, such an approach or methodology is very popular and provides an effective teaching mechanism. However, in Malaysia, “digital history” is quite unknown and rarely explored by academicians or teachers of history at the undergraduate or even secondary-school levels. Even at the university level, there is not yet a course offered on digital humanities. Thus, this study seeks to instil awareness among teachers on the use of new media in teaching history. An educational history web site was created or developed to provides history modules that integrate the new media and innovative approaches in teaching Form Five History. A blog was also set up as another means of channeling information to history teachers in a more interactive, quicker, and easier manner. In summary, this approach has the capability to significantly impact the delivery of Form Five history and at the same time inculcate deep interest based on innovative, interactive, and attractive teaching and learning methods. If such an approach is given the best opportunity to be employed as a teaching and learning tool, history as a boring subject will only be a myth believed by those who are technologically illiterate. This study evaluates the receptivity of teachers towards incorporating the new media in teaching history. It seeks to identify barriers and challenges by offering some reflections on a number of issues limiting history teachers’ potential to use the new media. This study goes on to offer solutions to overcome these challenges.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Creators:
    1. Yacob, S.P.(University of Malaya)
    2. Zainol, R.(University of Malaya)
    3. Mohd Rus, A.K.A.(University of Malaya)
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Mr. Mohd Samsul Ismail
    Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 08:23
    Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 08:23
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/13410

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