Online Distance Learning provides Additional Learning Opportunities and improves the Socioeconomic Status of Working Adults in Malaysia
Dominic Wong, University College Sedaya International, Malaysia
Asian Journal of Distance Education Volume 6, Number 1 ISSN 1347-9008
There are now three online distance learning (ODL) universities in Malaysia providing learning opportunities to working adult learners. The flexibility of ODL is very suitable for working adults who seek higher education without leaving their jobs and losing their earning power. Apart from its flexibility, ODL enables working adults applying whatever they learn to their workplace, especially those taking courses that are related to their jobs which can promote the adaptation and transfer of skills to cope with changing technology, work practices and organisational structure. This Paper reports how ODL has expanded the learning opportunities and ultimately improved the working adults’ socioeconomic status. Interviews were conducted with past and present adult students at university to find out how ODL suited the lifestyle of the s tuden ts as busy wo rk ing adu l ts . Th is Pape r a lso repo r ts how ODL imp roved the socioeconomic status of the working adult learners. Findings showed that ODL provided additional credentials and knowledge to these working adult learners to advance their careers, and that through career advancement, these working adults obtained better jobs and better pay. Thus ODL ultimately improved the socioeconomic status of working adults in Malaysia.
Wong, D. Online Distance Learning provides Additional Learning Opportunities and improves the Socioeconomic Status of Working Adults in Malaysia. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 6(1), 5-14.