Learning Skills for Distance Learners :Providing 21st Century Learning Support
Abstract: It has always been a challenge for open and distance learners to cope with learning varying degrees of skills as they lack face-to-face interactions when compared to traditional learners. As such, learning skills are essential if students are to develop as independent, lifelong learners in the information age. However, the mass of information available as well as the growing educational demands has created new sets of problems for students in managing and using information effectively to build their own knowledge and future careers. Due to this, most distance education institutions have developed their own learning skills programs in order to prepare their students for open and distance education environment. In this paper, we will share findings on Open University Malaysia’s Learning Skills for Open and Distance Learners course (OUMH1103). The paper will provide suggestions on ways and means to circumvent this issue.