Developing Moodle as an e-learning alternative to the kinesthetic approach for Maritime English subject during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period in Malaysia: the conceptualization of distress and routine messages of the IMO SMCP
This paper shares impactful insights on Moodle e-learning which was developed as an alternative to face-to-face Kinesthetic approach in teaching distress and routine messages of the IMO SMCP during the period of Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia. The enforcement of the MCO has resulted in the teaching and learning of the STCW courses (Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping for Seafarers) being drastically shifted from normal face-to-face facilitation to full online distance learning (ODL). Hence, the study aims to discover the potential of Moodle to replicate the effectiveness of the kinesthetic approach in teaching IMO SMCP’s Distress and Routine messages to new students. This is a two-tier experiment which covers both e-learning intervention and assessments and concludes with a quantitative study. The results of this study show that the Moodle e-learning, developed to replace the kinesthetic approach, has been successful in teaching the distress and routine messages of the IMO SMCP to novice students. The findings of this study provide clearer direction in online distance learning to Akademi Laut Malaysia (ALAM) and its stakeholders for continuous quality improvement. Moreover, the study also encourages more intensive and extensive involvement of MET trainers in the Moodle learning management system (LMS) development and usage in the teaching of STCW courses.