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INVESTIGATING TEACHERS’ ACTUAL LEVELS OF USE OF WHATSAPP APPLICATION WITH ENGLISH FOUNDATION AND CREDIT PROGRAM STUDENTS AT SULTAN QABOOS UNIVERSITY IN OMAN

INVESTIGATING TEACHERS’ ACTUAL LEVELS OF USE OF WHATSAPP APPLICATION WITH ENGLISH FOUNDATION AND CREDIT PROGRAM STUDENTS AT SULTAN QABOOS UNIVERSITY IN OMAN

Abstract. As of recently, mobile technology has been widely used by many students across the educational world to access various types of resources where they can regularly practice the skills of English language acquisition, i.e., speaking, reading, listening, and writing. This has been achieved by using many communication tools, such as internet browsing, social networks interaction and smartphones applications. With such innovations, communication among students has become more convenient. WhatsApp smartphones application, as one of these innovative tools, has made interaction and communication among people within societies, in general, and among students and teachers, in particular, more easy, open, informal, and accessible. This paper aims to investigate the teachers’ levels of actual use of the WhatsApp smartphone application with their own students who are studying in the English foundation and credit programs at Sultan Qaboos University. In this study, the survey research method was employed for data collection. The Level of Use Self-Assessment (LoU- SA) questionnaire was used to obtain a holistic picture of the teachers’ levels of actual use of the WhatsApp application. This study found that the majority of teachers were in the middle area and almost equally distributed at the Use Level representing the Mechanical use level (III), and the Routine Level (IVA). However, there were a big number of teachers who were at the Non-use Level (0), and none of the teachers were at the Integration Level (V), and the Renewal Level (VI) of the Use Level.
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The Impact of Management Innovation and Technological Innovation on Organizational Effectiveness: An Empirical Study from Managerial Staff Perspective in Sultan Qaboos University

The Impact of Management Innovation and Technological Innovation on Organizational Effectiveness: An Empirical Study from Managerial Staff Perspective in Sultan Qaboos University

The aim of this study was to explore the impact of managerial innovation and technological innovation on organizational effectiveness in Sultan Qaboos University. The researcher used descriptive quantitative and analytical methods based on secondary sources published in scientific peer reviewed journals, theses, Arabic and Foreign books and websites to prepare the theoretical framework. The researcher also used primary sources of information shown by the questionnaire, which was distributed to the entire population of the study,consists of 680 Managerial staff at Sultan Qaboos University. However, after excluding 5 questionnaires as they were not completed fully by the respondents; the number of returned and completed questionnaires, and thus valid for statistical analysis was 241.
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Predictors of First-Year Sultan Qaboos University Students’ Grade Point Average

Predictors of First-Year Sultan Qaboos University Students’ Grade Point Average

When considering student university readiness, Kuh (2007) examined the extent to which high school students are ready for university level of work. Kuh found that although majority of students are highly motivated for going to university, they are not academically prepared for university level of work. In supporting this conclusion, Yamamura, Martinez, and Saenz (2010) asserted that teachers, counsellors, parents, and superintendents play a key role in preparing high school students for university. Likewise, Lee (2011) and Maruyama (2012) argued that there should be no large disparity between high school courses and university courses in the level of academic expectations. Overall, the aforementioned studies point to a conclusion that student academic success in the university tends to be associated with pre-university academic preparation and achievement as well as other personal factors. Given the cost of higher education, increasing number of general education graduates and applicants to higher education in the Sultanate of Oman, it is critical to identify students who are the most likely to academically succeed in the university. The present study aimed at identifying predictors of first-year university GPA at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) using academic and non-academic variables.
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USING MOBILE PHONE APPS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSROOM BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT SULTAN QABOOS UNIVERSITY: ATTITUDES, PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES

USING MOBILE PHONE APPS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSROOM BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AT SULTAN QABOOS UNIVERSITY: ATTITUDES, PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES

To seek students‟ use of mobile phones in and outside classrooms and their perceptions, a questionnaire was designed by the researcher and distributed to 75 level 6 students from different disciplines from different sections of students in the foundation program at the Language Centre of Sultan Qaboos University. The format of the questionnaire was designed to get a wide range of information to serve the study. Part one consists of five questions asking for participants‟ demographic information. Part two consists of seven open ended questions with multiple choice response options, some of them asked questions about the participants‟ practices and perceptions on how they use mobile phones in their learning inside and outside the classroom. Hard copies of the questionnaires were distributed to three sections of undergraduate students, and one electronic version was sent by email to one section of students but the researcher got only 6 responses.
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The Incidence of Splenic Injury Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma (BAT), Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Experience

The Incidence of Splenic Injury Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma (BAT), Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Experience

Despite the small population of Oman, high incidence of motor vehicle collision MVC increases the incidence of splenic injury among young age group... Keywords Spleen, Splenic Injury, Bl[r]

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Rewards and Motivation Among Administrators of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA): An Empirical Study

Rewards and Motivation Among Administrators of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UNISZA): An Empirical Study

Motivation, then, is a pillar in the establishment and further improvement of quality in higher education. In Malaysia, university plays a very significant and supportive role in the development of the country. Strong university administrators have enabled to propel the country to increase the development level and earned the admiration of countries around the world. The university is a large component of the national education transformation. The effectiveness of university in Malaysia is determined by the capacity, motivation, and integrity of the civil service and the quality of its leadership (National Economic Advisory Council, 2010). It shows that the government is concerned with the motivation and performance quality of its employee especially from the public sector and the higher education institution as part of the government body. In order to achieve greater success, there must be a transformation in the way things are done and the need to refocus on key strategic area (Yusof, 2007).
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Outsourcing Star Improvement. Krista Sultan RN, BSN, MS. Program Development Manager

Outsourcing Star Improvement. Krista Sultan RN, BSN, MS. Program Development Manager

Patient profiles and preferences recorded to enhance gap closure success rates Patient outreach with proven scripting and workflow technology to schedule care gaps On-going r[r]

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Pengurusan penyenggaraan bangunan lama kajian kes : Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Bukit Timbalan, Johor

Pengurusan penyenggaraan bangunan lama kajian kes : Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim, Bukit Timbalan, Johor

Atas dasar ini, penulis merasakan adalah penting untuk membuat satu kajian yang khusus bagi melihat kepada aspek pengurusan penyenggaraan bagi bangunan lama atau bangunan bersejarah ini. Dengan ini, penulis telah memilih Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim di Bukit Timbalan, Johor Bahru sebagai kawasan kajian memandangkan Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim (BSI) ini telah lama wujud yang mana dahulunya merupakan sebuah rumah yang dibina oleh Temenggung Daeng Ibrahim. Permasalahan yang wujud di sini ialah berkisar kepada, apakah kaedah atau aspek pengurusan penyenggaraan yang digunapakai oleh pihak JKR Johor Bahru dalam memulihara dan membaikpulih bangunan lama seperti BSI ini. Di samping itu, penulis cuba untuk mengkaji mengenai kos yang diperlukan bagi kerja-kerja penyenggaraan ini termasuk juga masalah yang wujud ketika kerja-kerja penyenggaraan ini dijalankan. Bagi elemen pengurusan kos, penulis cuba menganalisa kaedah yang boleh digunapakai bagi mengurangkan kos penyenggaraan bangunan lama ini. Diakhir kajian ini, penulis akan memberikan cadangan-cadangan bagi proses penambahbaikan gerak kerja penyenggaraan yang dijalankan. Output dari kajian ini adalah lebih kepada masalah dan kaedah yang boleh digunapakai dalam mengurus kerja-kerja penyenggaraan bangunan lama seperti Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim ini.
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Transformation of Tangible Metaphor Architecture In Design Process of Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport Terminal

Transformation of Tangible Metaphor Architecture In Design Process of Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport Terminal

International organization of Scientific Research 50 | Page terminal. Main application of the concept practiced in the organization of space zonation, interior, and exterior of the building with open, well-defined, secure, and comfortable impression for Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport terminal of Makassar.

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Internet use and addiction among medical students of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia

Internet use and addiction among medical students of Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia

Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, described that it is an urgent necessity to consider obsessive Internet usage as a complete and distinct mental illness, an increasing number of studies recommend that some individu- als with IA are at substantial risk and demand specialized care and treatment because of the risk of grave psychological, emotional, and physical complications. 27,35–37 Among the most

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Amalan pembelajaran teradun pensyarah di Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah

Amalan pembelajaran teradun pensyarah di Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah

Dalam bahagian ini, pengkaji hanya memberi tumpuan kepada aspek-aspek yang ingin dikaji dalam kajian yang dilakukan. Kajian ini bertujuan untuk melihat tahap amalan pensyarah dari aspek pemikian, teknologi dan kemhiran literasi digital yang dimiliki dalam melaksanakan pembelajaran teradun. Selain itu juga, kajian ini adalah untuk melihat jika terdapat perbezaan yang signifikan dalam skor min antara jabatan pengajian dengan aspek amalan pensyarah yang dikaji. Pengkaji telah membina elemen-elemen berkaitan dengan amalan budaya pemikiran, teknologi dan kemahiran literasi digital pensyarah berdasarkan kajian yang dijalankan oleh Zainal Abidin pada 2014. Namun, kajian yang dilakukan ini hanya tertumpu kepada pensyarah yang terlibat dalam proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran (PdP) di Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (PSA), Shah Alam, Selangor.
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The Use of Photogrammetric Techniques in Documenting Cultural Heritage: The Example of Aksaray Selime Sultan Tomb

The Use of Photogrammetric Techniques in Documenting Cultural Heritage: The Example of Aksaray Selime Sultan Tomb

In 3 dimensional documentation study of Selime Sultan Tomb, two different softwares were used and the differences between them were revealed. It was seen that the width of stair that is 82 cm turned out 82.09 cm in drawing-based software and 81.9 cm in point cloud based software. These results show us that we can also produce a high-precision model in both softwares.

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Pedestrian System of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pedestrian System of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Three basic themes have guided the design strategy, provide an urban space in the existing open space in the middle of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to create a pleasant aesthetic and atmos[r]

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Perceptions of students in different phases of medical education of the educational environment: Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

Perceptions of students in different phases of medical education of the educational environment: Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin

Background: The Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) was planned and designed to quantify the educational environment precisely for medical schools and health-related professional schools. DREEM is now considered a valid and reliable tool, which is globally accepted for measuring the medical educational environment. The educational environment encountered by students has an impact on satisfaction with the course of study, perceived sense of well-being, aspirations, and academic achievement. In addition to being measurable, the educational environment can also be changed, thus enhancing the quality of medical education and the environment, and the medical education process. The objective of this study was to assess the educational environment of the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) undergradu- ate medical program from the students’ perspective. The study expected to explore UniSZA medical students’ overall perceptions, perceptions of learning, teachers, atmosphere, academic self-perception, and social self-perception using the DREEM questionnaire.
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Customs, immigration and quarantine  complex facilities for the disabled case study: Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru, Johor

Customs, immigration and quarantine complex facilities for the disabled case study: Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru, Johor

There is no research yet that study about the facilities performance requirements in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, Johor Bahru, Johor. But there are several researches that study about the satisfaction level and facilities for the disabled in public buildings. In the study conducted by Syazwani Abdul Kadir and Mariam Jamaludin (2012), they focus on user’s satisfaction level and perception on accessibility of public buildings in Putrajaya for the disabled. While Asiah Abdul Rahim and Nur Amirah Abd. Samad (2010) conducted a study on accessible built environment for the elderly and disabled in Malaysia with hotels as their case study.
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Feasibility Of Protection Zones For Water Resources In Arid Areas: Case Study; Ein Sultan Spring - Jericho, Palestine

Feasibility Of Protection Zones For Water Resources In Arid Areas: Case Study; Ein Sultan Spring - Jericho, Palestine

Increasing demand on current available water resources, urbanization and different economic activities put increasing pressure on existing water quality derived from these resources. An emerging need exists for protecting water resources in Palestine. In addition to the need for a strategy for solving such a problem, there is a need to show economic feasibility of implementing protection zones. In this paper, a methodology is introduced with real case study of how economic feasibility of water protection zones can be assessed concentrating on arid areas in Palestine. Ein Sultan spring is assessed using the introduced methodology; it has multiple users from different sectors (i.e., domestic, agriculture, commercial and public use) and multi-year cost benefit analysis technique used to show feasibility of water protection zones on long run. The study shows that even in arid areas in Palestine - where small quantities are derived from springs- implementation of water protection zones is still feasible, the results of this study emphasize on importance and feasibility of water resources protection zones
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Local community perception towards the place identity of the royal mausoleum of sultan Mahmud Shah, Kota Tinggi, Malaysia

Local community perception towards the place identity of the royal mausoleum of sultan Mahmud Shah, Kota Tinggi, Malaysia

This paper deals with the assessment on the local community the feeling of attachment towards heritage uilding as it prior in shaping the identity for the place, attention heritage building to make it more presentable and outstanding as tourist attraction and conservation purpose. As Hawke (2010) and Grimwade and that, a small scale of heritage site that directly represented personal lives of local community should contribute a significant value of the heritage and create a potential benefit for local community as well. Ashworth (2007) stated that there is an identity in heritage place that is generated by the history where the identity becomes the The Royal Mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud Shah is one example of small and non-famous heritage building. Despite of that, it is also a historical landmark in Kota Tinggi. However the local community seems to ‘oversight’ the building probably due to its ‘randomness’ and being seen every day in their daily basis. The Royal Mausoleum of Sultan Mahmud Shah is significance for the from the glorious reign of Melaka Sultanate. The death of Sultan Mahmud Shah II, has remarked the end of Melaka Sultanate in Johor heirs background INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
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Keberkesanan Menjalani Latihan Industri Di Kalangan Pelajar – Pelajar Politeknik Sultan Abdul
Halim Mu’adzam Shah

Keberkesanan Menjalani Latihan Industri Di Kalangan Pelajar – Pelajar Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah

ABSTRAK: Latihan industri merupakan satu daripada program kurikulum pendidikan politeknik di Malaysia. Pelajar di politeknik akan diwajibkan untuk menjalani latihan industri di sektor swasta ataupun kerajaan. Namun begitu, adakah objektif latihan industri ini tercapai dan berkesan kepada pelajar. Kajian projek ini tertumpu kepada mengkaji keberkesanan latihan industri di kalangan pelajar- pelajar Politeknik Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Bandar Darulaman, Jitra, Kedah Darulaman. Aspek yang dikaji ialah Kesesuaian kurikulum, kerjasama pihak industri, kesesuaian tempat latihan dan penyeliaan oleh Unit Latihan dan Perhubungan Industri . Satu set borang soal selidik diberikan kepada 146 orang pelajar di semester 4. Satu kajian rintis telah diadakan oleh 10 orang pelajar bagi mengesahkan kebolehpercayaan soalan. Alat kajian yang digunakan ialah satu set borang soal selidik yang diberikan terus kepada sample kajian. Data yang di perolehi di analisis dengan komputer program SPSS 7.5. Dapatan dari kajian menunjukkan bahawa latihan industri ini berkesan kepada pelajar - pelajar yang menjalani latihan. Walaupun begitu keberkesanan latihan masih kurang kerana faktor pensyarah masih kurang membuat lawatan industri. Berdasarkan kepada dapatan kajian ini, pihak Unit Latihan dan Perhubungan Industri membuat lawatan sekurang – kurangnya sekali dalam masa 6 bulan dibuat kepada tempat-tempat latihan industri untuk menjadikan latihan industri lebih berkesan.
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A study investigating the mismatch between “cutting edge” course book and the needs of prince sultan air base students

A study investigating the mismatch between “cutting edge” course book and the needs of prince sultan air base students

teaching English to cadets attending the Prince Sultan Air Base English Language School (ELS) developed at the Technical Studies Institute (TSI), Dhahran city, Saudi Arabia, by the department for curriculum development. It is argued that this book is not appropriate to meet the needs of those students. As an officer and from my experience working as a teacher I have noticed that the current course book has this particular problem although it has many advantages. I have also found that the English language of the students is weak and needs would be better served by replacing the textbook currently in use with the world renowned Cutting Edge textbooks developed by Pearson Education. By using the new course book, the level of students has been improving and dents are now able to use the language in an adequate way. However, the course book which students are currently using is a general English course book and the learners have very specific needs. Each individual gained a degree at the
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