Wawasan Open University was established in 2006 as the third open distance learning institution in Malaysia. Wawasan Open University is the only open distance learning institution in Malaysia to offer Advanced Diploma and Honours Degree level studies in accounting in Malaysia. In September 2013, Wawasan Open University opened her door to full time on campus learners with the initial offering of Honours Degrees in Accounting and Management. This study looks at the differences and challenges of presenting similar accounting degrees in both modes. Embarking on a new form of course presentation is a normal form of institution advancement; however WOU is different from the norm as most institutions expended from conventional on campus learning but WOU did the reverse. At the time of writing, WOU is the only institution in Malaysia that is licensed to present the accounting degree program in both the distance learning and on campus modes.
The researcher has made a comparative study of the accounting program through the perusal of the various documents pertaining to the creation of the syllabus and approaches to teaching that was submitted to the Malaysian Qualifying Agency and the various professional accounting bodies for purposes of accreditation. The researcher next looked at the presentation of the accounting courses at the university by observing how classes are conducted and a perusal of how examinations and assignments are presented using both modes.
Using “Dick and Carey’s (1996) instructional design model” and “Merrill’s (2007, 2009) five prescriptive instructional principles”, the researcher looks at how different both modes of teaching. By understanding the peculiarities of both mode of teaching, the study would be helpful to accounting instructors to design and present accounting courses in the future in the distance learning and on campus students.
Paper presented at the 28th Asian Association of Open Universities Conference (28-31 October 2014; Hong Kong)