LEARNERS’ FEEDBACK ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE USING A LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Meyers, K. Ferreira and Yongxin, Du LEARNERS’ FEEDBACK ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE USING A LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. In: The 1st Sriwijaya University Learning and Education International Conference (SULE-IC) 2014, 16-18 May 2014, Palembang.

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    Abstract

    This particular study aimed at determining the meanings/sense learners give to their autonomous learning situation in an online learning management system. The problem is centered around the learners and seeks to find out how these learners rate/perceive their learning process an whether the instructional design of the online environment can assist in the learning of English(as a Second or Foreign Language). It also seeks to find out whether there are significant differences between respondents from the Institute of distance education IDE (University of Swaziland, Swaziland) (distance learners) and respondents who take the same coursein a conventional learning environment (i.e. a classroom setting), and distance learning respondents from the Shanghai Open University (Shanghai, China).The objectives assisted the researchers to look at previous TAM Models and determine whether Moodle as it is used at the University of Swaziland fits in the model. The research proposes a revised TAM model.The main research questions were the following:(1 ) What is the learners’ feedback on the institutional delivery of their English course(s) in the online learning management system? Research question one has various components, including perceived usefulness of the LMS, actual usage, etc.,(2) Is there a significant difference in the feedback between distance learners (off-campus) and traditional (on-campus) students? In general the researchers positioned their methodology from a qualitative approach. In order to answer the main research question, namely what meaning/sense do learners give their autonomous learning situation in an online learning management system, or how learners view their learning process, the researcher used a questionnaire which was distributed to all participants in the study – 29 in total for the University of Swaziland and 132 in total for the Shanghai Open University. In addition to the above-mentioned topics which were surveyed using a multiple choice type of question, there were five open-ended questions to further probe the respondent’s feelings and opinions. These looked at the reasons for liking or disliking the learning management system, the actual experiences with the LMS, the way the lecturers “used” the LMS and how the respondents felt the University could use the LMS to enhance the teaching/learning environment. Keywords: learning management system – distance learners – English language – TAM model

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Teacher Training and Science Education > Department of Language and Arts Education
    Depositing User: Dr, M.A. Hartono Hartono
    Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 07:42
    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 07:42
    URI: http://eprints.unsri.ac.id/id/eprint/6762

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