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Institution-wide language programmes, higher education and blended learning : students’ experience of a virtual learning environment among beginners and post-beginners of French

Institution-wide language programmes, higher education and blended learning : students’ experience of a virtual learning environment among beginners and post-beginners of French

Ticheler, Nathalie Valerie (2013) Institution-wide language programmes, higher education and blended learning : students’ experience of a virtual learning environment among beginners and post-beginners of French. EdD thesis, University of Greenwich.

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Abstract

In a context of precariousness of Modern Foreign Languages and promotion of e-learning at national level, often referred to as “technology-enhanced learning”, the targeted institution, a “new” university in the United Kingdom, offers an Institution-Wide Language Programme where language classes are presented as a blended learning package of face-to-face classes coupled with the use of the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Operating within a hermeneutical phenomenological approach and constructionist epistemological principles, this thesis seeks to investigate the students’ experience of a VLE among beginners and post-beginners of French and in particular whether their level (beginners or post-beginners), status (undergraduates, post-graduates or external students) or the lecturers in charge of the various groups for the face-to-face component of the module, have any significance on their experience.

At a time when the students’ feedback and the quality of their learning experience are considered with care by institutions of Higher Education, this thesis contributes to an enhanced knowledge of the students’ experience in connection with a VLE, obtained through a mixed-method approach based on the completion of 96 questionnaires and six follow-up interviews, in association with socio-constructivist principles.

This research differentiates itself by being conducted specifically about students’ experience of the institutional VLE in a context of blended learning, with students based primarily on site, and study of languages. Although they may be considered as digitally literate, students’ response regarding their own experiences indicates that digital skills do not appear as readily transferable to formal learning contexts. Therefore, lecturers need to guide students in a structured and progressive manner in order to maximise their engagement with the VLE. In addition, it contributes further to knowledge by highlighting implications for pedagogical practices.

Item Type: Thesis (EdD)
Additional Information: uk.bl.ethos.616546
Uncontrolled Keywords: student experience, e-learning, modern foreign language teaching, virtual learning environment,
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Centre for Leadership & Enterprise
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2017 13:00
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11987

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