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The construction of a L2 composition MOOC using Google Classroom

Mei-Hung Lin https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1605-81141

1 Taipei Medical University, TAIWAN mhlin@tmu.edu.tw

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v17n2.384


Abstract

With the rapid development of technology, online writing instruction (OWI) has become an integral part of all writing instruction. However, one of the challenges encountered by OWI instructors has been to select an appropriate online learning platform. This study developed a small-scale fully online writing course – a college-level L2 Composition MOOC using Google Classroom, a free and easy-to-use online learning platform, to explore (a) the efficacy of teaching writing using MOOCs and most importantly (b) the pedagogical use of Google Classroom in the field of OWI. Participants were 33 EFL students who learnt knowledge and skills needed to write a literature review assignment in this 6-week, theme-based composition MOOC. Results demonstrated that the composition MOOC was well received by the participants and can be effective in teaching writing given that students made improvement on both knowledge of citation practices and final written product. Specifically, the technology in Google Classroom allowed teachers to create different types of learning materials, assignments, and assessments. In addition, its collaborative features, such as file sharing and real-time interaction, empowered teachers to create interactive, communicative activities that writing pedagogies value, making Google Classroom a good platform for OWI.



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Lin, M.-H. (2021). The construction of a L2 composition MOOC using Google Classroom. The JALT CALL Journal, 17(3), 277–297. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v17n2.384


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