Volume 17, Issue 2  August 2021, pp. 158–176          Download PDF

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Learners’ perspectives on interaction in a language MOOC

Napat Jitpaisarnwattana https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7089-47731, Hayo Reinders https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3635-18332, Pornapit Darasawang https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2463-08623

1 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, THAILAND napat.jit@gmail.com
2 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, THAILAND hayoreinders@gmail.com
3 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, THAILAND pornapitdar@gmail.com

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v17n2.472


Abstract

Interaction between learners is an important part of language learning in online environments. For Language MOOCs, however, low levels of L-L interaction have been documented in previous studies. The reasons why learners choose to interact or not to interact with other learners in LMOOC environments remain unclear. This study examines how 136 language learners interacted with other learners in and out of a Language MOOC on English presentation. It also investigates the learner-reported reasons that encourage them to interact and prevent them from interacting with other learners. The results demonstrate that the level of learner-learner interaction was quite low in the LMOOC overall. More active learners cited a sense of belonging to the group and confidence in their English ability as the reasons for interacting with others, and less active learners reported a preference for F2F interaction, lack of time and lack of English proficiency as factors preventing them from doing so. Learners also reported frequent use of personal communication tools to interact with other learners outside of the LMOOC. We conclude with a number of suggestions and implications for future LMOOC design, implementation and research.



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Jitpaisarnwattana, N., Reinders, H., & Darasawang, P. (2021). Learners’ perspectives on interaction in a language MOOC. The JALT CALL Journal, 17(2), 158–176. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v17n2.472


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