Blended Learning Through Schoology: An Activity Theory Perspective

Kean Wah, Lee and Choon Keong, Tan and Shi Ing, Ng and Phaik Sim, The and , and , (2012) Blended Learning Through Schoology: An Activity Theory Perspective. In: 15th International Call Research Conference 2012, 24 - 27 May 2012, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan.

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Blended learning (BL) is not uncommon in Higher Education. However, using Schoology, a social network-based tool whichamalgamates the main features of Facebook with that of moodle-based learning management system is still a novelty; particularly in a challenged environment where the majority of student teachers come from remote schools in Borneo, Malaysia with various shortcomings. This two-semester long study examines the learning experiences of the first cohort of primary school non-graduate TESL teachers (N=122) in learning two B Ed TESL courses.The main purposes of the study were to investigate (1) the extent in which the BL approach which combines the traditional classroom learning, tutorial with web-based learning help the students in their learning, and (2) the affordances and contradictions brought about by the BL system viewed via the theoretical lens of Activity Theory (AT). Both qualitative and quantitative techniques were used, namely a survey of open and closed questions, and focus groups interviews, to gain an appreciation of the students’ experience with the BL system.The survey revealed teachers positive perceptions of the blended course design and Schoology as a platform for learning. However, interview data revealed tensions both between and within the components of the activity system in the BL approach, implying that more needs to be done than merely implement learning changes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blended Learning, Remote School, Malaysian Primary School English Teachers
Subjects: Educational Technology > Computer Education
Divisions: ?? Universiti Malaysia Sabah ??
Depositing User: @ IT Manager UTM...
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 17:06
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:00

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