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Assessment of online reflections : engaging English second language (ESL) students

Birch, Dawn and Volkov, Michael 2007, Assessment of online reflections : engaging English second language (ESL) students, Australasian journal of educational technology, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 291-306.

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Title Assessment of online reflections : engaging English second language (ESL) students
Author(s) Birch, Dawn
Volkov, MichaelORCID iD for Volkov, Michael orcid.org/0000-0002-2459-4515
Journal name Australasian journal of educational technology
Volume number 23
Issue number 3
Start page 291
End page 306
Publisher ASCILITE
Place of publication Como, W.A.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1449-3098
1449-5554
Summary Online discussion boards are being used increasingly by tertiary educators as a tool for encouraging greater student interaction and developing learning communities. In particular, educators who have adopted a learner centered, socio-constructivist approach to teaching have sought to facilitate collaborative learning in which students reflect upon and share their experiences and perspectives, and construct knowledge together through developing shared meanings. This paper presents the findings of an electronic survey of the perceptions of 70 distance education EFL and ESL students concerning a compulsory assessment item involving contribution to an online course discussion board. The study revealed that the majority of the students enjoyed the assessment item and agreed that posting to the online course discussion board had allowed them to achieve a range of cognitive and social learning outcomes, as well as to develop some important graduate skills. In particular, ESL students reported the benefits of posting to the discussion board in terms of sharing their experiences with others and reducing the feeling of isolation. Further, when considering social outcomes, ESL students perceive the discussion board provided them with an opportunity to meet and develop a closer relationship with other students in the course and encouraged them to keep up with their studies.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, ASCILITE
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007220

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