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The results are in! What worked and didn't with a large moodle application.

A private four year university in northern Japan made a commitment to provide salient online learning materials as an adjunct for their first year English core curriculum among the non-English majors. Such materials matched the textbooks used and were written into the syllabus thus giving the learner 30% authorship over their final grade. Moodle was the Learning Management System used. Three different levels of a popular textbook series were applied to a population of nearly 600 students. All materials made available online were transferred from print and other media into moodle with the full knowledge and permission of the publisher. The syllabus was complex in that students had to do online Preparation Exercises prior to classroom instruction and then Review Units upon chapter completion within a liberal, but set time frame. The idea was to have the students "touch English" outside of class at least twice a week all throughout the spring and fall semesters. Students were surveyed after a full academic year with the majority liking the plan. Many formed new habits of studying English both in and out of class. Negative, yet constructive comments, proved helpful for further curricular revision and tailoring to local needs.

Author(s):

Thomas Goetz    
Division of Foreign Languages
Hokusei Gakuen University
Japan

Thomas Goetz is a professor of English and Director of the Cross Departmental Language Program. He has been a leader in moodle at Hokusei University, promoting blended learning at all levels. His research is in the application of computers for language learning. He has presented widely in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. He holds two Masters Degrees, one in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersry and the other from Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in the USA.

 

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