Student Perspectives The impact of using technology in language learning

Goal 1 of the Saudi National Center for E-learning and Distance Learning, an affiliate of Ministry of Higher Education, is “to spread e-learning applications and solutions in all higher education institutions in accordance with the best quality standards.” King Khalid University is one of the leading Saudi universities that have recently adopted this new mode of teaching/learning with much of zeal and enthusiasm at the training, support, design and delivery levels.

It is a fact that adopting such technology in language learning opens up exciting vistas of effective learning, promoting interactivity, collaboration, portability, creativity and innovation. English language learners find themselves overwhelmed with much online input compared to the very limited input available in face-to-face teaching environment. Effective involvement of students in utilizing interactive tools such as chat, course mail, discussion boards, wikis, etc. are expected to enhance the amount of input and therefore influences their output positively.

My presentation focused on the impact of using technology on language learning with particular reference to the influence of Blackboard Learning Management System on the development of English language learning at KKU.

 

The presentation tried to answer the following two questions:

  1. To what extent does this abundance of input influence the students' abilities to produce output in the new language they    are learning? 
  2. Do learners of English feel that their progress in English language learning is enhanced by e-learning systems provided by the university?

To answer these two crucial questions, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) (Davis, 1989) serves as the theoretical basis for this study. TAM proposes that perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness of technology are predictors of user attitude towards using technology, subsequent behavioral intentions and actual usage. A researcher-designed questionnaire was developed to explore students' perceptions of the impact of technology on the development of various language skills, namely speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Some of the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth level students (100 respondents)who have been taking blended courses for the last two years participated in this study to explore their views with regard to the influence of using technology on their progress in learning English. 

 

The study concluded with the following results:

  • - Students highly value the importance of blended learning in listening and vocabulary courses. Writing and reading skills take the second position in benefitting from e-learning tools, according to students perceptions. 
  • - Majority of the participants think that using e-learning does not help students in speaking skills development as with other skills.
  • - Degree of the students’ acceptance of the online environment is generally promising.
  • -  Interactivity and communication among students and interactivity and communication between learners and instructors; and learners’ interaction with the content need further efforts by instructors and learners. Statistics shows weakness in these aspects.    

By Dr. Abdul Wahed Al Zumor (Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics)

Presented in Imam University Symposium


The full presentation is attached:

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Students Trainers and Trainees

College of Science successfully established the first training session presented by student to his colleagues on how to use e-learning systems, where the student Abdul-Majeed Alamri conducted a training session for his fellow students under the supervision and follow up of eLearning Specialist, Mr. Ali Alshehri and eUnit Supervisor, Dr. Abu Al-Wafa Salem.

The Dean of the college, Dr. Abdullah Suhaimi, strongly supports the idea and has great role in achieving it.

Session, which is the first of sessions to come, passed successfully and was fruitful.


Launch of the CS College Community in cooperation with E-Learning Club

On Sunday 1-4-2012, Computer Science College launched the students community in cooperation with E-Learning Club in presence of the Dean of the CS College, Heads of Departments and a large number of students.

This community in Blackboard system aims to promote E-Learning culture within the University, support the students and train them on E-Learning Systems.



For Students The E-Learning Club

The E-Learning Club Contact Details : -
 
Main Office of the Club: Building A, Entrance 8, Room No. 72
Facebook:
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Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ #! / Elckku
Email:
elclubkku@gmail.com
Mobile: 053687376 (Media Unit, Ahmed Al Omari)

Training Sessions at Girls' College in Namas

E-Learning Unit at Girls' College of Science and Arts  in Namas conducted training sessions for students of the college which lasted three weeks, 19/3/1433 until 6/4/1433.

The training sessions presented by eUnit Supervisor, Dr. Iman Hilmi and included the following subjects:

  • - how to access the learning management system (Blackboard)
  • - how to submit the assignments and tests
  • - how to use forums and email in Blackboard
  • - how to access the virtual classrooms

The sessions were fruitful and interactive.