Title: Investigating the effectiveness of Moodle-based Blended Learning in College English course
Author: Lichun Sun
Address: School of Foreign Languages, Changchun Institute of Technology, 395 Kuanping Road, Changchun 130012, China
Abstract: The present study applies Moodle-based Blended Learning to College English teaching and conducts an experimental study of 90 non-English majors within one semester in order to explore the effectiveness of Moodle-based Blended Learning. Forty five students in the experimental group received the Blended Learning model, while 45 students in the control group received the traditional grammar translation method. The effectiveness is quantitatively assessed by Kirkpatrick's evaluation model from four aspects of reaction, learning, behaviour and skills. SPSS17.0 is used to analyse the collected data. In-depth interview is also used to confirm the results of quantitative analysis. The results show that compared with the traditional classroom face-to-face learning model, the Moodle-based Blended Learning can greatly improve the language learners' enthusiasm and initiative, effectively promote the learners' English comprehensive competence and strengthen their cooperative learning and team spirit.
Keywords: English language learning; Moodle; blended learning; learning effectiveness; grammar translation; cooperative learning; team spirit; learner enthusiasm; learner initiative; virtual learning environment; VLE; online learning; e-learning; electronic learning.
Int. J. of Information Technology and Management, 2014 Vol.13, No.1, pp.83 - 94
Submission date: 17 Jan 2013
Date of acceptance: 30 Mar 2013
Available online: 05 Feb 2014