the advancement of technology, access to education opportunities is changing. There are
now more resources than ever as tools emerge that might narrow the gap between U.S.
and other nations as regards language literacies. Still, the following question remains:
what technologies advance students in their quest to become linguistically and culturally
prepared for the global society?
Purpose of the Study
To address the above question, the following mixed methods study will
investigate the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on student achievement. A triangulation
mixed methods design will be used; a type of design in which different but
complementary data will be collected on the same topic and the results will be compared
and contrasted (Creswell & Plano-Clark, 2006).
In this study, survey data will be
collected using the CCS (Classroom Community Scale) created by Dr. Alfred Rovai
(2002), and pretest and posttest data will be collected to measure the relationship between
qualitative online interviews will explore the perceptions about Web 2.0 technologies and
student use in online language learning for students at a Midwestern community college.
The reason for collecting both quantitative and qualitative data is to bring together the
strengths of both forms of research to compare the results from two different perspectives
(Creswell, 2003; Punch, 1998).
The pretest is designed to establish prior knowledge of the students in order to
compare to the posttest data and measure student achievement. The pretest and posttest