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Exploring the Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies on Spanish Language Students in a Community College

The subject of this Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposal, which is being submitted as ―Exempt Status‖, is a mixed methods study that will look at the effect and use of Web 2.0 technologies on language learning.

Describe the significance of the project:

This study will look at three factors that affect student achievement: active learning, student engagement and building a community in the online classroom. These three factors are enhanced by using Web 2.0 technologies. This enhancement will be measured through the use of the CCS (Classroom Community Scale) created by Dr. Alfred Rovai (2002) and pre and posttest to measure student achievement through active learning and student engagement. The asynchronous online interview will use the same group of students to gather their use of Web 2.0 technologies in language learning.

The mixed methods approach seems very applicable to this type of data because it offers the generalizability of the quantitative piece while personalizing and adding voice with the qualitative piece. According to Creswell and Plano-Clark (2007), ―By mixing the datasets, the researcher provides a better understanding of the problem than if either datasets had been used alone.‖ (p.7) In an online classroom so many times students‘ voices are never heard because they are not given opportunity or they are able to avoid opportunity. Student achievement is based on the students so to not have both hard numbers to generalize with and their voice to personalize I believe it does a injustice to the population being studied.

Understanding the experiences of students after an using Web 2.0 technology tools in their language learning answer questions about how to design curriculum to enhance and promote language learning. The study may help educators understand what experiences are internalized by students through using Web 2.0 technology. The study will help to answer the question of what effect do these technology tools have on the ultimate outcome, student achievement in language. If this study positively impacts student achievement, similar curricula modifications might be considered.

The study will be of interest and benefit to language educators and students specifically, but all educators and students can benefit by exploring the impact of Web 2.0 technology on student achievement in learning. College education faculty can benefit by examining the use and impact learner initiated web production on learning.

Describe methods and procedures:

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