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Limitations of the Study

This study will determine the impact of the use of Web 2.0 technologies on

language learning. However, several limitations in the study should be considered in the

interpretation and generalization of the findings. The researcher‘s biases, prejudices and

attitudes will likely shape the interpretation and approach to the study (Creswell, 2003).

These biases will be reduced by using courses taught by other instructors. The researcher

will have no contact with the participants and only communicate with the instructors.

The data collected from this study will reflect the beliefs of community college

language students in the Midwest. Therefore, these findings may not be generalizable to

other populations or regions in the United States.

The limitations of this study are the length of the interview and the mode used to

interview students. The interview was online and asynchronous which does not create a

dialogue between the researcher and the participants. The interview process in this study

did not utilize probing or expansion questions. Many times a dialogue with probing

expansion questions can provide more detailed descriptions. Another limitation was the

length of the interview. There were only 5 qualitative questions which could have been

expanded in a more in depth study. Another potential limitation was the researcher‘s

reflexivity to the study. The researcher was the course creator and tried to limit a power

imbalance in as many ways as possible, but this imbalance still could have existed for

some students and affected their responses and participation in the overall research.

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