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Research Permission and Ethical Consideration

Individuals participating in this research provided informed consent and were free

to withdraw from the research at any time without penalty. Anonymity and

confidentiality were important considerations. Participants were assigned fictitious names

and numbers. The location of the study was not revealed. Participants were informed that

while summary data would be disseminated to the professional community, responses

would not be traceable to individuals.

Ethical issues were addressed at each phase of the study. First the study received

IRB approval before gathering any data. See Appendix D. An informed consent form

for all participants who wished to participate in the study was used. See Appendix E. In

the data collection, the power imbalance between teacher and student was avoided by

having another instructor teach the course and give the online asynchronous interview

which allowed the students to respond anonymously.

The researcher‘s reflexivity to this project was that she is a Spanish instructor

currently using Web 2.0 technology in her classroom teaching both online and face to

face. She believes that Web 2.0 technologies can help students increase their learning

achievement when utilized properly. The researcher has a vested interest in seeing what

student experiences are using these technologies and which technologies they are using.

The researcher is a reflective practitioner and hopes to be able to gain insights in order to

modify pedagogy to be able to be a more effective instructor and create a more student-

centered classroom. The researcher wants to know which Web 2.0 tools students are

using in their language learning, how they are using them and if they are effective in

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