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