to students without Web 2.0 technologies. While both groups (Web 2.0 and non Web 2.0)
self-reported the same level of learning, this result was contrary to the actual posttest
Findings of the Qualitative Study
Analysis of Qualitative Research Hypothesis
To investigate hypothesis 3, participants were given an online asynchronous
interview at the end of their course. These results were hand coded and examined to
identify overarching themes amongst students about their motivation and use of Web 2.0
Introduction to the Participants
One hundred forty-one students enrolled in the first-year or second-year Spanish
beginning or intermediate online language courses at the target Midwestern community
college during the summer quarter of 2008 or the fall quarter of 2008. Each student
participated in an asynchronous online interview during the last week of the course.
Students were selected to participate in the control group (non Web 2.0 technology
course) or the experimental group (with Web 2.0 technology course) using purposeful
random sampling. Table 1 provides an overview of the students‘ background information
(N= 141) for who participated in the online interview.