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Prior technology knowledge and skill, socioeconomic factors, student needs, personality

and communicative behaviors all play a crucial role in how a student perceives his or her

educational experience.

Limitations

Considerations of research limitations involve generalizability, sampling

techniques, and sampling biases. Generalizability is considered specific to uses within the

Midwestern community college as well as external uses. Limitations involving

generalizability within the community college focus on the representativeness of a

sample that is less than 1% of the community college‘s credit enrollments. As the result

of an experiment design that utilized a purposive sample, sampling erroror the

likelihood that the sample was not representative of the community college student

populationmay be a variable with respect to demographic and academic factors. The

online Spanish course design was based on demographic and institutional factors

associated with the community college. This customization was undertaken in

consideration of research suggesting the importance of the integration of Web 2.0

technologies while taking into account the community college demographic and possible

limited technology access and/or experiences (Selwyn, 2008; Safran et al., 2007;

Freenhow et al., 2009; McGee & Diaz, 2007; Purushotma, 2006; Cormode &

Krishnamurthy, 2008; Ullrich et al., 2008; Kraemer, 2008; Dooly, 2007). Although such

adaptations may be relevant to the socio-cultural context, said customizations may make

generalizability external to the community college difficult. Limitations involving

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