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In consideration of research results, an inference is that the students who show the

greatest increases in knowledge, understanding and communication of the language are

the students who receive the most benefit from said courses. The broader implication is

that institutions may be moving toward creating more online courses for students when

research suggests that not all will be successful in them based on technology access,

experience in using technology and actual use of technologies. Although these findings

should be reviewed in consideration of study limitations, this research implies Web 2.0

technology enhanced courses when designed as a way to network, are convenient,

enhance the content, provide pleasure and are easy to use may benefit students. Because

empirical evidence does not exist yet to support the reliability and validity of such

courses, academicians can only speculate as to their value. How much will students gain

from this learning experience? How will learning occur? How long will this learning last?

What institutional resources should be directed to these efforts? What is the cost/benefit


Future Research

Based on the existing body of knowledge as well as these findings, potential

research efforts could include studies designed to measure the effectiveness of specific

Web 2.0 tools, specific combinations of Web 2.0 tools and their applications. Further,

because this study was limited to an online learning environment, future research efforts

could include a similar design based in an on-campus learning environment. To

determine the long-term value of Web 2.0 technology enhanced courses and to address

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