Capstone Project Title
Because of the global coronavirus pandemic of 2020, understanding how to do online learning well has become a necessity for educators. Online learning, though it has clear advantages over face-to-face learning such as the flexibility of time and space, variety and speed of delivery of materials, and anonymity, it is not without significant challenges that must be addressed in order for students to be successful. My research question was: Research Question: What are the most effective ways to help language learners to be successful in an online learning format? The goal of this research was to understand these challenges, a lack of readiness, technology issues, and engagement issues can be remedied, and how educators can create a successful language learning experience in an online classroom. My research demonstrated the importance of creating a classroom environment that trains and promotes student self-regulation in order to minimize the detrimental impact of a lack of readiness, keeps the content and technology as simple as possible as to prevent cognitive overload and anxiety, and engages students as much as possible in order to maintain a sense of connectedness and ultimately create a successful learning environment. A website was created to demonstrate the findings from research, as well as to model a visually appealing, yet not overwhelming way of delivering information which was deemed a necessary part of creating a successful online learning class. Recommended for further study is the use and effects of synchronous learning, which could mitigate the dominant effects of amotivation and disengagement experienced by many online learners.
Achievement, Motivation, Online Learning
Christopherson, Peter, "Best Practices in Online Learning for Language Learners" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 498.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects