Cem BALÇIKANLI
      University of Florida
   Center for European Studies
    E-mail: balcikanli@ufl.edu
12th Annual NCOLC...
Overview
* It is a fact! Internet!


* Learner autonomy


* Ongoing research


* Conclusions
Social Network Participation Rates among
              University of Florida Students

Student has only a Facebook account...
A 2006 survey of academic community
     members found that 90 % of the
 undergraduates participated in a social
 network ...
“Online learning offers a rich linguistic
  and non-linguistic input, by presenting
 new language through a variety of med...
“the ability to take charge of one's own
                      learning”


Holec, H. 1981. Autonomy and Foreign Language L...
a shift in from exclusive
      focus on how to improve language
   teaching to an inclusive concern for how
     individu...
Impetus for the study

 new technologies- provide the practical
means whereby learners can take a more
   active part in d...
Center for European Studies,
in the University of Florida
                               Six American Students
           ...
Is it easy to use?
Is it interesting? Why?
Is it good for Turkish practice? How?
What special features does it have?
__ gl...
Extracts from students
… it keeps me alert in Turkish.    … blackboard is a good online
                                  ...
Extracts from students II
… blackboard is important for      … any assignment or quiz we
language classess.               ...
Learner awareness

                               Learner reflection



    Learner responsibillity


                    ...
Conclusion
1- Active learning

2- New technologies

3- Assumption of responsibility for
carrying out their own plans

4- I...
22
THANK YOU



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How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy  A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners
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How Can Blackboard Learning System Promote Learner Autonomy A Qualitative Study With Turkish Learners

  1. 1. Cem BALÇIKANLI University of Florida Center for European Studies E-mail: balcikanli@ufl.edu 12th Annual NCOLCTL Conference, 2009 Madison, USA
  2. 2. Overview * It is a fact! Internet! * Learner autonomy * Ongoing research * Conclusions
  3. 3. Social Network Participation Rates among University of Florida Students Student has only a Facebook account 281 % 54.35 Student has only a MySpace account 10 % 1.93 Student has both a Facebook and MySpace account 210 % 40.62 Student has neither a Facebook or Myspace account 18 % 3.09 Martin, K. And Schemeisser, H. (2008). Emerging Trends in Youth Voting Behavior. Social Networking Websites and The 2008 General Election
  4. 4. A 2006 survey of academic community members found that 90 % of the undergraduates participated in a social network community, primarily Facebook and MySpace. Stutzman, F. (2006). An evaluation of identity-sharing behavior in social network communities. Paper presented at the iDMAa and IMS Code Conference, Oxford, Ohio. 4
  5. 5. “Online learning offers a rich linguistic and non-linguistic input, by presenting new language through a variety of media and by offering branching options.” Benson, P. (2001). Teaching and Researching Autonomy in Language Learning. London: Longman.
  6. 6. “the ability to take charge of one's own learning” Holec, H. 1981. Autonomy and Foreign Language Learning. Oxford: Pergamon. 6
  7. 7. a shift in from exclusive focus on how to improve language teaching to an inclusive concern for how individual learners go through their learning. Gremmo, M.J. and Riley, P. (1995). Autonomy, self-direction and self access in Language Teaching and Learning: The History of an Idea. System, 23 (2), 151-164. 7
  8. 8. Impetus for the study new technologies- provide the practical means whereby learners can take a more active part in decisions involved in learning. Raya, M. J. and Fernandez, J. M. P. (2002). Learner Autonomy and New Technologies. Education Media International. 39 (1). 61-68.
  9. 9. Center for European Studies, in the University of Florida Six American Students Learning Turkish Blackboard Learning Management System Interviews
  10. 10. Is it easy to use? Is it interesting? Why? Is it good for Turkish practice? How? What special features does it have? __ glossary __ easy vocabulary __ useful language __ stories about (Turkish/___) __ video __ lots of pictures __ links to related stories __ quizzes How does it contribute to your independent skills? How does it help develop your awareness of Turkish language?
  11. 11. Extracts from students … it keeps me alert in Turkish. … blackboard is a good online learning tool because I can … since they are available access it when I need it. there, whenever I need some clarifications, I can go look at … it allows the teacher to post them. materials that I can access and save to my computer. …it helps me keep track of my own progress. … it allows the instructor to put up documents and …thanks to this, I feel I have programs that everybody developed more awareness for might not need. my learning. … the potential use for … it is very good for turkish language learning is great as practice. it helps foster learner autonomy.
  12. 12. Extracts from students II … blackboard is important for … any assignment or quiz we language classess. do in class, or even a specific topic we just touched on in … you can only learn so much class, can be put on in class, so tools outside of blackboard. class are important to keep up and to review the learning. …it is a great source to communicate from teacher to …when the teacher uses all of the students. Blackboard and puts up places where the students can go, it … if you put up the answers helps the students improve and after the quizzes are taken, learn the language more. that is helpful too, because then the students will what … blackboard is a great site for they did wrong and need to Turkish class fix.
  13. 13. Learner awareness Learner reflection Learner responsibillity Learner independence Learner interaction
  14. 14. Conclusion 1- Active learning 2- New technologies 3- Assumption of responsibility for carrying out their own plans 4- Independence skills
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  16. 16. THANK YOU 23

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