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  • 1. Virtual Learning Environments, blended learning and the student experience A pilot study among beginners and post-beginners of Japanese on the Open Language Programme at London Metropolitan University
    Nathalie TichelerLondon Metropolitan Universityn.ticheler@londonmet.ac.ukhttp://www.londonmet.ac.uk/olphttp://ticheler.blogspot.com
  • 2. The Open Language Programme
    Institution-Wide Language Programme
    Arabic, English (business and general), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
    1 module = 1 semester = 15 credits at undergraduate level
    3 hours per week for 12 weeks, supplemented by self-study (Virtual Learning Environment “Weblearn” and specially-tailored materials)
    Blended learning approach
  • 3. Background information
    A focus on students’ experience and own reported accounts
    34 student self-completion questionnaires21 beginners13 post-beginners
    Subject descriptors Behavioural and attitudinal dataOpen and closed questions
    Student learning logs Data from the VLE’s tracking function
    67% use weblearn away from the university
    52% of beginners and 77% of post-beginners spend less than one hour per week on weblearn
  • 4.
  • 5. Satisfaction with Weblearn
  • 6. Announcements
  • 7. Use of web links
  • 8. Interest in additional features
  • 9. Students’ comments
    • “Weblearn is useful to improve my Japanese: it has everything I want to learn.”
    • 10. “Weblearn materials need to match up more closely with what we do in class.”
    • 11. “Weblearn is not necessary: the teacher gives us handouts.”
    • 12. “Weblearn is not very diversified.”
    • 13. “I do not like the layout.”
    • 14. “Weblearn is very good but I like to choose my own materials.”
    • 15. “Weblearn is good but I prefer hard copies of materials.”
    • 16. “I prefer to work with the book and my lecture notes.”
    • 17. “I like weblearn but I tend to do more independent study.”
    • 18. “Weblearn is interesting and fun. It makes me enjoy the course.”
  • Recommendations
    • Take action to boost normalisation of VLEGive a demo as the first sessionUse in lesson time (show new contents, messages, upload materials to use during lessons, integrate with study skills)Update contents regularly (new materials, blogs etc...)Link the use of built-in communication tools to in-class activities, “homework” or assessmentMake use of the module home page on weblearnUse as a preferred channel of communication
    • 19. EvaluationSeek regular feedback from colleagues and students...and make modifications as required
    • 20. Training...and timeGive training opportunities to teaching staff, but also time to reflect and enough space to develop areas which best meet their perceived needs