Gender Differences in Cognitive Loads, Attitudes, and Academic Achievements in Mobile English Learning

Gender Differences in Cognitive Loads, Attitudes, and Academic Achievements in Mobile English Learning

Zhonggen Yu (Department of English Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJDET.2019100102

Abstract

Studies on gender differences in mobile English learning are in their initial stages. College English IV, designed by a number of professors and engineers in a university in China, serves as a mobile English learning platform. This study aims to determine gender differences in cognitive loads, attitudes, and academic achievements in English language learning assisted with this mobile English learning platform. Through a mixed research design, 79 randomly selected participants join the research, together with interviews and posts to collect qualitative data. Cognitive loads, attitudes, and academic achievements are measured through related scales to collect quantitative data. It is concluded that there are significant gender differences in cognitive loads, attitudes, and academic achievements in English language learning assisted with the mobile learning platform. Future research on gender differences in mobile English learning should also examine relationships between gender differences, learner motivation, achievement goals, and learning outcomes.
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Hohai Online Courses, designed by a number of experts in various disciplines in the University, includes seven sections: learning space, course learning, assignment, project-based learning, resources, discussion and question answers, statistics, and examinations. Through access to the homepage of Hohai Online Courses (http://ktzx.hhu.edu.cn/portal/), learners can view Hohai MOOC, online courses, selected courses, and learning resources in terms of arts and humanities, history, philosophy, literature, management, economics, engineering, science, education, agriculture, medicine, and military sciences. Examples of courses are Software Engineering, English, Japanese, Computer Science and Technologies, Finance, Accounting, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Fine Arts and Design, Law, Chemistry, Mechanical Manufacture and Automation, Civil Engineering, A Modern History of China and Network Engineering, etc.

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