Engaging Mobile-Assisted Learning Activities Using Multiple Mobile Apps for Foreign Language Practice

Engaging Mobile-Assisted Learning Activities Using Multiple Mobile Apps for Foreign Language Practice

Gyeo Woon Jung (Taylor's University, Malaysia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1435-1.ch012

Abstract

Mobile applications have been used to support engaging and interactive learning over the past several years. However, most mobile apps for language education were developed for merely vocabulary learning and simple grammar exercises. Hence, it is important for instructors to encourage and guide students to participate in more diverse learning activities using the mobile apps to learn and practice the target language in their daily lives. This chapter attempts to introduce a sample of engaging mobile-assisted learning activities toward the use of multiple mobile apps like TIMeS (Taylor's Integrated Moodle e-Learning System), Naver Blog, and Quizlet. A survey was conducted to gather student responses and feedback regarding this app-based learning, and 266 students responded over four semesters in 2018 and 2019. The chapter examines how these app-based learning activities are advantageous to the students' learning outside of the classroom in terms of enhancing engagement and flexibly.
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Technology Integration At Taylor’S University

To make effective use of technology integration, institutions must educate and assist their instructors and students on how to use diverse platforms and emerging technologies in their teaching and learning process. Taylor's University has been actively supporting a blended learning approach by providing an e-learning portal and various workshops and trainings for its staff and students. All instructors and students at Taylor's University are currently using its own Learning Management System (LMS). Each course offered must have an online component from 30% up to 79% of the total learning hours. In other words, there is a strong emphasis on the application of instructional technology at Taylor’s University to enable students to learn anywhere, at any time. TIMeS (Taylor’sIntegratedMoodlee-LearningSystem) is a Moodle platform that is designed to support the delivery of teaching, learning materials, and activities that enables learning activities to be more interactive and accessible. It provides interactive activities which include forums, wikis, quizzes, surveys, and chat. Instructors are encouraged to design their course sites creatively to suit the characteristics of the course. Learning content on TIMeS offers a mix of media including text, images, audio, video, links, and interactive learning objects which engage students in their learning.

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