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dc.contributor.authorZhong, Dr. Qunyan ( Maggie)
dc.contributor.authorNorton, Howard
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-12T01:24:54Z
dc.date.available2018-12-12T01:24:54Z
dc.date.issued2018-11
dc.identifier.issn1072-4303
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/4418
dc.description.abstractInformation and communications technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for innovation in educational practice. Among all the educational technological tools, online discussion forums represent one of the most extensively adopted educational media in higher education. Yet a review of the literature indicates a lack of empirical studies investigating how learners utilize this tool to afford their language learning. This study aims to address this gap in the literature. Using thematic analysis, postings of 20 second language (L2) learners in a peer-moderated online discussion forum were analysed. Qualitative thematic analysis of the data revealed that the online discussion forum facilitated the co-construction of subject matter knowledge and enhanced learners’ critical understanding. The postings also showed that during the interactive, collaborative inquiry, students encouraged and helped each other emotionally and academically which helped foster group affiliation and learner autonomy. These findings suggest that the online discussion forum has many affordances which are conducive to effective learning. The paper concludes with pedagogical implications and suggestions for future research.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://tesl-ej.org/pdf/ej87/a1.pdfen_NZ
dc.rightsCopyright rests with authors. Please cite TESL-EJ appropriately.en_NZ
dc.subjectsecond language acquisition (SLA)en_NZ
dc.subjectasynchronous online discussion (AOD)en_NZ
dc.subjectEnglish language students in Chinaen_NZ
dc.subjectaffordanceen_NZ
dc.subjectlearner autonomyen_NZ
dc.subjectlanguage learningen_NZ
dc.subjecte-learningen_NZ
dc.subjecteducational technology in language learningen_NZ
dc.subjectcomputer-mediated communication (CMC)en_NZ
dc.subjectcollaborative learningen_NZ
dc.titleEducational affordances of an asynchronous online discussion forum for language learnersen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2018-12-07T13:30:10Z
dc.rights.holderAuthorsen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Māori)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationZhong, Q., & Norton, H. (2018). Educational affordances of an asynchronous online discussion forum for language learners. TESL-EJ, 22(3), 1-19.en_NZ
unitec.publication.spage1en_NZ
unitec.publication.lpage19en_NZ
unitec.publication.volume22en_NZ
unitec.publication.issue3en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleTESL-EJen_NZ
unitec.peerreviewedyesen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms62784en_NZ
unitec.identifier.roms62785
unitec.institution.studyareaLanguage Studies


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