Qualitative and mixed methodology for online language teaching research

Stickler, Ursula (2017). Qualitative and mixed methodology for online language teaching research. In: Applied Linguistic Research and Methodology. Proceedings from the CALS Conference 2015 (Cergol Kovačević, Kristina and Udier, Sanda Lucija eds.), Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, pp. 37–54.

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This paper provides an overview of CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), its history and current developments. It presents a rationale for moving CALL research forward, and outlines a particular approach to researching online language teaching and learning: the use of qualitative methodology. It is in this historical context that a case for more qualitative and integrative research designs is made. Examples of qualitative and mixed method studies are taken from the context of language teaching at the Open University in the United Kingdom, the largest institution of its kind in Europe, with a remit of teaching all subjects at university level to adults, regardless of their prior qualifications. With the help of these examples the scope and promise of qualitative approaches are discussed.

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