Repurposing MOOCs For Self-Regulated Language Learning In An English For Academic Purposes Course

Conde Gafaro, Barbara (2019). Repurposing MOOCs For Self-Regulated Language Learning In An English For Academic Purposes Course. In: Comas-Quinn, Anna; Beaven, Ana and Sawhill, Barbara eds. New Case Studies Of Openness In And BeyondThe Language Classroom. Voillans, France:, pp. 115–128.



This case study investigated the self-regulated learning strategies that university students employ while engaging with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as part of an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course. Self-Regulated Learning (SRL) involves the processes whereby students plan, monitor, evaluate, and adjust their performance towards goal attainment. Literature from MOOCs identifies self-regulation as an essential feature of participants who successfully take part in such courses. Learners are anticipated to monitor their learning while working with the online material at their own pace and connecting with other learners around the world whenever they want. Using MOOCs as supplementary learning material for a face-to-face academic English course provides an interesting picture of the learning strategies that students use while embracing openness within a formal learning context. This paper reports on the data collected from two online questionnaires administered to identify and compare the SRL strategies that participants used before and after their MOOC engagement. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted to complement the quantitative data. Data analysis shows that strategic planning and metacognitive monitoring strategies tend to be used more than help-seeking strategies during MOOC engagement. Findings also highlight students’ positive attitudes towards the study as well as their suggestions for future blended MOOC practices within academic English courses.

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