ITALO (MyLearning Log): A case study in the use of technology-based resources to foster student engagement and autonomy

Salvatore Campisi

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Abstract

This paper describes the project ‘ITALO (MyLearning Log)’, introduced as part of the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP) at the University of Manchester. The project aimed to encourage student engagement with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), monitor usage and effectiveness of the resources deployed, and develop learner autonomy. Three elements were central to the project: the resources on Blackboard, the tutors, and examples of good practice from former students. Learners tried out and commented on online resources, and shared their findings and best practice in a learning log, thereby also helping the tutor monitor learners’ progress. The paper first describes the background to the project and the rationale behind it. It then describes the project in detail and the methods used to evaluate the results. An analysis of the key findings shows how the project has benefited current students. Finally, in the conclusion, we evaluate the success of the project and discuss the potential for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUsing digital resources to enhance language learning – case studies in Italian
EditorsRosalba Biasini, Anna Proudfoot
PublisherResearch-publishing.net
Pages43-53
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9782490057139
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Student Engagement
  • Technology-based Resources
  • Learning Community
  • Learner Autonomy

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