Blended E-Learning for Postgraduate Research-Article Writing: A Case Study in One University in Thailand

Abstract

The present study aimed at utilizing blended e-Learning as a tool to enhance genre-based instruction in order to facilitate the learning of research article genre and the English language for research article composition. The study was a quasi-experiment conducted in the natural classroom context of the course Academic Paper Writing for postgraduate students at a Higher Education academic institution in Bangkok of Thailand. Moodle's e-Learning platform was employed to deliver the lessons. Twenty-four doctoral students of Education participated in this study for a period of one semester. The research instruments consisted of a pretest, a posttest, and a questionnaire. The pretest and posttest measured students' understanding of quantitative Education research articles and the English language used to achieve the research articles' rhetorical functions. The questionnaire examined the participant's attitude towards the ease of use and the usefulness of the e-Learning technology and e-Learning contents and activities. The t-test value showed that there was a significant difference between the pre and posttest mean scores of the groups at 0.05 level which signified that the blended e-Learning enabled the participants to expand their knowledge of research article genre and the English language for composing research articles. The questionnaire findings indicated that the participants had positive attitudes on the ease of use and the usefulness of the e-Learning technology and e-Learning contents and activities. It can be concluded that Moodle's e-Learning technology has a high potential for supporting research article genre learning and writing.



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Ampapan Tuntinakhongul, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand
Patcharee Muangnakin, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Educational change through technologies

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