SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 16, No 2 (2016)

Undergraduate Students’ Perceptions of Edmodo as a Supplementary Learning Tool in an EFL classroom

Supaporn Manowong




Abstract


Social networking technology has become an integral part of
students’ life since they use social networking sites to connect to friends
and family. This study involved the enhancement of students’ learning
experiences in an EFL classroom facilitated through a social networking
site for educational purposes called Edmodo. The study aimed to explore
students’ perceptions of the use of Edmodo as a supplementary tool in an EFL classroom. At the end of the course, 94 undergraduates participating in the study completed a 5-Likert- scale survey questionnaire containing 30 items and 4 open-ended questions online. Findings revealed that Edmodo was perceived as a useful and beneficial learning tool to supplement traditional face-to-face classroom settings since it provides various features supporting the students’ learning process. In addition, it was considered an effective learning tool as it increased students’ motivation, flexibility, and participation in online learning activities. Further research about the use of Edmodo on students with different levels of education, cultural backgrounds and learning styles is suggested. The findings could be used as bases in developing and designing blended learning classroom.

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