Use of Blackboard Application in Language Teaching: Language Teachers' Perceptions at KAU

Hanan Ismail Kutubkhanah Alsaied

Abstract


The popularity of learning management systems (LMSs) in ELT has been enhanced due to extensive availability of technological infrastructure for educational institutions. Previous studies reveal the fact that adoption of new technologies is always supported by the positive insights of the practitioners. Current study is based on the same ideology and aims to explore EFL teachers’ perceptions of the constructive application of blackboard technology in English Language Teaching. In order to investigate the teachers’ perceptions on the use of blackboard system, the researcher and 40 Language teachers from a major English Language Institute -King Abdulaziz Universty (KAU)-participated in this study; a survey questionnaire was used as the research tool. Overall study reflects a positive trend towards the use of blackboard system in language teaching at ELI – KAU.  Majority of the participants confirmed that the use of Blackboard provides a structured e-learning platform that facilitates the development of a healthy learner-centered arena in ELT. Additionally, the present study aims to highlight the pedagogical implication of blackboard system as a source of blended learning.

 


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LMS; ELI; KAU; blended learning; ELT; EFL

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.5n.6p.43

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