Title of the article:
MOOCs: A Disruptive Teaching-Learning Process in Interdisciplinary Boundaries.
Main Objective of the Study: The primary objective of this classroom research is to take a stand that MOOCs play a vital role in acquiring desired language learning skills anywhere and everywhere. The secondary objectives focus on the following
- To enhance the learners’ performance in language learning through online courses of one’s own choice.
- To identify the leading factors that are evident in the language learners’ journey while trying to acquire language skills through MOOCs.
Methodology: It is an applied research and descriptive in nature. This study tried to examine certain dimensions that influence the language learners to acquire receptive and productive skills such as Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. This systematic inquiry involved the first year students of Management Studies, Christ University, Bangalore as an adequate sample of participants. This descriptive study uses the learners’ attitudes, practices, concerns and interest to measure the learning outcome. A considerable amount of time spent in literature review paved the way for framing thirty questions to build a questionnaire using five point Likert scale as a research instrument.
Data Collection: There are six parameters involved in the scale.
First parameter: Use of Research Tools focuses on areas such as use of search engines, Google doc, research links, use of online tools and discussion forum to improve their language skills.
Second parameter: Language skills deals with comprehension, listening expression of one’s view, conversational skills and style of writing.
Third Parameter: Originality and writing Practice includes improving classroom test score, using own word to build an assignment, repeated writing practice, plagiarized free work and use of secondary sources as a referential tool.
Fourth parameter: Multiple Intelligence/Creative and Critical Perspectives, comprises learning through video lectures, power point presentations, learning speed, research interest, and a sense of inquiry.
Fifth parameter: Learner- Centric Approach, involves the students’ satisfaction, the students’ individual progress, the teachers’ minimal role, research aptitude and freedom.
Sixth parameter: Awareness of Social and Sociable Sense, looks at proactive approach, social sensitivity, social responsibility, sense of cordiality, and inculcation of sociable attitude.
Data Analysis: The primary stake holders of this study were the students of Graduate Management Studies. More than 80 questionnaires were circulated for the task; 65 respondents completed questionnaire and responded to all the questions. All the 65 responses were considered for final analysis which considered of 23 female learners and 42 male learners. The pie chart reveals the learners’ overall interest in improving their listening skills.
Conclusion: It is quite clear that factors taken in to consideration for analysis have revealed the positive result in MOOC learning environment. The number of students aspiring to get good education is continually increasing. In this regard, the intervention of online education is a remarkable achievement in the history of education in India as it alters the nature of instruction and learning. On the whole, teaching-learning process in future would be MOOC driven rather than classroom/teacher centered knowledge dissemination.
Source: International Journal of Language and Linguistics. ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) Vol. 1. No.2; December 2014.
Authors: Arul Prabharan Gasper
Asst. Professor of English,
L.T. Om Prakash PhD
Asst. professor in Sociology