Papakyriakou, Androulla; Ktoridou, Despo
July 2014
ICICTE Proceedings;2014, p166
Conference Proceeding
As a response to continuous changes in the needs of the learners, institutions of tertiary education offer multiple types of online programmes, including also language programmes. The rash to develop such online programmes without examining the perceptions of the learners, as one of the main stakeholders, may lead to failure. Is the choice of the specific type of distance learning motivated? Is there a rational behind the decision of the institutions? Do universities conduct any kind of research prior to offering any type of online language courses? The current research project is divided into two phases. The results of Phase I are presented in this work. After a review of previous studies on the topic, the article presents the results of a survey on language courses which were offered fully online throughout four semesters at the University of Nicosia. Phase II of this project will be carried out next academic year and will focus on language courses offered through blended learning. The results of the two phases will be compared and recommendations regarding the course design will be made.


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