Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Proceedings of  2nd  MEC TESOL Conference   2020                 Pp.360-377
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/MEC2.26

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 Students’ Perception of the Use of Learning Management System to Facilitate Flipped
Learning Experience for English Language Teaching in Private Higher Education
Institution in Oman: A Developmental Evaluation

                              Asma Al Aufi(correspondent author)
  Centre for Foundation Studies
Middle East College, Muscat, Oman
Email: asmaalaufi@icloud.com

Vikas Rao Naidu
Department of Computing
Middle East College, Muscat, Oman

 

 

 

Abstract:
Learning Management System (LMS) has become an integral part of education technology in every institution. Almost all the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are using LMS to facilitate their teaching and learning processes. The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of LMS and the basic perception of students on the usage of LMS and various plugins to support their learning process not only to ensure its quality but also to evaluate different strategies for its future enhancement. Hence, this study adopts a developmental evaluation framework to assess students’ satisfaction and perception of using the (LMS) in their experiential Flipped Learning (FL) of English language modules. The methodology follows the pragmatic paradigm based on Dewey’s theory to allow for mixed-method instruments to be employed for a better understanding of the LMS, exploring its challenges and opportunities. This small-scale evaluative study involved a survey of 70 respondents and a focus group of ten students in a private HEI in Oman to explore their FL experience in English modules. The depiction of this experience represented positive responses emphasizing how FL technology-enhanced individualized/experiential learning reinforced in life-long learning skills suitable for career practice. Recommendations are offered for LMS to facilitate enhanced flipped teaching implementation, promoting a student-centered environment ideal for a broader approach of active learning in HEI contexts.
Keywords: Developmental evaluation, education technology, experiential learning, flipped learning, learning management system (LMS)

Cite as:  Al Aufi, A., & Naidu, V.R. (2020). Students’ Perception of the Use of Learning Management System to Facilitate Flipped Learning Experience for English Language Teaching in Private Higher Education Institution in Oman: A Developmental Evaluation. Arab World English Journal(AWEJ). Proceedings of 2nd MEC TESOLConference 2020: 360-377.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/MEC2.26

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Asma Al Aufi is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Foundation Studies at Middle East College.
She is a Master’s graduate in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from Newcastle University (UK).
Currently she is a PhD candidate at Lancaster University, doing research on Higher Education,
policy and practice. Her research interests also cover the field of ELT in different environments
of HEI’s. Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7540-550X

Vikas Rao Naidu has attained the status of Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy of UK.
He has completed Masters in Computer Science & Engineering from Anna University India. Apart
from these, he is also a PG Certificate holder in Higher Education Professional Practices from
Coventry University, UK. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Computer Science & Engineering
and the domain of his research is “Education Technology”. His research area includes E-Learning,
Interactive media authoring in education, Learning analytics and Business Intelligence.
Orcid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7354-172X