Examination of connectivist theory in English language learning: The role of online social networking tool

Oytun Sozudogru (Ada Kent University, Famagusta, Cyprus)
Mehmet Altinay (University of Kyrenia, Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
Gokmen Dagli (University of Kyrenia, Kyrenia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) (Near East University, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
Zehra Altinay (Graduate School of Educational Sciences, Near East University, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)
Fahriye Altinay (Graduate School of Educational Sciences, Near East University, Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus)

International Journal of Information and Learning Technology

ISSN: 2056-4880

Publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of technology and online communication platforms in English language learning based on connectivist theory.

Design/methodology/approach

Questionnaire and checklist were used to examine the role of online communication tools in the learning process. The data analysis was done with SPSS.

Findings

Results showed that being involved in collaborative learning and dialogue increases connectivist knowledge, reflection and negotiation. Online communication tools can be used as an effective supplementary material for learning.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of this paper is that the number of participants was limited to 27.

Practical implications

This paper gives insights on the use of language and technology integration.

Social implications

New way of learning and language learning become essential for the pedagogy and learner in the higher education.

Originality/value

The paper is original in its research context and gives a value to contribute new way of learning based on approach.

Keywords

Citation

Sozudogru, O., Altinay, M., Dagli, G., Altinay, Z. and Altinay, F. (2019), "Examination of connectivist theory in English language learning: The role of online social networking tool", International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 354-363. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJILT-02-2019-0018

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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