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Accepted Papers
Helping Learners Develop Critical Reading in a Literature Course through Technology Use-The case of an EFL tertiary Literature Course

Dr Tayeb Bouazid, Faculty of letters and Languages Department of English Language University of Msila-Algeria

ABSTRACT

This study depicts an experimental literature course for EFL tertiary learners through the use of technology. The study aims at setting a comparison between a technologically based and a non-based course. The focus was Ambrose Bierce’s short story ‘An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. The descriptive qualitative method was adopted; the observation of learners and their process classroom work was used as a tool for data collection. The activities were devised to reinforce critical reading. The study unit consists of assigning learners with pre-classroom web quest activities to search on the internet and share the information with classmates. Once in the class, learners’ knowledge about the short story was reinforced through a language lab audiotape- they listened and took some notes for further pre-reading activities. During the reading phase, learners did comprehension questions individually and in pairs. For the post-reading, students prepared some reading cards about the story - title, themes, characters and setting. For the writing phase, students answered questions and presented them on the headprojector as group work. The story was a fresh explorative field for learners to put their literary texts critical reading to test. In comparison to the old way of study and analysis, learners evoked their satisfaction and the differences noticed when using technology either at the level of comprehension or at the level of cognitive development. The study displayed students’ abilities in understanding what was beyond the lines thanks to technology use. The research study, according to students’ feedback, was a new chance in developing their abilities in reading critically through a multitude of technological tools, use and implementation.

KEYWORDS

Effective Exchange Rate, Green Production, Particle Swarm Optimization Algorithm, Optimization.


The Academic Library Support for E-Learning: From Students’ Perspectives and Web Observation – A Case Study

W.P.G.L. Perera, S.A.D.H.N. Suraweera, Main Library, University of Colombo, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kelaniya

ABSTRACT

E-learning is a popular way of teaching and learning. E-learning is capable of widening access materials, equality, reducing cost, improving quality, flexibility and maintaining interactive learning. University education is focused on teaching, learning and research which requires a high level of self-learning and students' participation. The university library is the main information and resource provider. The digital natives' habit is learning virtually, and library services need to expand to support them. This study was conducted before Covid -19 pandemic. The research focused on students' perspectives. The quantitative methodology was applied with the data gathering through a questionnaire. The situation has changed with the COVID pandemic and created transformation in library services. To validate the research findings the web observation has been added to identify further development of the research. The findings show students are expecting library services through modern technological facilities. It seems the user expects to access information with great flexibility and speed.

KEYWORDS

Learningsupport, Academic libraries, e-learning, user perspectives.


Implementing Blended learning model in Teacher Education

Shama Parveen Ansari, Department of Education, Faculty of Education and Psychology, The Maharaj Sayajirao, University of Baroda, Vadodara 390002

ABSTRACT

The investigator in the present study made a sincere attempt in designing a Teaching of social science programme and teaching it via a blended learning model called flipped classroom. Objectives of the study were to develop and implement a Teaching of Social Science programme to teach via the Flipped Classroom and to study the effectiveness of the Flipped Classroom on student teachers of Social Science method. A pre-experimental design was adopted.. An achievement test and a reaction scale was constructed by investigator as a tool for the implementation of Flipped classroom. The major findings of the study revealed that the achievement of studentteacher after implementation of Flipped Classroom was significantly high. Majority of students (100%) found Flipped Classroom as an innovative and interesting approach. By adopting flipped classroom in the schools will make teachers acquaint with technology and student's interest and motivation in the classroom will make learning effective.

KEYWORDS

flipped learning, self-paced learning, blended learning, social science, digital natives, technology.


Analysis of the Perception of Coordinators and Teachers about the Development of Competences in Administrator Formation

Ednaldo de Souza Vilela1, Filipe José Dias2, Marcos B. L. Dalmau3, 1Municipal University Center of São José, São José, Brasil, 2Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brasil, 3Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brasil

ABSTRACT

The article aims to investigate how the development of competences applied to the professional formation of the egress administrator of public municipal higher education institutions in the Florianópolis region occurs under perspective of teachers and coordinators of the bachelor's degree in administration course. For this, a qualitative and documentary research was carried out, using a structured questionnaire applied to 20 people as a data collection instrument, including 2 course coordinators and 18 professors from the studied institutions who teach the subjects whose contents are related to professional formation from the administrator. The results show that the new national curriculum guidelines encourage the development of competences. In this context, despite the effort to comply with such devices, there is some misalignment between the teaching plans and the pedagogical project of the course. Difficulties in implementing formation based on competence and lack of institutional stimuli are also perceived.

KEYWORDS

Development of competences, Higher Education, Formation, Administration Course.


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