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10:45 Sat

Creating and Maintaining Group Cohesion Online #787

The creation of a cohesive group is essential for a successful classroom. The abrupt transition to online classrooms creates barriers to that cohesion, forcing classroom teachers to adapt or risk losing the positive, encouraging atmosphere they work so hard to create. The survey-based research presented here provides Japanese university students’ perspectives on the group cohesiveness of eLearning cohorts in the COVID-19 era, along with recommendations for increasing the level of cohesiveness in online classes.

The creation of a cohesive group is essential for a successful classroom. The abrupt transition to online classrooms creates barriers to that cohesion, forcing classroom teachers to adapt or risk losing the positive, encouraging atmosphere they work so hard to create. The survey-based research presented here provides Japanese university students’ perspectives on the group cohesiveness of eLearning cohorts in the COVID-19 era, along with recommendations for increasing the level of cohesiveness in online classes.

11:20 Sat

Transferring Self-Directed Learning Skills Online #788

In this talk, we demonstrate how second language learners in higher education can transfer their self-directed language learning skills to an online environment over the course of a self-directed effective learning module. We provide examples of how they use these skills to interact with their peers online, and how it helps them to develop 1) awareness of approaches to learning, 2) awareness of facilities, roles, and resources, and 3) awareness of self.

In this talk, we demonstrate how second language learners in higher education can transfer their self-directed language learning skills to an online environment over the course of a self-directed effective learning module. We provide examples of how they use these skills to interact with their peers online, and how it helps them to develop 1) awareness of approaches to learning, 2) awareness of facilities, roles, and resources, and 3) awareness of self.

13:25 Sat

Students’ Experience of Emergency Remote Teaching #794

This study details the student experience of livestream lessons and on-demand lessons approaches to Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) in the English classes in one faculty of a large private Japanese university. 1212 responses to a mid-semester survey were collected from students. The survey asked students to rate the usefulness of teacher-created videos, Google forms, Flipgrid, online vocabulary programs, and live-streamed lessons. Major findings were that students tended to favour on-demand lessons over livestream lessons.

This study details the student experience of livestream lessons and on-demand lessons approaches to Emergency Remote Teaching (ERT) in the English classes in one faculty of a large private Japanese university. 1212 responses to a mid-semester survey were collected from students. The survey asked students to rate the usefulness of teacher-created videos, Google forms, Flipgrid, online vocabulary programs, and live-streamed lessons. Major findings were that students tended to favour on-demand lessons over livestream lessons.

17:55 Sat

Emergency Remote FLT: Findings From a Global Study #803

We present the results from a global study (1,500+ participants, 102 countries) of teachers and learners coping with the transition to emergency remote instruction. Looking at circumstances, behaviours, attitudes and psychological traits, we identify a positive-valence giant component of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours associated with self-regulation/leadership-organisation potential, engagement/openness, positive orientation, and social skills/contacts, and a negative periphery concerning family relationships, future expectations, and remote instruction-related experiences and perspectives on students’ coping.

We present the results from a global study (1,500+ participants, 102 countries) of teachers and learners coping with the transition to emergency remote instruction. Looking at circumstances, behaviours, attitudes and psychological traits, we identify a positive-valence giant component of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours associated with self-regulation/leadership-organisation potential, engagement/openness, positive orientation, and social skills/contacts, and a negative periphery concerning family relationships, future expectations, and remote instruction-related experiences and perspectives on students’ coping.

09:30 Sun

Study Abroad Interrupted: What now? #793

This presentation investigates the attitudes of students enrolled in a long-term study abroad program which was cut short due to COVID-19. The students then faced continuing their study online in an ERT format in Japan. It will explore how student needs evolved, what challenges were identified and dealt with, and how motivation to study changed. This presentation will be of interest to Fall 2020 instructors whose students' dreams of study abroad have been interrupted.

This presentation investigates the attitudes of students enrolled in a long-term study abroad program which was cut short due to COVID-19. The students then faced continuing their study online in an ERT format in Japan. It will explore how student needs evolved, what challenges were identified and dealt with, and how motivation to study changed. This presentation will be of interest to Fall 2020 instructors whose students' dreams of study abroad have been interrupted.

12:50 Sun

Emergency Remote Teaching: Reflecting on Practice #797

New educational conditions in a context of Covid-19 have required teacher reflection on how learning can be effectively supported. This qualitative study examined how teachers had adapted practices to support student engagement and learning. Data was collected via one-to-one semi-structured interviews with 10 teachers. Using a thematic analysis, the examination uncovered variability in teaching experiences, perceptions on learning, and professional development needs. The variability among teachers may be insightful and may resonate with other teachers.

New educational conditions in a context of Covid-19 have required teacher reflection on how learning can be effectively supported. This qualitative study examined how teachers had adapted practices to support student engagement and learning. Data was collected via one-to-one semi-structured interviews with 10 teachers. Using a thematic analysis, the examination uncovered variability in teaching experiences, perceptions on learning, and professional development needs. The variability among teachers may be insightful and may resonate with other teachers.

13:25 Sun

Student Engagement in Second Language Learning #800

This mixed-method study employed an engagement scale survey and semi-structured interviews to examine student engagement (N=212) focusing on three types of interactions, (1) student-student, (2) student-content, and (3) student-instructor in undergraduate courses. The quantitative results indicated strong engagement between students and instructors; while student-student engagement was rather limited. Given that the interviews revealed a mixed scenario and problems encountered by students, generally, these participants held a positive attitude towards this mode of learning.

This mixed-method study employed an engagement scale survey and semi-structured interviews to examine student engagement (N=212) focusing on three types of interactions, (1) student-student, (2) student-content, and (3) student-instructor in undergraduate courses. The quantitative results indicated strong engagement between students and instructors; while student-student engagement was rather limited. Given that the interviews revealed a mixed scenario and problems encountered by students, generally, these participants held a positive attitude towards this mode of learning.

16:45 Sun

Barriers in Upskilling Behind the Mask of Covid-19 #811

The purpose of this presentation is to provide the attendees with a perspective on how teachers managed virtual teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic despite the emotional and technological barriers they have faced in Izmir,Turkey. The needs of this “emergency distance teaching” period and the importance of solution partners will also be included. Recommendations by the data collected from a survey will be discussed for the betterment of online delivery performances.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide the attendees with a perspective on how teachers managed virtual teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic despite the emotional and technological barriers they have faced in Izmir,Turkey. The needs of this “emergency distance teaching” period and the importance of solution partners will also be included. Recommendations by the data collected from a survey will be discussed for the betterment of online delivery performances.

09:30 Mon

Researching Using YouTube for Required Assignments #791

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the Osaka City native English teachers (CNETs) were tasked with creating supplemental video lessons for all of Osaka’s public elementary 4th, 5th and 6th graders and all junior high school students. We made 36 videos in total. Using YouTube data metrics, we were able to assess how many students actually viewed the videos and get detailed data on their viewing habits.

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the Osaka City native English teachers (CNETs) were tasked with creating supplemental video lessons for all of Osaka’s public elementary 4th, 5th and 6th graders and all junior high school students. We made 36 videos in total. Using YouTube data metrics, we were able to assess how many students actually viewed the videos and get detailed data on their viewing habits.

10:45 Mon

COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Change in ICT and CALL #799

COVID-19 is shaking the foundation of education in Japan from K-12 to higher education. The crisis has shown cracks in a system known for conservatism and highlighted new innovative practices. Will CALL in Japan be affected by the systemic changes caused by the pandemic. This presentation will analyze changes in ICT policies and try to answer this simple question: will the pandemic change the way we think about educational technology use in the classroom?

COVID-19 is shaking the foundation of education in Japan from K-12 to higher education. The crisis has shown cracks in a system known for conservatism and highlighted new innovative practices. Will CALL in Japan be affected by the systemic changes caused by the pandemic. This presentation will analyze changes in ICT policies and try to answer this simple question: will the pandemic change the way we think about educational technology use in the classroom?

11:55 Mon

Online Discussion Engagement: Student Perceptions #806

This session will present qualitative data from surveys and interviews with graduate-level MA TESOL students required to learn fully online during the time of COVID-19. Data will be presented on student perceptions around participation and engagement in asynchronous online discussion forums. Based on findings from the data, attendees will learn strategies for setting up and sustaining viable and effective online discussion forums for adult students.

This session will present qualitative data from surveys and interviews with graduate-level MA TESOL students required to learn fully online during the time of COVID-19. Data will be presented on student perceptions around participation and engagement in asynchronous online discussion forums. Based on findings from the data, attendees will learn strategies for setting up and sustaining viable and effective online discussion forums for adult students.