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CLESOL retold at Unitec 2012

December 10, 2012

Hynson, Yvonne (Unitec Institute of Technology,

Connecting and supporting students across campuses and courses using a Moodle index template

This paper will consider student autonomy on-­???line, drawing on a discussion of current research in the field, and the needs of the students in the Department of Language Studies, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand. The paper will also outline one solution used in our language programmes. It will show in detail how students’ need for digital literacy support was addressed and how the development of student identity was enhanced. Students were initially surveyed to ascertain their capabilities and desire to learn through technology; in response to this, two Moodle student zones were made to support a range of ‘student senses’. Corresponding components were created in each zone. The process for making decisions about the contents of each zone is discussed within the context of the student competencies. Strategies were implemented across campus by the institution two years ago, one of which was aimed at increasing digital literacy. The results thus far are encouraging, as the zones have been only in existence for less than a year. More data is being collected from the report function on Moodle, which shows participation, statistics and activity logs. This will serve as a very useful tool for further analysis and future research.

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