The Role of Social Learning Networks in Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Edmodo as a Case Study
Huseyin Bicen (Near East University, Turkey)
Abstract: In this study the effect of the Edmodo social learning environment on mobile assisted language learning (MALL) was examined by seeking the opinions of students. Using a quantitative experimental approach, this study was conducted by conducting a questionnaire before and after using the social learning network Edmodo. Students attended lessons with their mobile devices. The course materials were shared in the network via Edmodo group sharing tools. The students exchanged idea and developed projects, and felt as though they were in a real classroom setting. The students were also able to access various multimedia content. The results of the study indicate that Edmodo improves students' foreign language learning, increases their success, strengthens communication among students, and serves as an entertaining learning environment for them. The educationally suitable sharing structure and the positive user opinions described in this study indicate that Edmodo is also usable in other lessons. Edmodo can be used on various mobile devices, including smartphones, in addition to the web. This advantageous feature contributes to the usefulness of Edmodo as a scaffold for education.
Keywords: Edmodo, MALL, obile learning, social learning networks
Categories: L.1.4, L.3.0, L.6.0, L.6.1