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Integrating a MOOC into the MA in English Language Teaching at Coventry University: Innovation in blended learning practice


This case study reports on a joint staff-student action-research-supported project. The Futurelearn MOOC on Language Learning and Teaching designed by the University of Southampton in collaboration with the British Council was embedded into the teaching learning and assessment of the mandatory module Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching on the MA in English Language Teaching at Coventry University.

The module was already delivered in blended learning mode (face-to-face and Moodle): the MOOC forums provided an amplified opportunity for 'global metareflection' on teaching practice (around 60 000 participants from all over the world).

The 'blend' was augmented further by the addition of telecollaboration as the MA students also engaged in reflection on learning on a MOOC with partners from the University of Boğaziçi in Turkey via a dedicated Facebook area.

The project provided a unique opportunity to discuss the theme of autonomy in language learning and teaching and explore further if 'autonomy' could be identified as a 'threshold concept'.


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