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Wednesday, August 12 • 4:35pm - 5:00pm
Voxy: Evaluating the Impact of Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) on Learner Engagement

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E-learning emerged in order to meet learner and institutional needs, providing accessible, customized, and convenient learning materials. However, many e-learning products have been plagued by severe attrition rates (Nielson, 2011) despite initial participant enthusiasm. Voxy, a language learning web- and mobile-based product, was designed within the Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) framework to provide English language learners with authentic, relevant content in conjunction with synchronous online instruction (available only on Web), in order to create a product that fosters engagement, while being maximally effective. Learners have access to self-study materials designed to promote the development of reading and listening comprehension skills, as well as synchronous private and group sessions that provide the speaking practice crucial to language acquisition.

While initial research has shown that this combination of synchronous and autonomous language instruction is effective and engaging (Jee & O’Connor, 2014), it would be worthwhile to explore the impact of mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) on learner engagement. Early research into how learners interact with Voxy’s mobile application has revealed that those who access it on their mobile devices are far more engaged with the language learning activities than the average Voxy learner. The presentation will review and discuss these findings, as well as explore the additional ways learner engagement could be increased through MALL.

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Rebecca Y. Jee

Senior Research & Assessment Associate, Voxy

Katie Nielson

New Readers Press, a division of ProLiteracy WorldwidenVoxy

Wednesday August 12, 2015 4:35pm - 5:00pm EDT
Barker 110 (Thompson) 12 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA