WebQuests, Motivation, and EFL
- Hi everyone and a happy holiday season. As most of you know, I am
currently a doctoral student at the University of Phoenix online
program in education, leadership, curriculum, and instruction. As
much as I love researching and writing papers, I have to come up
with a research problem for my dissertation. I am interested in
online learning, WebQuests, and ways of integrating technology into
the EFL/ESL classroom. I am also interested in coaching and
relationship education as a way to improve learning. The WebQuest
seems to have everything I am interested in: teamwork and social
skills, higher order critical thinking skills, and learning by
means of technology. But, I can't come up with a problem statement.
I have two weeks to think things out and finalize my research
problem. I hope I am not inconveniencing you but I feel you may be
able to help me.
Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.
University of Phoenix Doctoral Student
UOP Email: nelliemuller@...
- Hi Nellie,
I just got my Masters a few days ago so I can understand how you
feel. I felt like I was lost in a sea of information and didn't know
where or how to focus. I was/am attracted to certain kinds of e-
learning, authors, and ideas but didn't know how to get started (and
it was scarey at first...)
I found that once I started writing it all took form. It started to
gel. I have been writing since I was very young and I know you have
to start by writing anything that comes to mind - without giving it
too much thought- and then your thoughts come together. Knowing this
made me calmer about my thesis and it worked for me.
Good luck and keep the webheads in touch with your progress!
Xmas greetings from Italy
> seems to have everything I am interested in: teamwork and social
> skills, higher order critical thinking skills, and learning by
> means of technology. But, I can't come up with a problem statement.
- Hi Nellie,
The teamwork component is a challenge to many in the multi-
cultural classroom, because as you may know, various cultures have
differing views of the values of and the responsibilities in team-
You'd have plenty of fertile ground to research and explore right in
the University of Phoenix, where all grad and undergrad classes
(onground, online and Flexnet) require teamwork.
Research into multi-cultural learning teams in an online or blended
(Flexnet) environment would yield a study and publication that could
apppeal to a large audience of educators who work in these settings ;-
)-- me included.