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

Dr Marina Orsini-Jones

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'.

About the author

Dr Marina Orsini-Jones is Course Director for the MA in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics in the School of Humanities at Coventry University. She obtained her National Teaching Fellowship in 2013. She has published work on intercultural communicative competence, e-learning innovation, language awareness, CALL, digital literacies and e-portfolio-supported personal development planning.