Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2013;14(3):131-149.
Published online December 30, 2013.
A Study of the Moodle System and its Application to Language Learning
Jeong Ihm Hee
As the development of e-learning technology has shifted educational paradigm, the innovative teaching and learning methodology using social e-learning software has been suggested. Technology-assisted instruction supports self-regulated learning, enabling learners to engage in interactive class activities. Among the social e-learning software, Moodle, known for its many interactive and social features, has been implemented as an instruction and learning system at the university level. Nevertheless, it has not been investigated yet how the Moodle system is being effectively utilized to support self-regulated learning. So this study aims to examine how the Moodle system functions to support interactive and self-regulated learning for pre-service English teachers on the basis of their feedback about the Moodle-based activities In addition, the analysis was also conducted to find out which features of Moodle reflect constructivist pedagogy. The result of the study shows that Moodle-assisted instruction benefited students to have more chances to interact with their peers and their instructor. It was also found that the versatile features of the system have a lot of potential to be utilized effectively as a supplementary tool for language learning. It is recommended that for optimal outcome from Moodle-based course, students' positive attitudes toward technology-based instruction and robust technological environments for operating the system should be set.
Key Words: e-learning;MOODLE;teacher education

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