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Evaluation of Multimedia Distribution Systems in the field of foreign language acquisition

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3 Author(s)
Yuichi Ono ; Foreign Language Center, Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, 305-8577, Japan ; Manabu Ishihara ; Mitsuo Yamashiro

This paper makes an evaluation of the teaching models incorporating Multimedia Distribution System (MDS) into foreign language teaching in Japan. Our MDS consists of three types; shared courseware, browser-based podcasting, and mobile-based podcasting. These systems are utilized for listening and shadowing activities in the class. The results of students' questionnaire research revealed that the students feel that there is a statistic significance between shared courseware and browser-based podcasting. Mobile-based podcasting resembles browser-based podcasting in that factors like “easy to operate” and “friendliness” are abstracted through factor analysis, but these factors are more independent of each other in mobile-based podcasting. This implies that mobiles will have a great possibility to change learning environment because they will play an important role in blended-learning in a traditional classroom setting in the future.

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Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS), 2012 12th International Conference on

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17-21 Oct. 2012