International Graduate Students' Role Adjustment in Online Environments: Self-motivated and Independent Learners

Yunjoo Park
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The study investigates how English as a Foreign Language (EFL) speaking international graduate students adjust themselves in online learning environments. In addition to the demands of studying in a foreign language, international students have to learn to be more independent learners, to develop western style critical thinking, and to work within the academic conventions of American universities.

This paper is based on case studies of four international graduate students who take a web-based online class, the Literature-based Instruction, which is mandatory for students who purse their masters' degree at one of the large Midwestern universities in the fall semester 2004. International graduate students who take this online class promote their independent learning strategies and take advantage of online learning characteristics like flexibility and autonomy in order to be successful online learners because extensive online learning necessitates individual time control and self-discipline within the nature of online learning.

Keywords: Online Learning, Independent Learning, Web-based Class, Flexibility, Autonomy
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: International Graduate Students' Role Adjustment in Online Environments

Yunjoo Park

Doctoral Student, Department of Language Education, Indiana University, Bloomington

Yunjoo Park is a doctoral student in the Department of Language Education at Indiana University. She worked as a reporter in Chicago, and taught English as a Foreign Language in Korea. She taught Korean at the Bloomington Korean school. She is currently teaching Korean at Indiana University as an Associate Instructor. Her research interests include language loss and maintenance, and computer-assisted language learning.

Ref: T05P0175