CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
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EFL students’ participations and teachers’ roles in online discussion forum for critical media literacy learning

Rida Afrilyasanti 1, Yazid Basthomi 1 * , Evynurul Laily Zen 1

CONT ED TECHNOLOGY, Volume 15, Issue 2, Article No: ep414

https://doi.org/10.30935/cedtech/12965

Submitted: 04 November 2022, Published Online: 16 February 2023

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Abstract

The global expansion in the Internet access and the rise of digital media are compatible with students’ characteristics as generations-Z who mainly engage in nature through mobile applications. Because of the characteristics of today’s students and the growth of digital media and information, there is a need for critical media literacy (CML) instructions and the use of digital-based and student-centered learning approaches such as online discussion forums (ODFs). Through an exploratory study, we aim to understand better students’ perceptions of ODF for their CML learning within EFL classes, factors affecting students’ active participation in ODF, and teachers’ roles in ODF while facilitating students’ CML learning in an EFL context and enhancing students’ engagement and performance in ODF. 250 EFL students from Indonesian secondary schools took part in this study. The participating students were studying English with CML embedded into the lessons. The research showed significant conclusions about factors that need to consider while having ODF in CML learning within the EFL context and the roles of teachers in ODF. We have also provided some practical and feasible suggestions from which practitioners in the area might benefit.

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