Investigating the Role of Google Classroom as an LMS in Tertiary Level EAP Classes

S. M. Sanzana Rahman

Lecturer

Department of English Southeast University

smsanzanarahman@gmail.com

Lubaba Sanjana

Lecturer

Department of English and Humanities Brac University

lubaba.sanjana273@gmail.com

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36832/beltaj.2021.0501.01

Abstract

Using an online platform, such as Google Classroom to engage learners, is a recent practice in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). It can be used to engage learners to learn academic English skills at the tertiary level in Bangladesh. This paper examines adoption of Google Classroom through the lens of Rogers’ (2003) diffusion of innovations to investigate learners’ experiences, attitudes, and perceptions towards Google Classroom as a Learning Management System (LMS) to engage students to learn the four skills of English. The researchers have undertaken a mixed methods approach to collect data from 105 tertiary level students who are taking EAP courses in a private university. The findings suggest that the participants have strong positive attitude towards the use of different features of Google Classroom due to the availability of training and technological tools. This study is crucial for understanding the importance of using instructional technology (IT) in reshaping English teaching practices in Bangladesh.

Keywords: CALL; Google Classroom; Instructional Technology; LMS; Tertiary level education