Designing Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Using Moodle in Teaching Reading at Public Secondary High School (SMA) 92 Jakarta

ABSTRACT

Herri Mulyono. Designing Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Using Moodle in Teaching Reading at Public Secondary High School (SMA) 92 Jakarta. Thesis. Post Graduate Program of Muhammadiyah University Prof. Dr. HAMKA, 2010.

This research aims at providing basic concepts of computer mediated communication (CMC) using Moodle, developing a design from the concepts and investigating students’ response towards the application of the computer mediated communication (CMC) using Moodle. This research lasted from April 12 up to May 15, 2010 with 35 students from public secondary high school (SMA) 92 as research participants. The case study was chosen to carry out this research. Questionnaire and Moodle protocols were used as data collecting instrument.

Concepts of designing computer mediated communication for English instruction, particularly in teaching and learning reading have to concern three aspects: instructional design, web design and students. The instructional design covered three areas of planning, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, teacher’ role and students’ role in every learning session via computer mediated communication application had to be reviewed to meet the learning objectives and activities.

There results of this research show that there is no evidence indicating that students who often respond some issues in forum discussion will achieve better in quizzes and final test as well. The successful of students’ reading lesson, therefore cannot be retrieved automatically from number but quality of their postings. However, students who participate more in learning sessions tend to have better scores in reading quizzes. This means, students tend to result better in learning quizzes when they are attached to each learning sessions (attend each learning activity in the website).

Students’ responses towards computer mediated communication application were positive in relation to the two designs of this research: instructional design and web-design. Students were interested and strongly motivated to complete their own learning for this kind of learning activities via web-mediated learning is new for them.

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