Ex Professo
Volume 4, Numéro 2, Pages 126-137

Using Digital Technology To Promote Learner Autonomy

Authors : Djouama Houda .

Abstract

Due to new technologies and development all over the world, the current situation of education, teaching and learning has to be improved in order to guarantee a high quality of teaching and learning. Therefore, It is urgent to engage university learners within the context of technology encouraging its application in their educational realm. The shift to learner centeredness has changed the learner’s role to be more motivated, independent, and responsible of his own learning. This issue has been the focal interest of many researchers in the field seeking for an effective way that will promote learner autonomy which is “the ability to take charge of one’s own learning.” ( Little, 2007 : 15 ). Digital technology has emerged in the field of language teaching and learning as an effective tool that can promote learner autonomy and collaboration not only in class but also beyond classroom. ( Lai, 2017 ). Consequently, learners can be responsible and monitor their own learning; hence, promoting their autonomous learning. However, teachers have an important role in this learning process. The aim of this paper is to discuss why it is important to incorporate digital technology in EFL classroom, and what is its impact on teaching and learning. In addition to how it is integrated into teaching to stimulate students’ interest, attention and active participation to be autonomous learners; therefore, to ensure a high quality of teaching and learning at the university level.

Keywords

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, HIGHQUALITY OF TEACHING, LEARNER AUTONOMY, LEARNER CENTERDEDNESS, UNIVERSITY LEARNERS