A Motivational Story in Hong Kong: Generating Goals for Language Learners and Blended Learning Designers from a Mixed-Method Learning Analytics Approach in English for Academic Purposes

  • Julia Chen
  • Dennis Foung
Part of the New Language Learning and Teaching Environments book series (NLLTE)


This chapter explores changes in learner motivation associated with policy changes in an academic English course. This chapter contributes to the field in two ways: (1) large-scale mixed-method studies of blended learning courses are rare and (2) motivation in computer-assisted language learning has seldom been explored using a data-driven approach. The study employed learning analytics to examine the learning behavioral patterns of 9500+ students, and the results were supplemented by student interviews to further our understanding of student motivation. The study explored the effect of staggered deadlines and single deadlines for online components and suggested that the goal theory of motivation can best describe students’ behavioral and psychological processes. These results verify the need to address goal-oriented behaviors of students when designing online activities for students.


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  • Julia Chen
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  • Dennis Foung
    • 1
  1. 1.English Language CentreThe Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung HomKowloonHong Kong

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