We, Mehrasa and Parisa, are PhD candidates at Takemura Lab, Informedia Education Division, Cybermedia Center, Osaka University, Japan. Our PhD research is focused on designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating an EGAP (English for General Academic Purposes) online course, entitled Osaka University Global English Online (OUGEO), targeting Japanese learners at Osaka University. Our course is offered at three levels (elementary, intermediate, and upper intermediate), each level containing 10 online and 5 face-to-face sessions. Based on a needs analysis, the course is being designed and developed guided by theoretical frameworks and models for online course design. Using the affordances of online environment, novel approaches to English language teaching will be practiced. After the implementation phase, the experiences, perceptions, and engagement level of the learners will be explored, and the quality of the course will also be evaluated using the Quality MattersTM Higher Education Rubric.
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