Panel Discussions to Promote Meaningful Learning at Distance Education



The present mix-method study was carried out with the purpose of promoting meaningful learning through panel discussion to enhance students´ active participation in English. It was conducted at a private university in its distance modality. The sample of the study was 52 students from different provinces of Ecuador and 2 teachers. The data-collection instruments were two questionnaires and an observation grid. These were designed to learn if the use of panel discussions promotes meaningful learning and also to identify the students’ level of satisfaction regarding the use of panel discussions. The questionnaires were applied after 8 panel discussions were held. The observation grid was used by the teachers during each panel to take notes about aspects such as motivation, comprehension, and functionality. The findings demonstrate that students’ level of satisfaction was high regarding the use of panel discussions since they helped to increase their motivation to actively participate by using previous experience with new knowledge.


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Author Biographies

Fabian Paredes, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Loja, Ecuador

Research professor at UTPL with extensive experience in educational research.

Karina Salcedo-Viteri , Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Loja, Ecuador

Research professor at UTPL with extensive experience in second language acquisition.

Eliana Pinza-Tapia, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Loja, Ecuador

Research professor at UTPL with extensive experience in EFL teaching methods.


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How to Cite

Paredes, F., Salcedo-Viteri , K., Pinza-Tapia, E. and Toro, V. (2023) “Panel Discussions to Promote Meaningful Learning at Distance Education”, IJET (Indonesian Journal of English Teaching), 12(2), pp. 160–172. Available at: (Accessed: 1 March 2024).