Do students and lecturers actively use collaboration tools in learning management systems?

Zanjani, Nastaran, Nykvist, Shaun S., & Geva, Shlomo (2012) Do students and lecturers actively use collaboration tools in learning management systems? In Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2012), Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education, Singapore, pp. 698-705.

Abstract

In recent years there has been a large emphasis placed on the need to use Learning Management Systems (LMS) in the field of higher education, with many universities mandating their use. An important aspect of these systems is their ability to offer collaboration tools to build a community of learners. This paper reports on a study of the effectiveness of an LMS (Blackboard©) in a higher education setting and whether both lecturers and students voluntarily use collaborative tools for teaching and learning. Interviews were conducted with participants (N=67) from the faculties of Science and Technology, Business, Health and Law. Results from this study indicated that participants often use Blackboard© as an online repository of learning materials and that the collaboration tools of Blackboard© are often not utilised. The study also found that several factors have inhibited the use and uptake of the collaboration tools within Blackboard©. These have included structure and user experience, pedagogical practice, response time and a preference for other tools.

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ID Code: 55728
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Learning management system, communities of practise, e-learning, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900) > Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified (089999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 14 Dec 2012 03:45
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 05:41

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