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Learners’ Perceptions on the Structure and Usefulness of e-Resources for the Thesis Courses
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för data- och systemvetenskap.
2014 (engelsk)Inngår i: European Journal of Open and Distance Learning, ISSN 1027-5207, E-ISSN 1027-5207, Vol. 17, nr 1, 154-171 s.Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

Nowadays, utility of information and communication technology (ICT) in education is a way to facilitate interaction and accessing information for learning in higher education. However, finding a set of structured e-resources to facilitate learning within specific courses is still a big challenge in most of the institutions and universities. This includes the problems and challenges for the thesis courses in both undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate (Master) level in Sweden. To overcome or reduce the problems and enhance quality of outcomes in the thesis courses, the department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University has developed a Learning Support System, SciPro (Scientific Process), to support thesis process. This study aims at investigating learners’ perspectives on usefulness of structured e-resources in order to reduce challenges for finding information related to the thesis steps in SciPro. This is done based on an open online survey, carried out in 2012-2013 of students’ perspectives at DSV. The study found the actual problems and hence suggested a model as a way forward to sort the useful e-resources to support reducing the problems in the thesis process.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2014. Vol. 17, nr 1, 154-171 s.
Emneord [en]
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Learning Support System (LSS), SciPro, Thesis, Thesis courses
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
data- och systemvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111012DiVA: diva2:773786
Tilgjengelig fra: 2014-12-19 Laget: 2014-12-19 Sist oppdatert: 2017-12-05bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. The Usefulness of ICT Support Systems for Thesis Courses: Learners' Perspectives at Bachelor and Master Level
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2015 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Doing a bachelor’s or master’s degree is a journey that leads to success or attrition (dropout). Previous research show to the significance of considering learners’ perspectives and their need for information and different types of interaction. This can be done through online ICTSS (information and communication technology support systems). The overall aim of this dissertation was to create knowledge about how the use of ICTSS can facilitate different types of interaction and support learners in order to reduce thesis problems and attrition and to enhance the quality of the thesis outcomes. The aim was operationalized by two research questions scrutinizing the interaction problems in the thesis process and investigating how the use of ICTSS can facilitate different types of interaction to reduce such problems and attrition, and to enhance the learning opportunities and quality of the thesis outcomes. To answer the research questions, five main studies were performed by applying different research methods on a case study. The empirical studies were performed at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University, Sweden. The respondents were different learners (students) with active thesis projects at the bachelor or master level in different programs at DSV between 2012 and 2015. For the first two studies, conceptual and content analysis of the data collected from the case study was performed. For the three other studies, open-ended online questionnaires (survey) and interviews were conducted. On the basis of the findings, three main types of interaction issues were developed which related to the need for more learner-content, peer-to-peer, and learner-supervisor interaction in the thesis process. The hypothesis was that the interaction issues could be reduced by implementing a set of strategic suggestions through the use of an ICTSS including a set of functionalities and resources. The usefulness of these functionalities and resources was evaluated with regard to the learners’ perception and experiences. The findings were categorized to facilitate learner-content, peer-to-peer, and learner-supervisor interaction, as well as management of the contents, supervision, and communication of the supervisory team. From these categories, a conceptual framework was developed in this dissertation to illustrate how the use of the ICTSS supports the thesis process. In conclusion, providing access to a set of structured e-resources and supporting educational communication through different types of interaction with peers and the supervisory team, enables learners’ self-managed learning and facilitates similar learning opportunities for learners in thesis courses.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Stockholm: Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2015
Serie
Report Series / Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, ISSN 1101-8526 ; 15-022
Emneord
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Support System, interaction, thesis, self-managed learning
HSV kategori
Forskningsprogram
data- och systemvetenskap
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122646 (URN)978-91-7649-308-3 (ISBN)
Disputas
2015-12-18, Lilla hörsalen, NOD-huset, Borgarfjordsgatan 12, Kista, 13:00 (engelsk)
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2015-11-26 Laget: 2015-11-05 Sist oppdatert: 2015-11-19bibliografisk kontrollert

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