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Lecturers' attitudes about the use of learning management systems in engineering education: A Swedish case study
University of Borås, Sweden.
University of Borås, Sweden.
2007 (English)In: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, ISSN 1449-5554, E-ISSN 1449-5554, Vol. 23, no 3, 327-349 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to examine lecturers' attitudes towards learning management systems (LMS), with particular reference to identifying obstacles to increased use. At the University College of Borås, Sweden, 22 lecturers who had used WebCT during the previous 9 months were interviewed. The answers show that most of the lecturers, including those who only used minor parts of the LMS, believed that they could benefit from using a LMS in the future. The study did not support the hypothesis that fear of the complexity of the system or unwanted effects on education are important reasons for lecturers not to use the LMS. When lecturers decide individually to use tools in the LMS, the major concern is the initial amount of work compared with the expected benefits. Due to the benefits of a fully implemented LMS and the results of this study, it is recommended that institutions in higher education take actions to establish LMS as a standard tool, and support development of the lecturers' professional competence.

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2007. Vol. 23, no 3, 327-349 p.
Keyword [en]
e-learning, information and communication technology, learning management systems, engineering education, ICT
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Pedagogy Engineering and Technology
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116031OAI: diva2:801476
Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-07-31Bibliographically approved
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1. Educational Software in Engineering Education
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis contributes to the quality of engineering education and the accessibility of education worldwide by promoting computer-enhanced teaching and learning. It uses the epistemology of John Dewey (1859-1952) and the action research methodology first advanced by Kurt Lewin (1890-1947). A mixed methods approach that combines qualitative case studies with quantitative research methods is used.

In the first of three case studies engineering students working on their final degree projects participated. To elicit interaction, a learning management system (LMS) was used and the students were strongly encouraged to discuss various aspects of their work.

The second case focused on the barriers to a wider utilization of educational software in engineering education. The case is delimited to lecturers at the School of Engineering at the University of Borås. The investigation focuses on the lecturers’ reluctance to use educational technology and the slow uptake of new pedagogical methods in engineering education.

The third case study covers three subsets of participants. A course intended to improve lecturers handling skills and motivation to utilize educational software in a pedagogically sound manner was given in Cuba, Guatemala and Peru.

The first case demonstrated that computer-enhanced collaborative learning can improve the learning experience and performance of engineering students. The second case showed that LMS tools that facilitate traditional methods are used routinely, whereas lecturers often refrain from using features intended to facilitate collaboration and the creation of communities of learners.

The third case study investigated the use of a complete course package, with all course material and software contained on the same USB drive (LiveUSB Mediated Education, LUME). It is asserted that LUME can facilitate constructivist pedagogical methods and help overcome the reluctance of lecturers to utilize educational software in a pedagogical sound way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Education, Stockholm University, 2015
Doktorsavhandlingar från Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, 38
Higher Education, E-learning, Learning Management Systems, Engineering Education, Educational Technology, Pedagogical Use of ICT, Staff Development, Developing Countries
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Pedagogical Work Pedagogy Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117202 (URN)978-91-7649-205-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-09-28, Lilla Hörsalen, Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Frescativägen 40, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-09-04 Created: 2015-05-13 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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