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Barriers to a wider implementation of LMS in higher education: a Swedish case study, 2006-2011
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. University of Borås, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: E-learning and Education, ISSN 1860-7470, no 9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates barriers to a wider utilization of a Learning Management System (LMS). The study aims to identify the reasons why some tools in the LMS are rarely used, in spite of assertions that the learning experience and students’ performance can be improved by interaction and collaboration, facilitated by the LMS. Lecturers’ perceptions about the use of LMSs over the last four years at the School of Engineering, University of Borås were investigated. Seventeen lecturers who were interviewed in 2006 were interviewed again in 2011. The lecturers’ still use the LMS primarily for distribution of documents and course administration. The results indicate that their attitudes have not changed significantly. The apparent reluctance to utilize interactive features in the LMS is analyzed, by looking at the expected impact on the lecturers’ work situation. The author argues that the main barrier to a wider utilization of LMS is the lecturers’ fear of additional demands on their time. Hence, if educational institutions want a wider utilization of LMS, some kind of incentives for lecturers are needed, in addition to support and training.

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2013. no 9
Keyword [en]
e-learning, information and communication technology, learning management systems, engineering education, ICT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116040OAI: diva2:801490
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
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Educational Software in Engineering Education
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
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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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