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The use of learning management systems: a longitudinal case study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. University of Borås, Sweden.
University of Borås, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: E-learning and Education, ISSN 1860-7470, no 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article the use of Learning Management Systems (LMS) at the School of Engineering, University of Borås, in the year 2004 and the academic year 2009-2010 is investigated. The tools in the LMS were classified into four groups (tools for distribution, tools for communication, tools for interaction and tools for course administration) and the pattern of use was analyzed. The preliminary interpretation of the results was discussed with a group of teachers from the School of Engineering with long experience of using LMS.

High expectations about LMS as a tool to facilitate flexible education, student centered methods and the creation of an effective learning environment is abundant in the literature. This study, however, shows that in most of the surveyed courses the available LMS is predominantly used to distribute documents to students. The authors argue that a more elaborate use of LMS and a transformation of pedagogical practices towards social constructivist, learner centered procedures should be treated as an integrated process of professional development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. no 8
Keyword [en]
e-learning, learning management systems, engineering education, educational technology
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Pedagogical Work
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116043OAI: diva2:801492
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
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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