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A Study of Traditional Undergraduate Student Engagement in Blackboard Learning Management System

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Multimedia and Distance Learning

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Engineering Technology

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22.112.1 - 22.112.10



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Julie M. Little-Wiles Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Doctoral Student, College of Technology, Purdue University

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Linda L. Naimi Purdue University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Naimi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University and an attorney at law. Her research interests focus on leadership and innovation, in which she examines ethical, legal and global issues in leadership and explores the unintended consequences of technology innovation on culture and the quality of life.

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A Study of Traditional Undergraduate Student Engagement in a Learning Management SystemWhat can we do as university administrators and educators to ensure our students are fullyengaged in regards to course instruction within a learning management system? How do weenhance a student’s academic experience and provide a sense of community to them – online in alearning management system? What elements need to be present in an online learningmanagement system to benefit students within a traditional campus setting?These questions directed a study that examined an online learning management system(Blackboard) in relationship to a traditional undergraduate college student in the College ofTechnology at ____________ . Researchers surveyed a diverse and representative group of undergraduate studentsfrom every department within the College of Technology for purposes of this study. Surveyquestions were concentrated in three crucial areas of interest to researchers including instructorusage, student usage, and student perceptions. Students were also given the opportunity torespond to four questions inquiring what they liked most and least about the learningmanagement systems; how their experience could be improved within the system; and finally,what suggestions they have for their instructors to use the learning management systems moreeffectively in their courses.Results from this study focus on how to design and facilitate an online learning managementsystem that would best aid this particular student population in their academic pursuits. Specifictools were identified and evaluated by stakeholders, and researchers were able to distinguishessential elements that undergraduate students were especially receptive to and even required inan online learning environment and a learning management system. How to encourageengagement in the learning management system and within various courses to support studentswill be discussed. Finally, the minimum tools required to create a stimulating and beneficiallearning environment for students are summarized.

Little-Wiles, J. M., & Naimi, L. L. (2011, June), A Study of Traditional Undergraduate Student Engagement in Blackboard Learning Management System Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17394

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