June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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An Examination of Faculty Perceptions and Use of a Learning Management SystemHow does university faculty feel about their learning management systems in use at theirinstitutions? Do they believe that they are engaging students with their use of the learningmanagement system? What elements do they consider are crucial to be present in a learningmanagement system to benefit students, themselves, and their departments?This study will examine an online learning management system (Blackboard) in relationship tofaculty in the College of Technology at ____________ . Survey questions focused on two main areas of inquiry, facultyusage and faculty perceptions of the learning management system. Researchers also gave facultythe opportunity to respond to four open-ended questions including what they liked most and leastin the system; suggestions for improvement in relationship to their use of the learningmanagement system; and finally, how could they utilize the learning management system moreeffectively in their courses. The last section of questions concentrated on faculty’s perceptions ofonline courses to help researchers gauge interest, experience, and opinions on the subject.Traditional tools such as textbooks, lectures, videos and group activities have long kept studentsengaged in a traditional classroom setting. This research will focus on what faculty utilize in anonline learning management system to aid their students in the learning process and engage themin the material at hand. Specific elements were identified that faculty commonly populate theirlearning management systems with and those elements faculty perceive students respond best toas well as care most about. Results to guide administrators and faculty in developing an onlinelearning environment will be discussed. General tools available in most learning managementsystems will be evaluated. Determination of faculty training required will also be given. Andfinally, an understanding of faculty perceptions of a learning management system will besummarized.
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