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Faculty Perceptions and Use of a Learning Management System at an Urban, Research Institution

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Technology Curriculum Innovations

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Engineering Technology

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25.633.1 - 25.633.12



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Julie M. Little-Wiles M.S.M., Ph.D. (A.B.D.) Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Julie M. Little-Wiles is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University's College of Technology in the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation.

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Stephen Hundley Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Stephen Hundley is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate programs and Associate Professor of organizational leadership and supervision in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI.

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Wanda L. Worley Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Erich J. Bauer Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Faculty Perceptions and Use of a Learning Management System at an Urban, Research InstitutionWhen universities arrive at decisions on, then develop and implement learning managementsystems for their institutions, how do the faculty feel about those systems? Do they believe thatthey are engaging their students with their use of the learning management system? Whatelements do they consider are crucial to be present in a learning management system to benefitstudents, themselves, and their departments?This study examined an online learning management system in relationship to faculty in theSchool of Engineering and 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 inquiry concentrated on faculty’s perceptions ofonline courses to help researchers gauge interest, experience, and opinions on the subject as thisparticular institution does offer such courses in their various programs frequently.This research centered on exactly what faculty utilize in a learning management system to aidtheir students in not only gaining knowledge, but also in engaging them in the course and area offocus. Specific elements were identified that (1) faculty commonly make use of within thelearning management system, (2) faculty perceive students respond best to, and (3) facultyperceive students care most about. The results provide both administrators and faculty withgeneral guidelines in developing and maintaining successful online learning environments.Standard tools available in the majority of learning management systems were evaluated.Determination of faculty’s training experience and requirements are also discussed. Finally, anunderstanding of faculty perceptions of the learning management system will be summarized.

Little-Wiles, J. M., & Hundley, S., & Worley, W. L., & Bauer, E. J. (2012, June), Faculty Perceptions and Use of a Learning Management System at an Urban, Research Institution Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21390

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