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SUPPORT FOR LEARNING - POSSIBILITIES AND OBSTACLES IN LEARNING APPLICATIONS
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology.
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis an overarching analysis is made of four articles published in refereed international journals. The articles are describing the development and implementation of learning support systems/learning support applications. The text which summarizes and retrospectively analyzes the projects described in the articles has been condensed into yet another article, which has been placed at the end of the thesis. This makes a total of five articles.

In the analysis that is made of learning support applications the following questions are in focus: What results have the projects achieved and how have the experiences gained been utilized? What factors in the described projects have facilitated or hindered the idea, vision, design and implementation of the learning support systems? How have university intentions of supporting entrepreneurship and the commercialization of ideas and products benefited the projects?

The results show that there are a great many similarities in the ideas and visions that have initiated and affected the learning support work. Improved communication and availability are expected from all the applications, as well as coordination, creating order and an overarching view. In spite of a large number of positive users, it has been difficult for the applications described to become integrated into the organizations. One possible reason for this is the bad anchoring of the projects in the management organization. Further, there was a lack of funding in the final phases of the projects, which considerably reduced the chances of establishing and continuing operating them. In the gap arising between the end of the implementation phase and the possible application for and granting of new funding, the project dies out of itself. One way of reversing this trend is to grant means for continued work and to get the organization and administration to upgrade the value of a learning application that has become established in the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University , 2011.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 101
Keyword [en]
E-learning, informatics, implementation, learning management system, systems development.
Keyword [sv]
E-lärande, informatik, implementering, lärsystem, systemutveckling
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12215ISBN: 978-91-7485-013-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-12215DiVA: diva2:415583
Public defence
2011-06-10, Case-salen, Mälardalens högskola, Västerås, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2011-05-09 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2011-05-19Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Thesis Web Dialogue
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thesis Web Dialogue
2007 (English)In: European Journal of Open and Distance Learning, ISSN 1027-5207, E-ISSN 1027-5207, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes development work where an application specially adapted for essay-writing and supervision has been constructed, developed and tested. The aim of the programme development has been to create support for essay-writing and supervision. With the ambition of reinforcing important ingredients for effective supervision and essay-writing the aim and requirements for the Thesis Web Dialogue were formulated. The chief aim from the tutor's perspective was to facilitate organizing his or her supervision and efficiently follow and support the essay-writer. The essay-writers' chief aim was to find easy access to tutor support and information relevant to their essay work. The Thesis Web Dialogue was continuously developed and evaluated, a process which culminated on two evaluation occasions. The majority of the tutors and essay-writers who had tested or been introduced to the Thesis Web Dialogue are positive to its idea and function. The most positive is the student group. A few students have expressed their scepticism vis-à-vis the Thesis Web Dialogue. Some of these students feel uncertain when confronted with the technology, while some apparently want to avoid be subjected to higher demands and greater insight into their essay work. The result shows that the Thesis Web Dialogue can be of great help to many students and tutors. It is probably especially suitable for distance courses and/or essay courses where the tutor follows the essay writers for a fairly long time.

National Category
Information Systems Pedagogy
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12211 (URN)
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved
2. E- Collaboration around children with functional disabilities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>E- Collaboration around children with functional disabilities
2008 (English)In: Telemedicine journal and e-health, ISSN 1530-5627, E-ISSN 1556-3669, Vol. 14, no 7, 687-694 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Engineering and Technology Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12212 (URN)10.1089/tmj.2007.0112 (DOI)000260158000042 ()2-s2.0-52749093999 (ScopusID)
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved
3. Web coherence learning: Web support to create context and continuity in learning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Web coherence learning: Web support to create context and continuity in learning
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, ISSN 1868-8799, Vol. 3, no 3, 10-14 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes a learning system constructed to facilitate teaching and learning by creating a functional web-based contact between schools and organisations which in cooperation with the school contribute to pupils'/students' cognitive development. Examples of such organisations include science centres, museums, art and music workshops and teacher education internships. With the support of the " Web Coherence Learning" IT application (abbreviated in Swedish to Webbhang) developed by the University of Kalmar, the aim is to reinforce learning processes in the encounter with organisations outside school. In close cooperation with potential users a system was developed which can be described as consisting of three modules, " the organisation page" , " the activity page" and " the participant page" . System development and testing have been performed in a small pilot study. The result shows that the service is easy to distribute and establish. The functions that are combined form a whole, which is perceived by the users as functional.

National Category
Engineering and Technology Social Sciences
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12214 (URN)2-s2.0-70349952204 (ScopusID)
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2014-01-07Bibliographically approved
4. Theory, method and tools for evaluation using a systems-based approach.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theory, method and tools for evaluation using a systems-based approach.
2008 (English)In: Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation, ISSN 1566-6379, Vol. 11, no 3, 197-212 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12213 (URN)
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2013-12-30Bibliographically approved
5. For benefit or oblivion?: From idea and vision to the implementation and support of Learning Applications.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>For benefit or oblivion?: From idea and vision to the implementation and support of Learning Applications.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer Science, ISSN 0976-5697, Vol. 1, no 2, 79-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keyword
Computer science, E-learning, implementation, learning support systems, support applications
National Category
Computer Science
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Computer Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12210 (URN)
Available from: 2010-09-03 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2011-05-09Bibliographically approved

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