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The Role of Learning Management Systems in Educational Environments: An Exploratory Case Study
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Using Learning Management Systems (LMSs) in educational environmentshas facilitated the communication between students and teachers, and raisednew challenges as well. The aim of this research is to investigate the role ofLMS in the learning and teaching processes from students and teachersperspectives. We adopted a social constructivist worldview. We used aninductive qualitative approach, a single case study design and hermeneuticalapproach for analyzing the interviews and observations. We used Garrison etal. (2000) community of inquiry framework as a theoretical guide for thestudy. The research took place at the School of Computer Science, Physicsand mathematics department at Linnaeus University, Växjö campus. Theparticipants of this research were students and teachers from two masterlevels within the program of Information Systems. The study results indicatedthat students and teachers were content with the usage of Blackboard inorganizing courses materials. Although, most teachers didn’t encourageinteractive and discussion activities on Blackboard, students expressed theneed for such activities to help them in constructing and building newmeanings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 72 p.
Linnaeus University Dissertations
Keyword [en]
Learning Managements System (LMS), Blackboard, Community of Inquiry (COI), Blended Learning, e-Learning, Learning
National Category
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-13790OAI: diva2:435519
Educational program
Master Programme in Information Systems, 60 credits
2011-06-07, D1136, Linnaeus University, Växjö, 08:15 (English)
Available from: 2011-08-22 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2011-08-22Bibliographically approved

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