The use of learning management systems in Engineering Education: A Swedish case study
2006 (English)In: Shifting Perspectives in Engineering Education / [ed] Michael Christie, Chalmers Strategic Effort on Learning and Teaching (C-SELT) Chalmers University of Technology , 2006, 213-226 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
New technology creates many new teaching and learning possibilities but at the same
time places great demands on teachers and learners (Scott, 2001). In March 2002 the
Swedish government created the Net University to stimulate and mediate net based
learning in higher education. SEK600 million was set aside to be distributed between
universities who supported e-learning initiatives. Of the total amount SEK500 million
was given directly to universities who offered e-learning courses via the Swedish Net
University. Some of this material was packaged in a pedagogically sound way and
reflected well on teachers educational designers who cared about and understood the
special requirements of e-learners. Unfortunately other material consisted of course notes
and lectures that were simply downloaded with a great deal of thought for the learner.
More recently the Net University has seen the need for more interactive courses that
make use of commercial learning management systems (hereafter LMS). LMS such as
BlackBoard, WebCT, Fronter, Ping Pong and others provide a way for teachers and
learners to arrange course materials in a clear and helpful way as well as providing useful
interactive teaching and learning tools. In early 2006 it hopes to be able to recommend
that participating universities use one particular LMS in order to gain the greatest
pedagogical and economical benefit for the universities and their teachers and learners.
The recommendation follows an exhaustive evaluation process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chalmers Strategic Effort on Learning and Teaching (C-SELT) Chalmers University of Technology , 2006. 213-226 p.
higher education, engineering education, flexible learning, flexible delivery, gender, curriculum studies, educational development, supervision of research, Engineering Education
Other Social Sciences
Research subject Teacher Education and Education Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5044Local ID: 2320/9897ISBN: 91-631-8476-1ISBN: 978-91-631-8476-5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-5044DiVA: diva2:884463