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Tools used in learning management systems: Analysis of WebCT usage logs

Phillips, R. (2006) Tools used in learning management systems: Analysis of WebCT usage logs. In: ASCILITE 2006: Who's learning? Whose technology?, 3 - 6 December 2006, University of Sydney, Sydney pp. 663-673.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the use of tools within WebCT Campus Edition 4. Internal usage tracking data was analysed to determine the extent of use of WebCT tools within individual units of study at five universities, primarily Murdoch University. An innovative algorithm, using a geometric distribution, was used to categorise use of the tools. The research found that WebCT was heavily used in a teacher-centred mode, with the majority of use in provision of content to students, and in students reading messages from their lecturers. Tool use which emphasised student-centred learning was only apparent in a small number of cases. These results were relatively comparable with those from four other universities. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of the observed behaviour.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Teaching and Learning Centre
Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Copyright: 2006 ASCILITE
Notes: Appears in: L. Markauskaite, P. Goodyear & P. Reimann (Eds.), The 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Who's Learning? Whose Technology? (pp. 663-673). Sydney: Sydney University Press.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/12169
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