Lecturers’ experiences and perceptions of using learning management systems

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James, Sharon
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Master of Computing
Unitec Institute of Technology
Fielden, Kay
Joyce, Donald
Muller, Logan
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Learning management systems
User perceptions
User experiences
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James, S. (2010). Lecturers’ experiences and perceptions of using learning management systems. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Computing). Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10652/1554
Learning management systems (LMSs) have now been in vogue for more than a decade. They have evolved into useful tools for both students and teachers. The implementation of these systems primarily depends upon the teachers. Hence, it is very important that the whole system is easy to use and effective. In order to explore these fundamental aspects two institutes were chosen to conduct interviews. Sixteen lecturers were interviewed and the results tabulated and analysed to determine their experience and perceptions of the use of the LMS. The findings have been categorised into three main groups, namely the use of the LMS, perceptions of the LMS and skills and support. The findings support much of what has been in the literature with a few other pointers that help us to know exactly what a sample of lecturers actually felt about the LMS at the time of the interviews. It is hoped that the results that have been analysed would serve as guidance for the requirements with respect to skills and support, as well as provide information that can be used in furthering the use of LMSs that will depend upon lecturers’ experiences and perceptions and the extent to which they are equipped to deliver courses online.
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