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Instructor engagement affects student use of a Course Management System

Summary: Instructor engagement affects student use
of a Course Management System
Monica E. Bulger, Kevin C. Almeroth, Richard E. Mayer,
Dorothy Chun, Allan Knight, Heather M. Collins
University of California, Santa Barbara
College campuses are rapidly adopting Course Management
Systems (CMS) such as Moodle and Sakai for undergraduate
instruction. These online support systems offer the potential to
extend student-instructor interaction beyond the classroom, yet little
is known about the effects of instructor engagement on student use.
This study evaluates the extent to which instructor use of a CMS
affects student use and whether increased student use results in
improved academic performance.
Participants in two intact courses taught by the same instructor
used course resources available on Moodle during the course of a
quarter. Level of online course support provided by the instructor was
compared with levels of student use. Levels of student use were then
compared with academic performance.
In this study, we hypothesize that instructor engagement with a
CMS affects how students use the system and that this use


Source: Almeroth, Kevin C. - Department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences