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