Perceived Promoters of and Barriers to Use of a Learning Management System in an Undergraduate Nursing Program
Fuad Alhosban, Assistant Professor ; Samantha Ismaile, Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
iJET Volume 13, Number 2, ISSN 1863-0383 Publisher: International Association of Online Engineering, Kassel, Germany
Effective presentation of information is essential in teaching and learning. We assessed the promoters of and barriers to utilization of a learning man-agement system, namely Blackboardïƒ¢ (Blackboard Inc., Washington DC, USA), by undergraduate nursing students. We investigated their utilization of Blackboardïƒ¢and provided recommendations to improve their teaching and learning. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of 304 women in their second to fourth years of study using a validated questionnaire that evalu-ated their perceptions of Blackboardïƒ¢ utilization. Data were collected be-tween January and February 2017 and analyzed using descriptive and com-parative statistics. The response rate was 67.5%. The most frequently report-ed promoters of Blackboardïƒ¢ utilization were factors related to obtaining course specifications, materials, and grades (means: 3.54 ï‚± 1.18, 3.54 ï‚± 1.25, and 3.55 ï‚± 1.34, respectively). The most commonly mentioned barriers to Blackboardïƒ¢ utilization were factors related to loss of communication and feedback from educators (mean: 4.21 ï‚± 1.05). Our results revealed that students experiences of using such systems are often negative, especially in terms of communication, interaction, and feedback. Investment in staff training and creation of new roles to monitor, maintain, and audit the quali-ty of such systems are recommended.
Alhosban, F. & Ismaile, S. (2018). Perceived Promoters of and Barriers to Use of a Learning Management System in an Undergraduate Nursing Program. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 13(2), 226-233. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.