Attitudes to the application of a Web-based learning system in a microbiology course
Computers & Education Volume 45, Number 2, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Computer-based systems have great potential for delivering learning material. Here, a Web-based learning management system is employed by a medical university to support undergraduate courses. The objective was to help the university’s staff to understand the readiness and attitudes of students to the use of information technology, their orientation to new learning environments, and the functionality of the system. The participants were a cohort of first-year medical students enrolled in an introductory microbiology course. Students’ attitudes to information technology and learning styles were measured by a rearranged questionnaire, and a principal component analysis identified the students’ orientations to information technology and the learning environment. The results of the study revealed that students showed readiness to and positive attitudes towards information technology in education and exposed a possible benefit from its use in the long run. However, they also conveyed negative opinions of the learning management system used in their coursework, suggesting a need for change of the technology. This study provides evidence that in order for computer-based system to be effective they must be designed and implemented with care, otherwise they may risk to lower students’ interests and activation.
Masiello, I., Ramberg, R. & Lonka, K. (2005). Attitudes to the application of a Web-based learning system in a microbiology course. Computers & Education, 45(2), 171-185. Elsevier Ltd.
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