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Using log data to investigate the impact of (a)synchronous learning tools on LMS interaction

Greenland, Steven J. (). Using log data to investigate the impact of (a)synchronous learning tools on LMS interaction. In: Williams, G., Statham, P., Brown, N. and Cleland, B. ASCILITE 2011, Hobart, TAS, 4-7 December 2011.

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Author Greenland, Steven J.
Title Using log data to investigate the impact of (a)synchronous learning tools on LMS interaction
Conference Name ASCILITE 2011
Conference Location Hobart, TAS
Conference Dates 4-7 December 2011
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the ASCILITE 2011 Conference: Changing Demand, Changing Directions
Editor Williams, G.
Statham, P.
Brown, N.
Cleland, B.
Place of Publication Tasmania
Publisher University of Tasmania
ISBN 978-1-86295-644-5   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 469
End Page 474
Total Pages 6
Abstract This paper presents exploratory examination of LMS log data from ten undergraduate business courses that differ in terms of learning activity design. Data were derived from the Unit Statistics and User Activity functions on Blackboard versions 8 and 9.1, which report the number of student hits across the various LMS applications. The research identifies obstacles encountered when using log data. Findings suggest that the design of learning activities has substantial impact upon levels of student interaction with the LMS. Furthermore the greater the amount of asynchronous learning activities, versus synchronous ones, may generate increased student interaction not just with the interactive applications but with the LMS overall. This outcome is particularly relevant given the correlation between LMS interaction and student results reported in other studies. The research confirms the potential of log data to inform online teaching practice, highlights some of challenges involved and outlines avenues for future research.
Keyword Log data
LMS
Synchronous
Asynchronous
E-learning
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