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Staff and student views of the usefulness of information technology materials within an integrated curriculum: are these educational resources effective in promoting student learning?

Peat, Mary, Franklin, Sue, Lewis, Andrew and Sims, Rod 2001, Staff and student views of the usefulness of information technology materials within an integrated curriculum: are these educational resources effective in promoting student learning?, in Meeting at the crossroads : proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiarty Education (ASCILITE) : 9 - 12 December 2001, Biomedical Multimedia Unit, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 471-480.

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Title Staff and student views of the usefulness of information technology materials within an integrated curriculum: are these educational resources effective in promoting student learning?
Author(s) Peat, Mary
Franklin, Sue
Lewis, Andrew
Sims, Rod
Conference name Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference (18th : 2001 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 9-12 Dec. 2001
Title of proceedings Meeting at the crossroads : proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiarty Education (ASCILITE) : 9 - 12 December 2001
Editor(s) Kennedy, Gregory
Keppell, Mike
McNaught, Carmel
Petrovic, Tom
Publication date 2001
Conference series Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference
Start page 471
End page 480
Publisher Biomedical Multimedia Unit, The University of Melbourne
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) perceptions of IT use
student learning
biology education
online learning evaluation
Summary This paper reports on a study on the perceived effectiveness of educational resources within the context of a single course in a first-year biology program at the University of Sydney (Australia). The overall study examined the dynamic state of perceptions towards these resources by the major stakeholders involved with the course (students, teaching staff, and technical staff). A major focus of the research was the extent to which the students used the computer-based resources made available to them, and staff and students' perceptions of the usefulness of these resources in supporting their learning. Specifically, results are discussed related to student use of computers and the Internet, use of biology online materials in the virtual learning environment, use and perceptions of communication technologies, and use and perceptions of computer-based online resources. Data were collected from the students using surveys and focus groups and from staff using surveys and interviews within an action-research paradigm. While the majority of students found the resources to be of use in supporting learning, some did not find them useful, and some did not use them at all. In comparison, the staff had higher expectations of both usage and usefulness. The level of student use was not a function of access to computers or the Internet, so the findings suggest that the provision of online resources will not necessarily generate value-added learning.
ISBN 0734021585
9780734021588
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2001
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009518

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Psychology
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