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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?

conference contribution
posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Peat, S Franklin, Andrew Lewis, R Sims
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.

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Event

Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference (18th : 2001 : Melbourne, Victoria)

Pagination

471 - 480

Publisher

Biomedical Multimedia Unit, The University of Melbourne

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

Start date

2001-12-09

End date

2001-12-12

ISBN-13

9780734021588

ISBN-10

0734021585

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2001

Editor/Contributor(s)

G Kennedy, M Keppell, C McNaught, T Petrovic

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

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