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- 1. Uptake and Usage of Virtual Learning Environments: Findings from a longitudinal multi institutionalstudent usage surveyRobert Cosgrave, EamonCostello, Tom Farrelly, NualaHarding, Theresa Logan-Phelan, Claire McAvinia,Fiona ORiordan, DamienRaftery, Angelica RisquezEdTech 2012, May 31st-June 1st, NUI Maynooth
2. Virtual Learning Environments are now core infrastructure in most tertiary institutions. But we dont know as much as weshould about how they are used, and for what... 3. It all started in Cork 4. Project StructureProject Budget 0.00Project Lead NoneTeam Structure None 5. Ground Rules 6. Higher Education TimesUniversity of Leitrim has best VLE!President Gloats! Researchers sacked! No use of findings for PRAll published results to be anonymous by Institution. Institutions letter coded A,B,C 7. Three myths of the VLE:"The choice of VLE will influence how I teach""Using a VLE will reduce attendance""If everything happens online, the face to face teaching will be redundant." 8. Meet the Data 15,385 Individual Student Responses 12 Institutions 22 Survey Instances Data collection since 2008 78 questions (including subquestions) 9. How to slice it? Blackboard vs. Moodle Demographics Disability Time 10. What do you use the VLE for?100%90%80%70%60%50%40%30%20%10% 0% Keep track of Get copies of Get otherOnline Online quizzes Submitclass timeslecture notescourse discussionsassignments materialabout thecourse %2008/092011/12 11. If you do not use [VLE], why not?30%25%20%15%10%5%0%My Lecturers dont The information on I cant access itI find it difficult toI dont haveuse it it isnt usefuluse access to the web %2008/092011/12 12. I am comfortable with using computers90%80%70%60%50%40%30%20%10%0%16-23 24-3536-50 50+16-23 24-3536-50 50+2009/09 2011/12 Strongly agreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeStrongly disagree 13. What is the most important thing you wouldLecturer use to seebig issuelike is a improvedMore use ofAudio/Multimedia/ PodcastsBetter Usage by Lecturers More Reliable Easier to Use 14. When asked what prevents them getting mostof their VLE..."Answer is simple...The system as usual is perfect. What isholding us back is the lecturers...I feel each lecturershould be trained more""I think that if lecturers dont use Moodle effectively(uploading class notes, including research resources,case studies, discussions, etc.), Moodle wouldnt be auseful or helpful resource for students""All lecturers appear to have a different method of using[VLE] and this should be standard" 15. Digital Literacy, Usability, Support100%90%80%70%60%50%40%30%20%10% 0% I am I have I think systems The VLE isThe VLE is I can get comfortableadequatelike the VLE easy to usereliableadequate helpwith usingaccess (ie are helpfuland support tocomputerscomputers,use the VLEbandwidth) to the web outside college % 2008/09 2011/12 16. "I like the freedom of having access to info day or night."60%50%40%30%20%10%0%07:00 to 09:00 09:00 to 12:00 12:00 to 14:00 14:00 to 18:00 18:00 to 22:00 22:00 to 07:00 %2008/092011/12 17. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%H om eW orkp lace Ope n Ac ce ss Lab s D epa rtmentalL abs2008/09 La% pt opsInon ter neCa m2011/12tC pu af ss outs i decampu sFrom where do you access the VLEM ob ileDe vic e 18. Things are getting better My lecturers make good use of the VLE100%80%60%40%20% 0% 2008/09 2011/12 Disagree/Strongly Disagree Agree/Strongly Agree 19. Students overwhelmingly like VLEs Systems like VLEs are helpful100%80%60%40%20% 0%2008/09 2011/12Disagree/Strongly Disagree Agree/Strongly Agree 20. 90%80%70%60%50%"I find it makes note-taking less hard andmeans I can concentrate more in the40%lecture"30%20%10% 0%It mainly repeatsIt adds to what is It helps to clarify Using the VLE Using the VLEwhat is covered incovered in class what has been makes it easier forhelps meclass covered in class me to learn understand how well I am doing%2008/09 2011/12 21. They help students communicate 22. Getting notes on [VLE] makes me less likely togo to lectures50%40%30%20%10%0%Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree 23. "I believe extra notes online aid the learning ofstudents and not deter them [students] fromcoming to class""Sometimes lecturers dont use it to its fullpotentialsome are reluctant to put lecturenotes up in the flawed attempt to makepeople come to class but if people dont wantto be there they just wont come either way" 24. Three myths of the VLE?"The choice of VLE will influence how I teach"No. Youre only using it for content distribution anyway, andtheres no evidence of any VLE specific trends in usage."Using a VLE will reduce attendance"Students disagree."If everything happens online, the face to face teaching willbe redundant."Students disagree. They say it adds to what is covered inclass. 25. Three myths of the VLE?"The choice of VLE willinfluence how I teach""Using a VLE willreduce attendance"If everything happensonline, the face to faceteaching will beredundant." 26. So, how are we doing?Our VLEs are doing OK!They solve basic problems wellThey are becoming more widely usedWe need to help lecturers get off the bottomrung where they need to 27. Next Steps Keep running the student survey Complement with a staff survey Consider system derived metrics andlearning analytics type data Integrate with National Strategy regardingstudent engagement 28. Longitudinal Studies never end...New institutions welcome. Contact any of the authors to get involved. Get involved anytime. Plenty of work to go around! 29. Dissemination Cosgrave, Robert ; McAvinia, Claire ;Risquez, Angelica ;Logan-Phelan, Theresa (2008): Uptake and usage of virtual learning environments: findings from a multi institutional student usage survey. Second Annual Conference of the National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. WIT, 14-15th November Cosgrave, Robert ; McAvinia, Claire ;Risquez, Angelica ;Logan-Phelan, Theresa; Farelly, Tom; Harding, Nuala; Cooper, Rosemary; Vaughan, Noreen; Palmer, Marion (2009): Usage and uptake of virtual learning environments and technology assisted learning tools: Findings from a multi-institutional, multi year comparative study. EdTech 2009, May NCI Cosgrave et al, (2011) Usage and uptake of Virtual Learning Environments and Technology Assisted Learning Tools: Findings from a multi-institutional, multi-year, comparative study, The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (AISHEJ) http://journals.sfu.ca/aishe/index.php/aishe-j/index Publication pending EDIN publication (June 2013) Emerging Issues III From Capacity Building to Sustainability