Virtual School Meanderings

March 7, 2012

SITE 2012 – Effects of Spoken vs. Written Text on the Quality of Discussion in Online Discussion Boards

The eighth session from the Virtual Schooling SIG at the annual Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference was:

Adopting a learning management system in secondary education: A case study

Michelle Read, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Renata Geurtz, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

This paper explores the adoption process of three high school teachers from consideration of the tool to understanding its potential impact to choosing whether to adopt and implement a learning management system. The use of learning management systems, particularly in secondary and higher education settings, is becoming more common either as a supplement to face-to-face instructions or full online course offerings. The findings from this paper explores difficulties encountered by many teachers as they attempt to integrate technology into their classrooms, including infrastructure issues, lack of administrative support and an unclear understanding of best practices and technology purpose. These three teachers, all from the same school, illustrate how the adoption process can vary for each individual. Additionally, this case study illustrates one way in which Moodle, an open-source, commonly used learning management system, is being used in secondary setting.

As this was a poster session, I simply took some images of the poster.

One more session tomorrow and then all of the Virtual Schooling SIG sessions are complete.

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