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ERIC Number: EJ875031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3518
Where Do I Put My Course Materials?
Caplow, Julie
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v7 n2 p165-173 2006
The National Center for Educational Statistics reported that during the 1997-1998 academic year, 58% of all postsecondary institutions offered Web-based courses. Moreover, 82% reported plans to increase their Web-based offerings over the following 3 years. In response to the growing interest in providing online instruction, various online course management systems (CMS) have been developed, including Blackboard, E-College, WebCT, Symposium, and Virtual-U. The major characteristics of these CMSs are "to convert lecture materials to Web presentation, linking course Web sites to related Web sites, constructing online examinations of knowledge acquisition, and providing some form of conferencing system to enable student questions or feedback." Where instructor course materials are placed on a CMS is an important element of effective and efficient online course navigation and student satisfaction. The purpose of this study was to: (1) examine and categorize where instructor course materials (ICMs) were placed on one widely used course management system, Blackboard; and (2) develop a preliminary classification matrix for ICM placement. The results of the analysis of the placement of instructor course materials on one CMS indicated that there are some trends to where instructors place their materials, but still variation in where those materials might be found on any course site. In addition, there was a general tendency, across all levels of courses, for instructor materials to be placed under the preset labels of Blackboard rather than under labels set by instructors. Further analysis of the data indicated that the higher the level of course use, the more likely instructors may be to place administration and management documents under instructor-set labels. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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