Learning Management Systems for Teaching at University Level: Students’ Attitudes and Real Usage in the Classroom

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Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 10)

Abstract

This chapter aims to present a group of undergraduates’ attitudes and real experiences with online management platforms in the classroom. The students involved in the present experiment were enrolled in a university course in English for specific purposes. The use of online management systems by university instructors has been limited to the upload of documents for students to consult; as a consequence, an alternative and more updated classification of tools and uses is described here, combining online and offline employments of such platforms. Using a socio-constructivist theoretical framework, online interaction among the different agents in the classroom is analysed, having the following results: Participants in the study manifested their preference towards small group interaction, communication and the online distribution of information as opposed to big group sessions and error-focused instruction. At the end of the chapter, further implications in group dynamics are also offered.

Keywords

Undergraduates Attitude Real experiences Online management platforms English for Specific Purposes Combining online and offline employments Socio-constructivist theoretical framework Online interaction Small group interaction Communication 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Denmark Polytechnic UniversityLyngbyDenmark

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