Sustainable use of MOODLE as a learning management system within a school context

Wilson, Gregory Peter (2010) Sustainable use of MOODLE as a learning management system within a school context. PhD thesis, Central Queensland University.

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Abstract

Education Queensland (EQ) schools are increasingly using Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) for student learning and other school functions. EQ is also incorporating ICT applications to streamline school management practices. This research examines the implementation of a Learning Management System (LMS), MOODLE (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) at a large semi-rural high school. The use of MOODLE is in response to EQ key ICT objectives outlined under the State Government’s 2007 Smart State policy. The research used an exploratory case study methodology to examine the implementation of MOODLE at the school. Sustainability literature was used to examine the key measures to identify changes in ICT practices at the school by students, teachers and other school staff. Findings from the research revealed that students quickly incorporate LMS features for learning and other purposes. Students’ familiarity with technology influenced the use of new applications and wider application use across the system. Also it was found that teaching practices changed in response to implementing a localised LMS, MOODLE, which in turn resulted in an increased use of the site. The literature identified that a sustainable implementation of ICT practices requires five essential markers to be considered. Identified through this research were the technical considerations in provisioning LMS as well as staff considerations that facilitated enabling use of the LMS. It was concluded from the findings that localised control is a critical component to assure continued growth and sustainability of the LMS. Results from this research are being used to develop a framework for EQ schools to develop their own localised ICT practice within the school community.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: Adoption of educational technology
Educational technology > Adoption of educational technology

Education (General) > Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Primary, Secondary, K-12
Depositing User: Dr Michael de Raadt
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2016 00:35
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 00:35
URI: http://research.moodle.net/id/eprint/96

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