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Learning Management Systems: Understanding the Expectations of Learners in Developing Countries

Ssekakubo, Grace, Hussein Suleman and Gary Marsden (2012) Learning Management Systems: Understanding the Expectations of Learners in Developing Countries. In Proceedings IADIS e-learning 2012, Lisbon, Portugal.

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The main objective of this study was to identify strategies of enabling learners in developing countries to fully exploit the potential of learning management systems (LMSs).
The study set out to: (i) identify the services of learning management systems that are most needed and desired by university learners in developing countries, and (ii) to identify appropriate access strategies that would guide design decisions on how to effectively and satisfactorily deliver such services to the university students in developing countries.
A total of 144 students from two African universities participated in the study by responding to an online survey questionnaire. The questionnaire asked students; how often they accessed LMSs to obtain, create and exchange information and knowledge; their preference for the different devices used for accessing the LMS; the LMS services they are most often required to access; and the services they most desire to use.
The findings of the survey indicate that the most desired and most accessed LMS services by the students include assignments, announcements, resources, course outlines and the chat room. At the same time, mobile phones are rated the least used devices for accessing the LMS services.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
ID Code:790
Deposited By:Marsden, Gary
Deposited On:22 October 2012