Student perceptions on learning by design method in web-based learning environment : a case study

Download
2010
Akman, Evrim
The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of students in an implementation of “Learning by Design” method through a web based learning environment. The information gathered from the students enrolled in the undergraduate course; “Foundations of Distance Education” in 2009 Summer School and 2009-2010 Fall Semesters was evaluated. The course was given in blended form, i.e. face to face lessons and online instructional activities were performed together. In the web based part of the course, several educational modules of an open source learning management system (LMS), such as quizzes, forums, lesson pages, wiki pages, mail interface etc. were used. The students were responsible for implementing an educational course site on the LMS platform, using the course curriculum applications. Within the scope of this thesis, the perceptions of the students about course-related projects, and online and classroom activities were investigated through interviews and questionnaires. The academic development of students was also considered in the study. Additionally, several informal interviews were also done with the instructor of the course in order to investigate his perceptions about the conduct of the course. Questionnaire results have been analyzed quantitatively and face to face interview results have been analyzed qualitatively. Both quantitative and qualitative data indicated that the students’ perceptions about how the course was conducted and the learning by design activities were generally positive. Especially the project work, which was assigned as a requisite of the learning by design method, was pointed out as a positive factor in students' learning of the subject matter both in the questionnaires and in the face to face interviews. Another important finding of the interview and questionnaire results was that the communication between the instructor and the students contributed positively to not only learning the course content but the quality of the projects as well. As an outcome of this study, many important factors, which lead to successful results in implementation of learning by design method in a web based environment, have been identified. These results are presented in detail in the 'Discussion and Recommendations' section.

Suggestions

A design based research on the use of a blended learning environment
Gedik, Nuray; Özden, M. Yaşar; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2010)
The purpose of this study is to examine and describe student and instructor experiences and perceptions of course design, and identify the critical issues regarding the use of a blended learning environment. A design based research (DBR) framework with qualitative approaches was carried out by collecting data from an undergraduate course offered to sophomores. The primary approach was phenomenology using the lens of heuristic inquiry. Interviews, questionnaires, documents, observation notes, instructor diar...
Computer education in Turkish basic education schools: gaps between policy and practice
Şerefoğlu Henkoğlu, Halise; Yıldırım, İbrahim Soner; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2009)
The purpose of this study is to investigate the current status of computer education in Turkish basic education schools by exploring the perceptions of computer teachers in terms of the policy of new computer education curriculum, which was prepared in 2006, and its actual implementations in schools. The primary aim of the study is to develop a deeper understanding about the effects of new computer education curriculum on the basic education school computer teachers and students, and their perceptions about...
Perceptions of students and teachers about the use of a kid's programming language in computer courses
Akçay, Tayfun; Özden, M. Yaşar; Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (2009)
This study examined the integration of Small Basic as a new technology in computer courses of elementary schools in Turkey and investigated the perceptions of students and teachers of elementary school about the use of Small Basic in their computer courses in terms of its effects on their perceived motivation, perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use. Also, information from teachers about advantages and disadvantages of this technology, and the suggestions of teachers about the use of this technology ...
Student evaluation of instruction: comparison between in-class and online methods
Çapa Aydın, Yeşim (Informa UK Limited, 2014-12-4)
This study compares student evaluations of instruction that were collected in-class with those gathered through an online survey. The two modes of administration were compared with respect to response rate, psychometric characteristics and mean ratings through different statistical analyses. Findings indicated that in-class evaluations produced a significantly higher response rate than online evaluation. In addition, Rasch analysis showed that mean ratings obtained in in-class evaluation were significantly ...
An analysis of the problem-based instruction in engineering education
Ateş, Özlem; Eryılmaz, Ali; Department of Secondary Science and Mathematics Education (2009)
The main aim of this study was to analyze the implementation of problem-based instruction in electrical-electronics engineering education from the perspectives of tutors and students. Secondary aim of the study was to compare engineering students’ motivation and their use of learning strategies who received their first year curriculum in problem-based learning (PBL) format, in comparison to those who received their curriculum in a conventional lecture format. A multi-method research design that incorporated...
Citation Formats
E. Akman, “Student perceptions on learning by design method in web-based learning environment : a case study,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.