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Thesis Web Dialogue
Högskolan i Kalmar, Sweden.
Högskolan i Kalmar, Sweden.
2007 (English)In: European Journal of Open and Distance Learning, ISSN 1027-5207, E-ISSN 1027-5207, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes development work where an application specially adapted for essay-writing and supervision has been constructed, developed and tested. The aim of the programme development has been to create support for essay-writing and supervision. With the ambition of reinforcing important ingredients for effective supervision and essay-writing the aim and requirements for the Thesis Web Dialogue were formulated. The chief aim from the tutor's perspective was to facilitate organizing his or her supervision and efficiently follow and support the essay-writer. The essay-writers' chief aim was to find easy access to tutor support and information relevant to their essay work. The Thesis Web Dialogue was continuously developed and evaluated, a process which culminated on two evaluation occasions. The majority of the tutors and essay-writers who had tested or been introduced to the Thesis Web Dialogue are positive to its idea and function. The most positive is the student group. A few students have expressed their scepticism vis-à-vis the Thesis Web Dialogue. Some of these students feel uncertain when confronted with the technology, while some apparently want to avoid be subjected to higher demands and greater insight into their essay work. The result shows that the Thesis Web Dialogue can be of great help to many students and tutors. It is probably especially suitable for distance courses and/or essay courses where the tutor follows the essay writers for a fairly long time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. no 2
National Category
Information Systems Pedagogy
Research subject
Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems; Computer and Information Sciences Computer Science, Information Systems
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12211OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-12211DiVA, id: diva2:415581
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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1. SUPPORT FOR LEARNING - POSSIBILITIES AND OBSTACLES IN LEARNING APPLICATIONS
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2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis an overarching analysis is made of four articles published in refereed international journals. The articles are describing the development and implementation of learning support systems/learning support applications. The text which summarizes and retrospectively analyzes the projects described in the articles has been condensed into yet another article, which has been placed at the end of the thesis. This makes a total of five articles.

In the analysis that is made of learning support applications the following questions are in focus: What results have the projects achieved and how have the experiences gained been utilized? What factors in the described projects have facilitated or hindered the idea, vision, design and implementation of the learning support systems? How have university intentions of supporting entrepreneurship and the commercialization of ideas and products benefited the projects?

The results show that there are a great many similarities in the ideas and visions that have initiated and affected the learning support work. Improved communication and availability are expected from all the applications, as well as coordination, creating order and an overarching view. In spite of a large number of positive users, it has been difficult for the applications described to become integrated into the organizations. One possible reason for this is the bad anchoring of the projects in the management organization. Further, there was a lack of funding in the final phases of the projects, which considerably reduced the chances of establishing and continuing operating them. In the gap arising between the end of the implementation phase and the possible application for and granting of new funding, the project dies out of itself. One way of reversing this trend is to grant means for continued work and to get the organization and administration to upgrade the value of a learning application that has become established in the organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2011
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 101
Keywords
E-learning, informatics, implementation, learning management system, systems development., E-lärande, informatik, implementering, lärsystem, systemutveckling
National Category
Computer and Information Sciences
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12215 (URN)978-91-7485-013-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-06-10, Case-salen, Mälardalens högskola, Västerås, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2011-05-09 Created: 2011-05-08 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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