Learning Management Systems (LMS) are rapidly becoming a near-ubiquitous feature in the technological landscape of higher academic institutions. By providing collaborative and pedagogical tools to instructors in a digital setting, instruction is more readily extended beyond the classroom by an LMS in that they provide access to materials and instruments anywhere that a student or teacher has access to a networked computer. In order to continue developing a better understanding of how The College of Wooster’s LMS, woodle, is being used, an analysis of the amount and type of use of woodle by every course on campus was undertaken.
Out of the three hundred and twenty-seven courses offered during the Fall 2009 semester, one hundred and fifty-eight courses maintained a course page in woodle, resulting in a fifty-five percent usage rate on campus. This represents a 9% increase from fall 2008. Findings in regard to typical course utilization reveal that the majority of woodle pages are used as a repository for course files, articles, and reading assignments while other woodle modules such as forums, wikis, and quizzes continue to be used sparingly.
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