Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1918

Full Length Research Paper

Improving graduate students’ learning through the use of Moodle

Olmos Susana
  • Olmos Susana
  • University of Salamanca, Spain
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Mena Juanjo
  • Mena Juanjo
  • University of Salamanca, Spain
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Torrecilla Eva
  • Torrecilla Eva
  • University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Google Scholar
Iglesias Ana
  • Iglesias Ana
  • University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Google Scholar


  •  Received: 19 December 2014
  •  Accepted: 03 February 2015
  •  Published: 10 March 2015

Abstract

Moodle stands as an online tool that promotes enhanced learning in higher education. However, it often becomes a repository of contents instead of an interactive environment. In this paper we describe how this platform was used by university students and teachers in 104 courses and compare whether ICT-as core subject courses-use Moodle more effectively than non-ICT content related courses. A sample of 393 students answered a 20-item Likert-type questionnaire (OUS-Q) and three open questions. Descriptive statistical analyses, chi square comparisons and topical analysis were conducted. The results show that all courses include a large number of digital contents and activities. However, scores for ICT-courses were significantly higher in evaluation of assignments or video-learning. There were no noticeable differences in other factors. Qualitative data show 891 comments that were classified into five dimensions. In conclusion Moodle improved content management and interactivity but only ICT courses used it as a learning platform.

Key words: Teacher education, student teachers, university teaching.