E-learning use in higher education: The impact of organisational factors
2007 (English)In: 6TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON E-LEARNING: / [ed] Remenyi, D, Academic Conferences Limited, 2007, 359-367 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This study recognizes the impact of organisational differences for e-learning use in education. We examined e-learning at Jonkoping University in Sweden and conducted a comparative analysis of its four schools. Our interest has been to study how organisational differences influenced teachers' perceptions of driving factors, barriers and strategies related to e-learning. We distributed a questionnaire to all teaching staff and it was answered by 159 teachers. The driving factors of using e-learning were found to be primarily administrative gains, and not so much improvement of the pedagogical value of courses. However, it was clear that there were major differences between the four schools. Some schools were more focused on simplifying administrative processes and efficiency while others emphasized attracting distance learners. The two major barriers to e-learning were lack of time and lack of knowledge about technology. Some teachers felt these barriers were high while teachers who believe that strategies for e-learning are in place do not. Drawing on the findings, we introduced the concepts of efficient e-learning management and learner-centred e-learning management to describe two very different ways of organising for e-learning. The paper is concluded by the provision of tentative explanations of the differences in perceptions of driving factors, barriers and strategies between the four schools.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academic Conferences Limited, 2007. 359-367 p.
e-learning, higher education, driving factors, barriers, strategy
Computer and Information Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-58066ISI: 000253556300039ISBN: 978-1-905305-56-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-58066DiVA: diva2:472981
6th European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL 2007) Location: Copenhagen Business Sch, Copenhagen, DENMARK Date: OCT 04-05, 2007
QC 201201102012-01-042012-01-042012-01-10Bibliographically approved