Learners' Satisfaction, Learning Style Preferences and Effective Use of an OLE

Thushani Alwis Weerasinghe, Robert Ramberg, Kamalanath Priyantha Hewagamage

Abstract


This paper presents the results of an empirical study conducted with a set of students using an online learning environment (OLE) to follow a distance education program. The aim of the study was to find whether students could perform well in examinations using only the Learning Management System (LMS), whether they could use it in an efficient way and whether there was a relationship between students? learning styles, number of LMS hits and learning achievements. The students were given access to a specially designed course section. The students? learning achievements were evaluated in two tests at different intervals. The study data were gathered using questionnaires and LMS statistics. We found that once the students got acquainted with the environment they could use the LMS more efficiently and managed to get high scores by only using the LMS. Results associated with the learning style preferences imply that we have designed the learning content and the environment to satisfy and support the learners with different learning style preferences.

Keywords


Distance Education, Online Learning Environment (OLE), Learning Management System (LMS), Learning Styles

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International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning. ISSN: 1863-0383
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