EFFECT OF VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS' PERFORMANCE. APPLIED MULTIVARIATE DATA ANALYSIS
The use of e-learning as a support tool in educational programs is becoming a growing trend. A large number of proprietary and open source e-learning platforms are available. However, these platforms are generally developed independently by different organizations and individuals, and different technologies are used in them. This article describes experience and results gathered during investigation in Faculty of Informatics University of Sinaloa in several courses in IT using Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). This paper focuses on measuring student performance using Moodle platform in order to discover their strengths and limitations. The results indicate that the students have positive perceptions about the VLE. There was a strong correlation between the main variables related, apart from student demographics and background information (e.g., gender, frequency computer use, frequency Moodle use, etc.): software used, interaction, time management and disposition. The full results of the research are presented in this article. This work also contributes in some way to an increase in the quality of education that is taught in institutions of higher education, providing knowledge on academic performance.