BARRIERS TO THE UTILIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE
1 University of Borås (SWEDEN)
2 Librarian (SWEDEN)
3 Universidade Alto Vale do Rio do Peixe (BRAZIL)
About this paper:
Conference name: 15th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 7-9 November, 2022
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Quantitative data about the use of various tools in the Learning Management System (LMS) in the year 2004, the academic year 2009-2010 and 2018 at a small Swedish university confirm the notion that increased use of educational software usually does not lead to a wider use of collaborative pedagogical methods. This paper aims to explain why lecturers predominantly use LMS to distribute documents to students, rather than to facilitate collaborative learning and interaction. A survey of lecturers and students’ perceptions collected in the spring of 2019 with an online questionnaire provided additional qualitative data.
The authors discuss the situation with restrictions due to the Corona pandemic and a change of LMS in the years 2019-2022 as a problem to both the education process and the collection of data, but also as an opportunity to accelerate the implementation of on-line digital methods. It remains to be seen if the increased use of off-campus methods in 2020 to 2022 will be persistent over time.
In their conclusions the authors assert that a wider use of the tools for interaction depends on pedagogical practices built on social constructivist, learner centered theories of learning. They suggest that if higher education is only justified by the impact on economic growth, creation of new jobs and new products rather than as a means for personal growth and development, it works as a barrier to the use of pedagogical methods intended to elicit student activity and promote the creation of learner communities and shared perspectives.
Keywords: e-learning, Learning Management systems, Engineering Education, Higher Education, Educational Software.