EFFECT OF USING MOODLE AS LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ON DEVELOPING STUDY SKILLS OF STUDENT TEACHERS
University of Bahrain (BAHRAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN13 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The objective of this study is to draw a comparison between traditional teaching method and electronic teaching method and also to try to exploit to the full the advantages that e-learning offers. The primary focus of this study is to find out whether electronic online e-programs significantly help student teachers to develop their study skills. A pilot study was conducted at Bahrain teacher college (foundation year student teachers ) on two physical science classes to test and exploit the usefulness of a web site that the researcher created and uploaded onto a platform or a learning management system ( moodle). The researcher’s pilot website is perceived to be especially helpful in providing access to online science materials anywhere and anytime with online help and course-mates via online chats, discussion room, and electronic mails. The first section of the classroom (the control group) was taught traditionally using in-class instruction and the researcher’s used textbook and screen/LCD projector from time to time, while the second one (the experimental group) was taught with the same content as the textbook materials but in electronic format utilizing the researcher’s e-learning platform and the interactive website in a blended environment. The online e-course effectiveness was based on quantitative analyses of the pre and post course scores. Both groups were pre and post tested using the same testing tool. Students study skills sheets were gathered based on qualitative analyses using pre-post questioners that explore the study skills of students. The results of both, the qualitative and the quantitative studies, showed that students interacting through the virtual learning environment Moodle performed better and scored higher than students in the traditional classroom. The results proved the researcher's main hypothesis.
Keywords: Moodle, study skills.