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Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 2, ECEL 2009 / Mar 2010  pp51‑208

Editor: Shirley Williams, Florin Salajan

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Evaluating the Impact of Distance Learning Support Systems on the Learning Experience of MBA Students in a Global Context  pp51‑62

Yongmei Bentley, Anjali Shegunshi, Mike Scannell

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The VLE as a Trojan Mouse: Policy, Politics and Pragmatism  pp63‑72

Mark Brown, Shelley Paewai, Gordon Suddaby

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Abstract

This paper argues that selecting a new Learning Management System (LMS) is a strategic decision about the future direction of your institution. However, the development of a robust methodology for the selection of a new LMS is particularly challenging given the fluidity of the elearning environment. This is especially so when both quantitative and qualitative factors are overlaid by institutional requirements involving political considerations. Selecting the technology is only part of the process and the least problematic aspect. The real challenges are embedded in institutional culture. The paper reflects on the tactics, strategies and approval process involved in the decision to adopt Moodle to replace a proprietary system for the delivery of learning in New Zealand's largest university‑level distance education provider. Critical to the process was the explication of guiding principles, pedagogical criteria and identification of institutional requirements, along with politically astute alliances and allegiances to inform and endorse the selection process. Those centrally involved in the decision process draw on their experiences and reflect on the type of questions that senior managers need to ask when considering new strategic initiatives in open and distance learning. 

 

Keywords: Moodle, learning management system, policy, leadership, institutional culture

 

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Exploring the Current Theoretical Background About Adoption Until Institutionalization of Online Education in Universities: Needs for Further Research  pp73‑84

Ines Casanovas

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Interventions for Second‑Order Change in Higher Education: Challenges and Barriers  pp85‑92

Sebastian Fiedler, Terje Väljataga

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The Lecture is Dead Long Live the e‑Lecture  pp93‑100

Duncan Folley

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A Framework for Supporting Postsecondary Learners with Psychiatric Disabilities in Online Environments  pp101‑110

Scott Grabinger

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Enhancing the Impact of Formative Feedback on Student Learning Through an Online Feedback System  pp111‑122

Thanos Hatziapostolou, Iraklis Paraskakis

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Wiki Tools in the Preparation and Support of e‑Learning Courses  pp123‑132

Antonin Jancarik, Katerina Jancarikova

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Building the Future Students' Blended Learning Experiences from Current Research Findings  pp133‑140

Amanda Jefferies, Ruth Hyde

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Multiple Criteria Evaluation of Quality and Optimisation of e‑Learning System Components  pp141‑150

Eugenijus Kurilovas, Valentina Dagiene

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How do Students Measure Service Quality in e‑Learning? A Case Study Regarding an Internet‑based University  pp151‑160

María Martínez-Argüelles, José Castán

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Collaborative Language Learning for Professional Adults  pp161‑172

Linda Joy Mesh

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The Role of Essay Tests Assessment in e‑Learning: A Japanese Case Study  pp173‑178

Minoru Nakayama, Hiroh Yamamoto

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Experiences Obtained with Integration of Student Response Systems for iPod Touch and iPhone into e‑Learning Environments  pp179‑190

John Stav, Kjetil Nielsen, Gabrielle Hansen-Nygård, Trond Thorseth

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Emergence Of The Most Knowledgeable Other (MKO): Social Network Analysis Of Chat And Bulletin Board Conversations In A CSCL System  pp191‑208

Sundararajan

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