How use of learning management system mediates the relationships between learner interactions and learner outcomes
The purpose of this study is to explore how the frequent use of learning management systems (LMS) mediates the relationship between three types of learner interactions and student outcomes.
Previous research suggests that learners' interaction with class contents, the instructor and other learners is essential in education.
The participants of this study consisted of 362 undergraduate students from a South Korean University who were taking online classes as part of their degree. The study was an exploratory survey that collected information on students use of LMS, their interactions and student outcomes.
This study contributes to the field of online learner interactions by suggesting that importance of some forms of interaction may by be overestimated.
This research found that learner interactions with contents, their instructor and other learners had positive effects on learning outcomes. However, some of the positive effects of these interactions were reduced when considering the effect of higher levels of LMS use.
This information will enable educators to identify, measure, and evaluate their online courses and consider how to integrate LMS use effectively.
Results imply that focus may need to be on where the application of LMS is most valuable.
Impact on Society
Learner to learner interaction through social networking platforms may be more beneficial in socially constructing knowledge than formalising interaction through LMS.
Future research into the pedagogical advantages from social networking sites might be useful and how these potential benefits could be incorporated by LMS designers in the development of LMS social features.