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External factors associated with adopting a CMS in resident college courses

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Internet and Higher Education Volume 9, Number 3, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Course management systems (CMSs) have become a common resource for resident courses at colleges and universities. Researchers have analyzed which CMS features faculty members use most primarily by asking them which features are used. The study described builds on previous research by counting the number of CMS features a faculty member used and by analyzing how three external factors are related to the use of CMS features. The external factors are (a) the college in which a course was offered, (b) class size, and (c) the level of a class—such as 100 or 200. The only external factor showing a statistically significant relationship to the use of CMS features was the college in which a course was offered. Another finding was that CMSs are primarily used to transmit information to students. Implications are described for using external factors to increase effective use of more complex CMS features.


Malikowski, S.R., Thompson, M.E. & Theis, J.G. (2006). External factors associated with adopting a CMS in resident college courses. Internet and Higher Education, 9(3), 163-174. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved July 16, 2019 from .

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