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Characteristics of First-Time Users of WebCT in a Basic Health Sciences PBL-Hybrid Curriculum PROCEEDINGS

, , , The University of the West Indies, Trinidad And Tobago

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Web-based environments offer rich learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes. The University of the West Indies, by investing in WebCT, has committed itself to using online technologies to support learning. The Faculty of Medical Sciences at St Augustine, Trinidad is introducing WebCT into the preclinical phase of its undergraduate programmes. This study tests whether WebCT usage correlates with approaches to studying, and whether WebCT users have more success in examinations than non-users. We conclude that frequency of use is not a good indicator of self-directed learning because there were no significant correlations between SDL scores and usage. However, by year-end, WebCT users scored significantly higher on the values of academic interest and prestige and better on examinations than non-users.

Citation

Wilson, J., De Lisle, J. & Wilson, B. (2005). Characteristics of First-Time Users of WebCT in a Basic Health Sciences PBL-Hybrid Curriculum. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4705-4710). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 14, 2017 from .

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