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Introduction of Moodle in Open University of Sri Lanka

The empirical study on impact on Introduction of Moodle to the traditional face to face discussions to OUSL-Sri Lanka

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Introduction of Moodle in Open University of Sri Lanka

  1. 1. Introduction of Moodle in Open University of Sri Lanka Nalin Abeysekera Open University of Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
  2. 2. Sri Lanka Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is an island nation in South Asia, located about 31 kilometers (19.3 mi) off the southern coast of India. Popularly referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean , it is home to around twenty million people
  3. 3. Literacy Rate and Computer Literacy Rate <ul><li>With a literacy rate of 92%, and 83% of the total population having had Secondary Education, Sri Lanka has one of the most literate populations amongst developing nations. An education system which dictates 9 years of Compulsory Schooling for every child is in place, with 99% of the children entering the first grade. </li></ul><ul><li>But at national level, 16 percent of the above population is computer literate. The highest computer literacy rate of 25 percent was reported from the Colombo district The Monaragala district reported the lowest computer literacy rate of 4 percent. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Open University of Sri Lanka <ul><li>The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is unique within the national university system in being the only University to offer programmes of study leading to certificate, diploma, degree, postgraduate diploma and postgraduate degree through the Distance Mode. The University was set up by the Government of Sri Lanka under the Universities Act No. 16 of 1978, for the purpose of providing higher educational opportunities to working adults </li></ul>
  5. 5. Open University of Sri Lanka <ul><li>OUSL has central campus at Nawala and the 28 study centers scattered across Sri Lanka.  </li></ul><ul><li>27,000 OUSL students island wide. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Online learning <ul><li>Introduced one fully online course and 33 supplementary courses from the Faculties of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Humanities are now being accessed by 3289 students online. </li></ul><ul><li>The students of the OUSL will be able to access their online courses from National Online Distance Education access centers or NACs that have been set up in ten OUSL regional and study centers under the ADB funded Distance Education Modernization Project (DEMP). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Online learning and Moodle Moodle is a free software e-learning platform (also known as a Course Management System (CMS), or Learning Management Systems (LMS), or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) . It has a significant user base with 49,256 registered sites with 28,177,443 users in 2,571,855 courses (as of February, 2009) OUSL using Moodle as its e-learning flat form (Learning Management System)
  8. 8. Research Problem <ul><li>How the Introduction of Moodle impact on students who are in the traditional learning system? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Methodology <ul><li>Random Sampling method been Used </li></ul><ul><li>Structured Questionnaire distributed through 50 students </li></ul>
  10. 10. Findings… <ul><li>Most of the students like Moodle because of easy understanding of the interface </li></ul><ul><li>In the orientation it has found that students prefer to introduce themselves in the introduction as a ice breaker-They like to see others profile and their introductions as well </li></ul>
  11. 11. Findings… <ul><li>Students like forums because they can discuss subject matters. Sometimes there are some constructive arguments in the subject areas like Marketing </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Some students prefer forums for their social networking. Especially once cricket is playing (cricket is the game which is highly popular in Sri Lanka. Marvan Attapattu the former Sri Lanka captain and opening batsman, has been hired by Cricket Canada as their batting coach till April 19,2009 )they are always putting their comment on the game, next player, batsman etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Some have problem using dial-up connections at home-Some students using dial up connections at home for them there are some problems like uploading assignments, speed etc </li></ul>
  14. 14. Findings… <ul><li>But Students feel Uploading assignments as more convenient than post or to handover to the University. Specially students in the regional centers. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can contact their coordinator at any time at any place… Even for counseling </li></ul>
  15. 15. Findings… <ul><li>Students who are doing their studies in post graduate level prefer this method than other students.(This might be because of their working schedules etc) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Findings…cont….. <ul><li>But students identified this method as a complement not a substitute to traditional face to face learning </li></ul>
  17. 17. Problems <ul><li>Resources-Computers as well as experts in the field, </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure, </li></ul><ul><li>No proper training on Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Low awareness level of e-Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Speed-dial up connections </li></ul>
  18. 18. Recommendations <ul><li>Increase awareness on Moodle among public (with the help of MOODLEMOOT?) </li></ul><ul><li>Proper Training and Development of instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous research on online learning </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thank You.. Any Problems…..?????