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Internet in education; Instructional systems--Evaluation; Educational technology;


The utilization of commercial, open source, and institution designed learning management systems are increasing in higher education. Universities are competing with each other to find qualified applicants or increase enrollment. Many higher education institutions are evaluating their return on investment for educational technologies, white public institutions are facing the reality of shifting funding sources from state support to self-sufficiency. The purpose of this study is to determine if the use of a learning management system (LMS) in an online classroom supporting either a full-web or blended course affects student satisfaction with the learning experience. Additional areas examined include whether students prefer LMS use, if LMS use improves communication within a course, and if there is a significant difference in the satisfaction level between students in a blended course and students in a full-web distance learning course. This article presents findings from an institutional survey designed to solicit information from students to enable a better understanding of their experience with using a centrally-supported learning management system.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Mary Corwin Herring


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