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dc.contributor.authorMissula, Sarojaen_NZ
dc.date.accessioned2010-03-04T21:26:10Z
dc.date.available2010-03-04T21:26:10Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10652/1277
dc.description.abstractThe globalised economy and advanced web technologies are the key drivers for the growth of demand for flexible learning. To cope with the increased demand, educational institutions are continuing to explore the potential of e-learning technologies to enable changes in teaching and learning methodologies. Tertiary education providers are making huge financial investments on e-learning development. Such providers also continuously assess whether e-learning technologies are utilised to their full potential and if the providers’ efforts are achieving the expected return on the investment. Specifically these assessments aim to measure the level of effectiveness, ease of usage, flexibility, extent of utilisation and faculty perceptions of learning management systems. This study aims at understanding the perceptions of staff at Unitec who have been using a software application called Blackboard that provides an online instructional environment. The study analysed the adoption of e-Learning in tertiary education and the extent of utilisation of Blackboard as a Learning Management System (LMS) by the instructors. This research study investigated the factors that influence staff perceptions while using Blackboard in the online teaching environment. The study identified three relevant key variables namely Perceived Ease of Use, Perceived Usefulness and Staff’s Computer Background from the widely used Technology Acceptance Models drawn from the literature review. The research followed a Mixed Method Design where the results of qualitative data are further explored using quantitative survey to ascertain the identified results. Results from this study determined the level of usefulness is related and influences how often staff use Blackboard and how effectively instructors use the course tools on Blackboard. The perceived Ease of Use is not dependent on staff’s usage of Blackboard. Staff training has an impact for better utilization of the Blackboard features. However, the study revealed IT experience of staff has no considerable impact on usage and utility of Blackboard.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen_NZen_NZ
dc.subjectstaff perceptionsen_NZ
dc.subjectBlackboarden_NZ
dc.subjectelearningen_NZ
dc.subjectperceived ease of useen_NZ
dc.subjectperceived usefulnessen_NZ
dc.titleStaff perceptions of Blackboard as an online teaching tool in tertiary educationen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Dissertationen_NZ
dc.rights.holderSaroja Missulaen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Computingen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_NZ
thesis.degree.disciplineSchool of Computing and Information Technologyen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsdenInformation, Computing and Communication Sciences (280000)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationMissula, S. (2008). Staff perceptions of Blackboard as an online teaching tool in tertiary education. Unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Computing, Unitec New Zealand, New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.pages115en_NZ
unitec.supervisorMuller, Logan|Unitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.supervisorManford, Chris|Unitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec New Zealanden_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalMuller, Logan
unitec.advisor.associatedManford, Chris


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