Learners’ Perceptions on the Structure and Usefulness of e-Resources for the Thesis Courses

Naghmeh Aghaee [nam@dsv.su.se], Henrik Hansson [henrik.hansson@dsv.su.se], Matti Tedre [matti.tedre@acm.org], Ulrika Drougge [drougge@dsv.su.se], Department of Computer & Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, Forum 100, 164 40 Kista, Sweden [http://dsv.su.se]

English Abstract

Nowadays, utility of information and communication technology (ICT) in education is a way to facilitate interaction and accessing information for learning in higher education. However, finding a set of structured e-resources to facilitate learning within specific courses is still a big challenge in most of the institutions and universities. This includes the problems and challenges for the thesis courses in both undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate (Master) level in Sweden. To overcome or reduce the problems and enhance quality of outcomes in the thesis courses, the department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University has developed a Learning Support System, SciPro (Scientific Process), to support thesis process. This study aims at investigating learners’ perspectives on usefulness of structured e-resources in order to reduce challenges for finding information related to the thesis steps in SciPro. This is done based on an open online survey, carried out in 2012-2013 of students’ perspectives at DSV. The study found the actual problems and hence suggested a model as a way forward to sort the useful e-resources to support reducing the problems in the thesis process.

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e-learning, distance learning, distance education, online learning, higher education, DE, blended learning, MOOCs, ICT, information and communication technology, collaborative learning, internet, learning management system, LMS, interaction,

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