TITLE

Student attitudes towards and use of webnotes

AUTHOR(S)
Sambrook, Sally; Rowley, Jennifer
PUB. DATE
May 2010
SOURCE
International Journal of Management Education (Oxford Brookes Un;2010, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on a small, exploratory study into students' attitudes towards, and use of, "webnotes": lecture notes on a virtual learning environment (VLE). It also explores students' view on the relationship between the availability of webnotes and lecture attendance. Following a review of the literature, a questionnaire-based survey was delivered to 162 undergraduate and master's students. The survey sought to explore students' attitudes towards lectures and webnotes, and to develop an understanding of how students use webnotes. Findings confirmed the importance of lectures and webnotes to student learning, and offer a range of insights into perceived benefits of webnotes to learning, student use of webnotes, and the relationship between webnote availability and lecture attendance. Drawing on students' rich comments, we make modest recommendations for both student and staff development. We recommend the development of students' skills in note-taking and the use of student representatives to champion the added value of attending lectures. We also recommend the development of staff skills to enhance the design and use of webnotes, and ensure that the actual delivery of lectures adds value to the webnotes. Suggestions for further research are offered.
ACCESSION #
48415782

 

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