Attitudes of Faculty Members and Students towards the Use of the Learning Management System in Teaching and Learning

 

ABSTRACT

This study aimed to identify the attitudes of university faculty members and students towards the use of the Learning Management System (LMS) in teaching and learning. The descriptive analytical approach was used, and the data were collected using two different tools constructed by the researchers. The first is related to the attitudes of faculty members towards the use of the Learning Management System in teaching, and the other is linked to the students' attitudes towards using the Learning Management System in learning. The sample included 95 university faculty members and 307 students. Calculation Means, standard deviations and ANOVA were calculated. The study revealed that the attitudes of university faculty members and students towards using the Learning Management System in teaching and learning were positive. The results showed statistically significant differences in the attitudes of university faculty members due to gender and in favor of the males. The results did not show significant statistical differences due to the faculty membersí experience and the academic track. The results also indicated that there were no statistically significant differences in studentsí attitudes towards using the Learning Management System in learning due to their gender. Nonetheless, the results indicated that there were statistically significant differences in studentsí attitudes due to the academic year and for the first-year students. The positive attitudes were decreasing as the years gradually progressed. The results also evidenced differences of statistical significance in studentsí attitudes towards the Learning Management System attributed to the academic track and for the benefit of applied and humanities studies and then the medical track and finally the engineering track. In the light of these findings, the researchers recommended intensive training of university faculty members and students in the employment of the Learning Management System in an optimal way to increase its effectiveness in teaching and learning. They also pressed the need for conducting further studies on the impediments facing the parties in the use of the Learning Management System and revealing the ways to solve them.