Title: Japanese learners' point of view on learning management system

Authors: Yoko Hirata; Yoshihiro Hirata

Addresses: Faculty of Engineering, Hokkai-Gakuen University, 4 Chome Asahimachi, Toyohira, Sapporo, 0628605, Japan ' Faculty of Engineering, Hokkai-Gakuen University, S26W11, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 0640926, Japan

Abstract: This study examines Japanese students' views on LMS in different educational settings. Based on a year-long empirical data and the study of their use of LMS, this study examines how students perceive the use of LMS in instructor-directed and non-instructor-directed educational contexts. Although this study was exploratory and was conducted upon only 48 students, the LMS may not serve as an alternative instructor and therefore new methodologies for diverse users of LMS should be developed. In order to encourage students to make the maximum use of LMSs, the focus should be on shifting from traditional teacher-centred classrooms to learner-oriented environments. It is important to develop approaches which give more control to students based on their own individual learning preferences and needs. This study created an opportunity for those who are involved with e-learning, to ensure how to instruct students in LMS.

Keywords: learning management systems; LMS; language study; learner perceptions; Japan; learner-oriented environments; learning preferences; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; language learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSS.2015.072452

International Journal of Services and Standards, 2015 Vol.10 No.4, pp.211 - 224

Received: 28 Feb 2015
Accepted: 02 Jun 2015

Published online: 13 Oct 2015 *

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