Title: An assessment of the effectiveness of Moodle e-learning system for undergraduate public administration education

Authors: Lan Umek; Damijana Keržič; Aleksander Aristovnik; Nina Tomaževič

Addresses: Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Gosarjevaulica 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia ' Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Gosarjevaulica 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia ' Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Gosarjevaulica 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia ' Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Gosarjevaulica 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Abstract: The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and therefore e-learning is becoming an ever more frequently used teaching and learning technique at all levels of education. The purpose of the paper is to analyse how introduction of Moodle e-learning platform as part of the teaching process is related with students' performance, i.e., the average grade and the average number of admissions to the exams. We also examined the same relationship among different groups of students (based on selected individual socio-demographic factors). The study included a member of the University of Ljubljana (Faculty of Public Administration) in the period from 2008 till 2014. The results of the analysis (using a t-test) show a significant improvement in performance at the different (faculty-, student- and course-) levels after introducing the Moodle. The data show that the greatest improvement is seen among students with lower high school grades.

Keywords: e-learning; Moodle; electronic learning; online learning; blended learning; student performance; average grades; average admissions; higher education; public administration; undergraduates; high school grades.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2017.081939

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2017 Vol.21 No.2, pp.165 - 177

Received: 12 Jun 2015
Accepted: 07 Sep 2015

Published online: 11 Jan 2017 *

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