Overcoming Barriers to Instructor Adoption of a Learning Management System: The Case of Regent University College in Ghana

Overcoming Barriers to Instructor Adoption of a Learning Management System: The Case of Regent University College in Ghana

Stephen Asunka (Regent University College of Science & Technology & Accra, Ghana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3676-7.ch014

Abstract

Following a realization that a Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) deployed by a University in Ghana remained largely unused by instructors, the university’s management intervened. The university wishes to expand access to its educational resources through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Since instructors play a pivotal role in this direction, all instructors were trained, motivated, and appropriately resourced to enable them to use the LMS effectively to deliver courses. Five years down the line, however, most instructors are still ambivalent towards using the LMS software. This chapter discusses the case extensively and concludes by suggesting that one approach that might help solve the problem will be to engage all instructors in participatory activities aimed at collectively identifying and addressing the issues and challenges.
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In line with Regent University's desire to provide quality and affordable higher education to a broader section of the Ghanaian population including working adults, and given the fact that all the requisite technology resources were in place, the university took a further step of introducing online (distance) learning. With this mode of learning, students need not be physically present on campus, but could participate in learning activities with the aid of ICTs. As a student-centered approach, online learning gives students flexibility and choice over what, when, where and how they learn.

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