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Use of a learning management system at a CAM educational institution: Student and faculty perceptions and experiences

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS (Ayu), MAOM, Ph.D, Research, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
Kevin Rose, DC, MPH, Office of Academic Affairs, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
Mike Rocke, Southern California of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
A growing number of educational institutions have implemented web-based leaning management systems (LMS) to help improve the quality of education. LMS have been found to be of immense importance to students and faculty. The purpose of this paper is to describe the use and satisfaction with a LMS system among students and faculty at a CAM educational institution. A survey was conducted among faculty and second-year students in the DC and AOM colleges of a CAM educational institution. The survey included demographic data, experience in using LMS at previous institutions, technical expertise, current use of the LMS, satisfaction with its different components and the perception of its usefulness in the success of the educational programs. The results suggest that students and faculty are regular users of the LMS and agree that it plays an important role in the educational program. Students reported that they benefited from having all their course materials available at one location and the ability to access this from any device connected to the Internet. They also thought that being able to track their progress in their courses was beneficial. Faculty benefitted from the availability of automatic grading, easy distribution of announcements and coursework and being able to track the progress of individual students. The results of this study will be used to improve features of the LMS. Future studies will seek to determine if student learning outcomes are being enhanced by the use of the LMS.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Explain the benefit of a LMS at a CAM educational institution Describe the most useful components of a LMS for students and faculty Assess satisfaction of students and faculty using a LMS

Keyword(s): Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have done the substantial contributions to conception, design and interpretation of data I have a master’s degree from complementary and alternative medicine. I have worked in the CAM educational field for more than 10 years I have worked in previous research projects relating to health education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.