Blackboard or Epic? Student Ratings of an Online Statistics Class Using Different Learning Management Systems
Tuesday, June 25 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
Recently, a university sought the assistance of a private company to provide an LMS and produce courses that had a uniform structure and appearance. This study utilized end-of-course evaluations to compare student opinions of the course composition when taught using two different learning management systems, one (Epic) produced by the private company and the other produced by the instructor on Blackboard. Analysis of the data revealed that students using the Blackboard platform gave higher mean ratings to 25 of 26 survey items and that 19 of the 25 were significantly higher. Identification of factors that led to these differences could lead to the development of more effective online instruction.