Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Major

Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication

First Advisor

Charles Kostelnick

Abstract

Framed by the larger questions of digital representation and course management systems, I examine how instructors perceive customized student profile on course management systems. For this exploratory study, I have surveyed 41 instructors and interviewed 9 instructors of English 150 and 250 in the English Department to examine how these instructors use both CMS and student profiles inside and outside of the classroom at Iowa State University.

This study has found that instructors use their course management systems in various online ways: as online syllabi, as workshops for their students, as homework hubs, and as an extension of the classroom. Five main themes from this study include course management systems as a space, course management systems as a resource, boundaries between the physical and online classrooms, online identities through user profiles, and course management systems versus social media.

Copyright Owner

Sara C. Doan

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

79 pages