Presenting Reading List Online Research in IADIS eLearning Conference 2013



The full paper can be viewed here

Our paper: “Using a techno-scepticism framework to evaluate the perception and acceptance of a new online reading list” has been accepted as a full paper for the IADIS eLearning Conference. This paper builds on the data we collected as part of the Reading List Online Evaluation led by the Library Services.

Our abstract is as follows:

There has been an exponential growth of e-learning in the UK Higher Education. However, there is a growing opinion that e-learning practitioners are not critical enough and that they should adopt a more techno-negative or techno-scepticism approach when implementing new e-learning tools.

In this paper we use a techno-scepticism framework to assess the evaluation of a newly implemented online reading list at our UK Higher Education Institution.  In particular, we look at the ‘The Myths about E-Learning in Higher Education’ proposed by Njenga and Fourie (2010).

We present qualitative and quantitative evaluation data collected from the focus groups which shows that the students have a very positive perception of this newly implemented online reading list and believe that it will improve their academic experience. Furthermore, as the student focus groups also produced rich data which deal with the students’ experience of e-learning in general, five of the myths of e-learning that relates to the student experience are used to framework these discussions. 

The full paper can be viewed here


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Ajmal is the research assistant to the Learning Development Centre. He joined the LDC in 2009 after completing a BSc in Psychology. Currently, Ajmal is assisting on a range of research projects both on learning technologies and academic practices. Ajmal is also involved in a number of developmental projects to support staff in the use of Social media for academic and research purposes. His immediate focus is on: a study of City University Londons' new online system named 'Reading List Online'; evaluation of City University's new Learning Spaces, and an investigation into how the MA in Academic Practice impact students. In addition, Ajmal successfully completed his Masters in Social Research Methods & Statistics, which he studied with the School of Arts & Social Sciences at City University London. You can find more about Ajmal by following him on Twitter (@ajmalsultany) and by keeping up to date with his blog posts.


4 Responses

  1. Matt Lingard

    May 22, 2013 2:16 pm

    Firstly, congrats 🙂

    Secondly, is the paper or are the findings available? It would be very useful to have student view as we encourage staff to use ROL this summer….



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