Courseware Management Tools and Customised Web Pages: Rationale, Comparisons and Evaluation
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AbstractIn the rush towards web-based learning, courseware management tools are being promotedas a means of simplifying the creation and management of instructional websites. This paper examinessuch claims in the light of a unit in Project Management for Interactive Multimedia at Edith CowanUniversity. The unit was delivered in two incarnations; the first was using the tool WebCT, and in thefollowing semester the course was delivered through a website designed specifically for the unit, bymaking use of ancillary tools which were custom designed or available as third party products. Thetwo implementations are compared in terms of ease of use for student and course designer, and thepotential of each approach to support specific learning strategies. Given the scope of delivering a unitsuch as this, the authors found that using a customised web approach was more efficient than using acourseware management tool such as WebCT. It is recommended that consideration be given to thenature of the learning environment based upon the proposed learning strategy and pragmatic issues ofimplementation before the selection of a delivery approach.