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The benefits of learning platforms: the students’ perspective

Recent research of 1,000 students in England reveals what students think of itslearning – and how they like to use it.

About Albin Wallace
With 30 years of experience in the field of ICT and education in Australia and the UK, Albin holds a firm belief that teachers are the key to achieving sustained ecological change in schools. Since May 2003, he has been Group ICT and e-Learning Director for the United Church Schools Trust and the United Learning Trust, one of the most diverse and success school groups in the UK. A Fellow of the RSA, British Computer Society, the Institute for IT Training, NAACE and the Institute of Directors, Albin has spoken at a number of international conferences on education and ICT.

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The United Church Schools Trust is one of the most diverse education groups in England, both in terms of geography and student demographic. The group has been using itslearning since 2007 to help teachers create and share resources, and to bring engaging digital exercises to the classroom.

In 2011, Albin Wallace, Group Director of ICT and e-learning, conducted a survey of 1,000 secondary school students (using itslearning, of course) to find out exactly what they students think of the online learning platform. The survey garnered some interesting results.

What do students use a learning platform for?

For example, the vast majority of students said the platform was most useful for receiving, completing, submitting and getting quick feedback on homework – while organising learning resources, communicating with teachers, and taking surveys and polls were also popular.

When and where do students use a learning platform?

The survey also revealed that most students (85%) mainly use the platform at school – according to Albin, this number may be high because many of the schools in the UCST give students access to IT suites after school hours – and most students (45%) use the platform once a week, while only 1 in 5 use it every day.

Enjoyable and easy

When asked how much they enjoy using itslearning, just over 70% of students gave a positive reply, which is a very good response considering that most students use it primarily to complete homework. And students seem to have little difficulty using the online learning platform. 9 out of 10 students found the platform quite easy or very easy to use – and ease of use was listed among the things students like best about itslearning.

Want to know more?

Albin gave a free webinar on his results for itslearning. You can see the entire thing, with all the results, here.

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