As part of a larger research programme on support of students in distance education, we have begun studying the use of online course pages to enrich student learning at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.There is a general move toward blended learning, and as a result tutors are expanding their course webpages. How effective is this expansion in supporting students? We studied the development of an introductory psychology course webpage over three semesters and at the same time charted student use of the page. We found a marked general increase in both viewers and posters as the webpage developed. We then analyzed student use of some of the specific components of the page. Future directions include expanding the page to incorporate student feedback and analyzing the differences between students who post and students who only view the resources.
Peters, H. L., & Weaver, N. E. (2008). Using the web to enrich student learning. In Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.