Investigating use of Moodle at a PBL University: Design Factors and Experiences

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This paper presents an empirical study and the resulting design choices from a problem-based learning (PBL) development project at Aalborg University (AAU) entitled "Learner-Centred Moodle Course Design: Design Factors, Differences in Perceptions and Best Practices." In relation to this study, the following research questions are explored: What characterises the current use of Moodle at AAU? How can teachers use Moodle to support PBL activities? The empirical investigation took place in 2018 and was comprised of a literature review; a survey of 345 students’ experiences of Moodle in conjunction with a nomination for the best Moodle course; an analysis of the 178 nominated courses; and interviews with four university teachers, about their use of Moodle. During the investigation, it was found that many existing activities at AAU focus more on sharing information and teaching materials and less on the students’ PBL activities and projects. This finding is intriguing, as PBL comprise the pedagogical foundation of AAU, but use of Moodle does not reflect this. The investigation found several reasons for the lack of PBL in Moodle, and explore them in full in the paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th European Conference on e-Learning
EditorsRikke Ørngreen, Mie Buhl, Bente Meyer
Place of PublicationReading, UK
PublisherAcademic Conferences and Publishing International
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-1-912764-42-6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912764-41-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event18th European Conference on E-learning (ECEL) - Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 7 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
Conference number: 18


Conference18th European Conference on E-learning (ECEL)
LocationAalborg University
Internet address


  • Moodle
  • Problem-based learning (PBL)
  • Higher Education
  • Review
  • Design


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