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Title:Implementing e-Learning in a Vietnamese University: A Configurational Approach
Author(s):Dang, Tuan Cong; Foster, Jonathan
Subject(s):information systems
distributed learning
sustainable computing
Abstract:This paper reconstructs the process of implementing e-Learning within a Vietnamese University. A case study approach incorporating interviews with relevant stakeholders including managers, faculty, and students is described. A thematic network analysis (TNA) is presented that identifies and categorises the organizational, pedagogical, and technological factors impinging on the different phases of the implementation process. The main finding of the TNA analysis is that it is organizational factors, both positive e.g. local culture, and negative e.g. bureaucratic structure, lack of management commitment, and unavailability of technology, which were the most significant factors in influencing the sustainability of e-Learning at the departmental and College levels. A configurational analysis is then presented that explains how the interdependence a) between organizational factors and other factors e.g. technological, pedagogical and organizational factors, and b) between organizational factors and each phase of the implementation process contributed in this case to a sustainable outcome. In conclusion suggestions are given as to how the process of implementing e-Learning in university settings can be improved through the adoption of a configurational approach.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-24

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