Students on laptops.

This work includes, but is not limited to, understanding the basic perceptual processes of learning and the translation of that knowledge into applied practice to improve learning and the experience of students on our campus.

If you would like to discuss or become involved in a project related to the science of teaching and learning please contact the Research, Evaluation and Innovation team.

Science of Teaching and Learning Current projects

Use and perceptions of learning management systems

Approximately 2,034,957 Canadians were enrolled in courses at postsecondary institutions in 2015/2016 (Statistics Canada, 2017), and an estimated 610,487 (30%) are completing online courses in any given year (Bates, 2015). This project aims to examine students’ visual perceptions of the learning management systems they use and how it influences their learning experiences. Findings will contribute to our knowledge of LMS interface design.

This study is being conducted by B. M. Stoesz and M. Niknam.


Effects of visual complexity of online learning environments on learners

Delivering courses online can be effective but learning via learning management systems (LMS) may be attenuated by poor visual design. This project aims to determine if existing models of complexity for webpages can be extended to LMS and explore how individual differences influence ratings of complexity. Findings will inform the development of online learning environments.

This study is being conducted by B. M. Stoesz and M. Niknam.

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University of Manitoba
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