Learning management system: Japanese student perceptions and expectations

Yoko Hirata and Yoshihiro Hirata
Hokkai-Gakuen University

Recently leaning management systems (LMS) have been widely used in Japanese tertiary institutions as tools to assist students to submit assignments and communicate with each other online. The system is also effective for the instructor in customizing materials, assessing student accomplishments, and recording their participation. Although the technical aspects and efficacy of LMS have been extensively discussed, little research has been conducted regarding how novice computer users perceive the use of this technology. This study examines Japanese undergraduate students’ perceptions of using LMS in different educational settings. In addition, it looks at the benefits and drawbacks of LMS for their language studies. Based on a year-long empirical data study of the students’ use of LMS in blended learning courses, their perceptions and expectations have been examined. The results suggest that the students’ perceived benefits and drawbacks with LMS are different depending on individual students’ ideas of and attitudes towards education.