Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
Lee Ann Townsend
School classrooms today are immersed with technology and learning management systems that provide teachers with tools to organize their classroom. However, many teachers do not know the capabilities of these LMS programs to differentiate instruction and tailor learning to meet the needs of every student in the classroom. This mixed methods study investigated the impact on student achievement of a Learning Management System called Schoology. The study also examined the Learning Management System’s ability to effectively differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners as a means to increase student achievement. Culminating assessment scores were compared from a prior unit without student completion requirements to a unit with 100% mastery student completion requirements. Additionally, participating students took part in a 10 question survey that asked them to share their opinion and experience with Schoology. Results suggest Schoology as an effective learning instrument for students in the classroom. Quantitatively, students are seeing higher assessment scores when given student completion requirements such as 100% mastery. Qualitatively, the survey shows students are recognizing the ability of Schoology to aid in their individual learning, allowing them to pace their own learning in the classroom.
Burgstrom, Laura, "The Impact of Student Completion Requirements Using an LMS (Learning Management System) on Student Achievement and Differentiated Instruction in The Classroom." (2017). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 721.