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Evaluation of Data Processing Productivity for a Distance Learning Lato Sensu Graduate Course provided by UNASUS/UFMA using the Monitoring System (MonSyns)

Márcia M P Rendeiro 1, Paulo Roberto Volpato Dias 2, Ana Emilia Figueiredo de Oliveira 3 and Rômulo Martins França 3
1. Universidade do Estado Rio de Janeiro/Departamento de Odontologia Preventiva e Comunitária/ Rio de Janeiro/Brasil
2. Universidade do Estado Rio de Janeiro/Vice-Reitoria/ Rio de Janeiro/Brasil
3. Universidade Federal do Maranhão/ UNASUS/São Luis - MA/Brasil
Abstract—Distance Learning Courses are supported by technological tools that compensate for certain limitations, such as distance itself, temporality and emotional issues, among others. Distance Learning Courses must provide adequate Virtual Learning Environments in order for the students to have access to proper support during their learning process. The work can be justified as the monitoring teams need to process the course information stored via Moodle. Although the information is located in a single data bank, data recovery for students and tutors’ monitoring is difficult. The research objective is to evaluate productivity on students’ information processing on Moodle under the surveillance of the Monitoring Supervision Board of UNASUS/UFMA - Federal University of Maranhão. This evaluation is undertaken for a distance learning health-related graduate course using the Monitoring System (MonSys)of tutors and students. As a form of evaluation, the time spent by the UNASUS/UFMA monitoring team technician in order toprocess information through MonSys was compared to the time spent to recover information from MonSys. The Monitoring System brings out the opportunity to monitor students and tutorsin Moodle - Virtual Learning Environment in a quick, online way requiring less efforts from the monitoring team to generate useful information aiming at a greater course control and its satisfactory progress. According to the results, the reduction of the time spent by the monitoring teamand a consequentlybetter supervision of students and tutors’ access and performance in postgraduate studies were significant to the demands of UNASUS/UFMA

Index Terms—Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, Monitoring

Cite: Márcia M P Rendeiro, Paulo Roberto Volpato Dias, Ana Emilia Figueiredo de Oliveira and Rômulo Martins França , "Evaluation of Data Processing Productivity for a Distance Learning Lato Sensu Graduate Course provided by UNASUS/UFMA using the Monitoring System (MonSyns)," Lecture Notes on Information Theory, Vol.1, No.1, pp. 44-47, March 2013. doi: 10.12720/lnit.1.1.44-47
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