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Educational Technology & Society

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 1, January

A Collaborative Virtual Environment for Situated Language Learning Using VEC3D
ABSTRACT A 3D virtually synchronous communication architecture for situated language learning has been designed to foster communicative competence among undergraduate students who have studied English as a foreign language (EFL). We present an innovative...
A Genre-Based Perspective for the Development of Communicative Computerized Adaptive Tests
ABSTRACT This paper discusses the communicative potentials of Computerized Adaptive Testing. The study is based on a model that offers a set of independent communicative concepts to describe the Genre of an interactive application. This model will...
Analysis of Elementary School Web Sites
ABSTRACT While researchers have studied the use and value of educational software for many years, study of school Web sites and/or their effectiveness is limited. In this investigation, we identified goals and functions of school Web sites and used...
Analysis of Problem-Solving-Based Online Asynchronous Discussion Pattern
ABSTRACT This research explores the process of asynchronous problem-solving-based discussion activities and aims to understand limitations likely to arise during learners' problem-solving discussions. The research has combined lag-sequential analysis...
An Enhanced Genetic Approach to Composing Cooperative Learning Groups for Multiple Grouping Criteria
ABSTRACT Cooperative learning is known to be an effective educational strategy in enhancing the learning performance of students. The goal of a cooperative learning group is to maximize all members' learning efficacy. This is accomplished via promoting...
Assessing Academic Performance between Traditional and Distance Education Course Formats
ABSTRACT The goal of this study was to explore whether differences in student academic indicators exist between taking a course face-to-face (F2F) and taking a course via distance education (DE). Three hundred and eighty five students were enrolled...
A Study of Student's Perceptions in a Blended Learning Environment Based on Different Learning Styles
ABSTRACT The rapid growth in the use of learning technologies, particularly the use of the web based technologies and communications have offered educators with many more opportunities to investigate the most suitable learning environments for their...
A Study of the Feasibility of Network Tutorial System in Taiwan
ABSTRACT The reasons that the current tutorial system (CTS) does not produce significant effects include the budgets and policies of schools, the greater independence of students, and the infrequent interaction of tutors with students. To reduce...
Communication Behaviors and Trust in Collaborative Online Teams
ABSTRACT This study investigates preservice teachers' trust levels and collaborative communication behaviors namely leadership, feedback, social interaction, enthusiasm, task and technical uncertainties, and task-oriented interactions in online...
Design and Development of Virtual Reality: Analysis of Challenges Faced by Educators
ABSTRACT There exists an increasingly attractive lure of using virtual reality applications for teaching in all areas of education, but perhaps the largest detriment to its use is the intimidating nature of VR technology for nontechnical instructors....
Diagnosis Mechanism and Feedback System to Accomplish the Full-Loop Learning Architecture
ABSTRACT Students in network-based learning environments may have their own learning paths based on either their learning results or status. The learning system can choose suitable learning materials for individual students depending on students'...
Dynamic Media in Computer Science Education; Content Complexity and Learning Performance: Is Less More?
ABSTRACT With the increasing use of dynamic media in multimedia learning material, it is important to consider not only the technological but also the cognitive aspects of its application. A large amount of previous research does not provide preference...
ELO-Tool: Taking Action in the Challenge of Assembling Learning Objects
ABSTRACT Nowadays, a wide range of initiatives are focused on providing solutions relating to the integration and reuse of different types of learning objects. This paper deals with the assembly of learning objects, one of the most difficult components...
Evaluating the Use of ICT in Education: Psychometric Properties of the Survey of Factors Affecting Teachers Teaching with Technology (SFA-[T.Sup.3])
ABSTRACT There are a number of measurement instruments in the field of education whose aims are to measure various aspects of educational technology. However, the psychometric properties of such instruments are not always determined, and their use...
Factors Affecting Teachers' Perceived Readiness for Online Collaborative Learning: A Case Study in Malaysia
ABSTRACT This paper investigates factors affecting the perceived readiness for online collaborative learning (OCL) of a sample of 86 mathematics teachers from 12 secondary schools. Descriptive analysis, factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis...
Get Set! E-Ready, ... E-Learn! the E-Readiness of Warehouse Workers
ABSTRACT Modern organizations use technology to expand across traditional business zones and boundaries to survive the global commercial village. While IT systems allow organizations to maintain a competitive edge, South African unskilled labour...
Importance of Diversified Leadership Roles in Improving Team Effectiveness in a Virtual Collaboration Learning Environment
ABSTRACT Virtual teams enabled by information and communications technologies (ICT) are increasingly being adopted not only by for-profit organizations but also by education institutions as well. This study investigates what contributes to the success...
Insights into Innovative Classroom Practices with ICT: Identifying the Impetus for Change
ABSTRACT This paper draws on the literature of transformational leadership and learning organisation with a concern to foster innovative changes in classroom practices. Based on the understanding that effective use of ICT has to be construed in...
Internet Self-Efficacy and Preferences toward Constructivist Internet-Based Learning Environments: A Study of Pre-School Teachers in Taiwan
ABSTRACT This study was conducted to explore the relationship between Internet self- efficacy and preferences toward constructivist Internet-based learning environments. The sample included 365 college students in Taiwan who all majored in early...
Streaming Videos in Peer Assessment to Support Training Pre-Service Teachers
ABSTRACT A web-based peer assessment system using video streaming technology was implemented to support the training of pre-service teachers. The peer assessment process was synchronized with viewing of peer teaching videos so that comments could...
Supporting Classroom Activities with the BSUL System
ABSTRACT This paper presents the integration of ubiquitous computing systems into classroom settings, in order to provide basic support for classrooms and field activities. We have developed web application components using Java technology and configured...
User Modeling in Adaptive Hypermedia Educational Systems
ABSTRACT This document is a survey in the research area of User Modeling (UM) for the specific field of Adaptive Learning. The aims of this document are: To define what it is a User Model; To present existing and well known User Models; To analyze...
Valuation of IT Courses-A Contingent Valuation Method Approach
ABSTRACT To help the civil servants in both central and local governments in Taiwan operating administrative works smoothly under a new digitalized system launched in 1994, a series of courses related to information technology were offered free...