Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 4, Winter

A Case Evaluation in Internet Assisted Laboratory Teaching
Abstract This paper presents the preliminary findings from an evaluation conducted on the implementation of Internet assisted teaching of fluid mechanical engineering laboratory sessions on a university degree programme. It compares the particular...
A Comparative Analysis of Learning Experience in a Traditional vs. Virtual Classroom Setting
Abstract This paper, based on an empirical analysis, compares students' attitudes and performance for a graduate Financial Management course, which was taught through two different modes (online and traditional) of course delivery. In an attempt...
A Comparison of Student Perceptions in Traditional and Online Classes
Abstract This study compared the experiences of students in online and traditional classes through the use of quantitative and qualitative data collection. Specific quantitative comparisons were made based on perceptions of class workload, overall...
A Computer by Any Other Name
Abstract This article describes results of a case study research project that investigated three teachers involved in the Eruditio teacher-training program in which Arizona teachers trained to integrate computer technology into their curricula and...
A Response to the NCTM Standards: Confidence and Competence Project ([C.Sup.2])
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to share the development and the design of a mathematics reform project, Confidence and Competence ([C.sup.2]). [C.sup.2] was a series of workshops that developed the content and pedagogical knowledge of teachers...
Assessing Adult Learner Social Role Performance
Abstract This study describes the development and validation of a performance rating scale and an interview protocol designed to assess individual performance in the adult learner social role. The genesis for this work is found in the 1950's social...
Assessing Higher Levels of Learning in Post-Secondary Education. (Online Instruction)
Abstract This article describes the results of a study that investigated how to assess higher levels of online learning in post-secondary education. The results of a six item open-ended questionnaire indicated that traditional forms of assessment...
Assessment of Learning Outcomes in an Online Environment
Abstract This paper looks at the challenge that online instructors face to assess the actual learning outcomes of their students. While it may be possible to simply use lessons learned in instructional design and institutional support to create...
Assessment of Thinking Levels in Students' Answers
Authors' Note: This research was supported in part by a grant to J.J. Pear from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. D.E. Crone-Todd was supported by a fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of...
Chico's First-Year Experience Course: A Case Study
Abstract Information technology, and the knowledge, equipment, and skills needed to understand and use it have become an everyday part of today's university. It is apparent to faculty in higher education that the majority of first-year students...
Comparing Face-to-Face with Online: Learners' Perspective
Abstract While universities and corporations are enthusiastically joining the networked learning environment and making more and more use of online education, very little is recorded about how this learning space is experienced by students. That...
Designing Effective Instructional Strategies for a Web-Enhanced Course on Web-Based Instruction
Abstract Courses in Web-Based Instruction (WBI) are at the forefront of every higher education institution and the need for guidelines on how to design, develop, and implement such courses is eminent. This article discusses an effectiveness evaluation...
Discussions: A Student-Centered Approach
Abstract This article supports the view that online discussions should only be used for educational purposes. In the first half of the article, a heuristic for determining the educational viability of online discussions is offered. In the second...
Distance Learning: Instructional Strategies That Work
Abstract Distance education and teacher preparation programming are not natural cohorts. This paper examines what it means to be a distance educator as a resident faculty member ninety miles from the main campus. The author shares specific instructional...
Distance Learning: One Student's Perspective
Abstract There seems to be considerable debate today on the subject of distance learning. Two of the more pertinent questions are: Is distance learning necessary and is distance learning as effective an instructional delivery method as the traditional...
Editorial
We have in this winter issue of AEQ an impressive array of articles dealing mainly with distance education and many focusing on online instruction. How to assess the quality of instruction delivered through other means than face-to-face classroom activity...
Effective Models for Assessing the Costs of Educational Technologies
Abstract Better information about how to use new technologies more effectively in higher education is essential, especially given the current rapidly changing environment in higher education. This paper summarizes the results of two field tests...
Evaluating Online Learners in Applied Psychology
Abstract Graduate learners receiving their degree training in applied psychology online learn not only information from their studies, but also critical interpersonal strategies for interacting with colleagues, peers, and clients. This article emphasizes...
Evaluating Pollutsim: Computer Supported Roleplay-Simulation
Abstract The e-environment promises solutions to three challenges currently facing higher education: Flexibility, access and cost. While e-learning has been enthusiastically embraced by administrators and teachers, to date there has been more attention...
Evaluating the Use of Instructional Technology in Higher Education
Abstract Faculty are implementing instructional technology into their higher education classrooms at an exponential rate. With this increase comes the need for models of evaluation aimed at measuring quality implementation. The authors consider...
Factors for Success in Online and Face-to-Face Instruction. (Online Instruction)
Abstract This study compared academic achievement between undergraduate students in an introductory nutrition course online and students taking the same course in a large-class lecture format. Using a quasi-experimental research design, two instructional...
How Useful Are Portfolios to Assess Online Learning
Abstract Portfolios are becoming increasingly popular both in the assessment of writing as well as a mode of assessment to measure teacher learning. In this paper I will describe a portfolio used for measuring student learning outcome in four partially...
Impact of Service Learning on the Cognitive and Affective Development of Pre-Service Teachers
Abstract This study investigates the results from a Service Learning experience with pre-service teachers in the Masters TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) program at a Midwest state university. The project involved university...
Investigating Undergraduate Students' Attitudes on the Use of the Networked Technology
Abstract In most evaluation studies, the question in focus concerns the comparative effectiveness of various types of web based learning systems to traditional ones rather than the innovation of the delivery model itself and the factors, which may...
Online Instruction: New Roles for Teachers and Students
Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate how instructors design and deliver online courses in higher education. One hundred four instructors (response rate of 69%) responded to the survey. Online instructors described how teacher and...
Self Selection of Learning Mode in an Online Course
Abstract Online learning approaches differ depending on whether the audience is a higher education or corporate one. In higher education, the favored approach is a collaborative, cohort model, intended to build community between learners. Distance...
Some Advantages and Problems Associated with Distance Education
Abstract This article is a brief discussion of what I perceive to be some of the difficulties and advantages I have encountered in teaching through the Distance Education Delivery Method. I will lead off with an overview of my online experience...
Statistics through the Medium of Internet: What Students Think and Achieve
Abstract The major aim of the present research was to compare expectations of students enrolled in the School of Education internet-based "Introduction to Statistics" course with those of students who participated in the School of Social Work traditional...
Teachers' Assessment of Online Forum Contributions
Abstract The study aims to identify online instructors' criteria for assessing students' contributions in online discussion forums. The study used an assessment exercise where six online instructors rated students' electronic transcripts taken from...
The Academy on the Web: Preparing to Evaluate Online Courses
Abstract Web-based teaching and learning require evaluation in order to assess the effectiveness of online curricula and courses in providing good learning. Although Web-based courses offer access and new opportunities for forming collaborative...
The Cyber-Revolution in Its Historical Context
Abstract The current educational revolution, or cyber-revolution, is best understood in the context of previous educational revolutions and related historical transitions. The purpose of this article is to provide a historical and theoretical context...
The Design Elements in Developing Effective Learning and Instructional Web-Sites
Abstract For nearly a decade, the Internet has been widely touted as the educational tool of the future wherein sophisticated educational web-sites would compete with, if not replace, the chalk and blackboard. Yet, web page design elements of color,...
The New "3Rs": Gender and the Science and Engineering Classroom
Abstract At the dawn of the 21st century why do we still have to talk about gender equality in education? Although a ban on gender discrimination in public schools was imposed by Title IX of the Education Amendment over twenty years ago, gender...
The Scholar Project
Abstract The Scholar Project began in 1999 at Heriot-Watt University to produce learning materials capable of delivery both in traditional paper format and on-line. The project sought to provide a link between sixth year school and first year university...
Use of the Web for Teaching-Learning: A Knowledge Management Approach
Abstract Using web sites to supplement teaching-learning in higher education has been common since the emergence of the Internet. However, most of the sites are static information sites, which do not provide opportunities for active collaborative...
Why Interact Online If It's Not Assessed?
Abstract This paper presents findings from a research project in a university social science course. It explores reasons for the emergence of informal peer-to-peer online learning interactivity. Given that the literature on assessment in higher...
Writing for Nonprofit Organizations: A Classroom without Walls. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract This paper explores the importance of reciprocity in service-learning courses and how a course in grant writing at the undergraduate level successfully linked students with nonprofit organizations and engaged them in applying the grant...