Educational Technology & Society

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 4, October

Adaptive Role Playing Games: An Immersive Approach for Problem Based Learning
Introduction The Net Generation (Tapscott, 1998) has already arrived at university and college. They differ completely from the people in charge of their education (their teachers and parents) in the role that ubiquitous technologies have played...
A Five Dimensional Model for Educating the Net Generation
Introduction The world in which our children live is significantly different from that of yesterday. Today's youngsters use laptops, pagers, instant messaging, and cell phones to connect to friends, family, experts, and others in their community...
A Framework for Semantic Group Formation in Education
Introduction Many approaches to learning and teaching rely upon students working in groups. Research in many disciplines has shown that learning within groups improves the students' learning experience by enabling peers to learn from each other....
A Methodological Approach to Encourage the Service-Oriented Learning Systems Development
Introduction The definition of standards and specifications in eLearning aims at improving reusability, portability and interoperability (Friesen, 2005). These qualities should apply both to the learning system and to the learning components used...
An Investigation into E-Tool Use for Formative Assignment Assessment-Status and Recommendations
Introduction Formative assessment provided in assignments is of highest value in student learning. Assignments require students to construct and formulate their own thoughts and, depending on discipline, present these thoughts in the form of essays,...
Are the Functions of Teachers in E-Learning and Face-to-Face Learning Environments Really Different?
Introduction Although e-learning is still in its infancy, the knowledge acquired by teachers who use online and face-to-face methods can be of great use in improving both types of teaching, which is the reason why researchers nowadays study issues...
Automatic Recommendations for E-Learning Personalization Based on Web Usage Mining Techniques and Information Retrieval
Introduction Up to the very recent years, most e-learning systems have not been personalized. Several works have addressed the need for personalization in the e-learning domain. However, even today, personalization systems are still mostly confined...
Can Online Peer Assessment Be Trusted?
Introduction Learning assessment often constitutes a problematic task for the teacher. Its repetitive nature makes the teacher's job fastidious and the grading of hundreds of exam papers is far from exciting. In addition, the educational value of...
Collaborative Paper-Based Annotation of Lecture Slides
Introduction University lectures are often considered as suboptimal learning settings, as the communication is centered around the instructor and learners easily become rather passive listeners. Collaborative notetaking and annotation processes...
Competence-Related Metadata for Educational Resources That Support Lifelong Competence Development Programmes
Introduction In the context of the emerging paradigm of Lifelong Learning, competence-based education and training is gradually attracting the attention of the Technology-Enhanced Learning community, since it provides important benefits for both...
Critical Thinking and ICT Integration in a Western Australian Secondary School
Introduction The International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE, 2002) generated over 400 papers. Many of these detailed how ICT can be applied to higher order thinking skills, including Agnew (2002), Lee (2002) and Thomas (2002). Agnew...
Developing Cognition with Collaborative Robotic Activities
Introduction Cognitive processes are the organizing mental structures which control the subject's interpretation and storage of information (Neisser, 1967). This establishes, among others, the conduct toward stimuli, affecting in a direct way the...
Disabilities and E-Learning Problems and Solutions: An Exploratory Study
The increased use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in most sectors of society and recent developments in adaptive hardware and software have allowed individuals with disabilities to do things that were difficult or impossible for...
Emerging Web Technologies in Higher Education: A Case of Incorporating Blogs, Podcasts and Social Bookmarks in a Web Programming Course Based on Students' Learning Styles and Technology Preferences
Introduction The growth of web-based applications has made the web an important educational medium (Siau, Nah, & Teng, 2002). Notably, with the creation of emerging web technologies such as blogs, wikis, instant messengers (IM), social bookmarks,...
Enhancing Eight Grade Students' Scientific Conceptual Change and Scientific Reasoning through a Web-Based Learning Program
Introduction The unique characteristics of the World Wide Web have led educational researchers and practitioners around the world to regard it as a potential tool for improving teaching and learning. All learning activities, except providing an...
Factors Influencing Adult Learners' Decision to Drop out or Persist in Online Learning
Introduction Distance learning allows adult learners who have employment, family, and/or other responsibilities to update knowledge and skills related to their job by saving travel costs and allowing a flexible schedule. Moore and Kearsely (2005)...
Guest Editorial-New Directions in Advanced Learning Technologies
ICALT, the International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, brings together people who are working on the design, development, use and evaluation of technologies that will be the foundation of the next generation of e-learning systems and...
Influence of Structure and Interaction on Student Achievement and Satisfaction in Web-Based Distance Learning
Introduction Recent advancement in the web and multimedia technology is changing the way of teaching and learning. Because of the technologies' flexibility and diversity, distance learning programs using internet and multimedia contents also have...
InstanceCollage: A Tool for the Particularization of Collaborative IMS-LD Scripts
Introduction Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) research aims at enabling new forms of interactions among students to foster learning. Computer support is central in distance collaborative learning environments, but it may be used...
Integration and Deployment of Educational Games in E-Learning Environments: The Learning Object Model Meets Educational Gaming
Introduction Ever since videogames were born, they have been identified as potential learning tools (Malone 1981b; Malone 1981a). Since then, there has been a sustained academic discussion of their educational applicability (Leutner 1993; Rieber...
Learner and Instructional Factors Influencing Learning Outcomes within a Blended Learning Environment
Introduction As a result of the advancement in communication and network technologies, more innovative instructional delivery and learning solutions have emerged in order to provide meaningful learning experiences for learners in academic settings....
Multi-Objective Parallel Test-Sheet Composition Using Enhanced Particle Swarm Optimization
Introduction The key to a good test depends not only on the subjective appropriateness of test items, but also on the way the test sheet is composed. As the number of test items in an item bank is usually large, and the number of feasible combinations...
Outdoor Natural Science Learning with an RFID-Supported Immersive Ubiquitous Learning Environment
Introduction To enhance the presentation of content in science courses, teachers often use classroom media such as science films or student activities such as experiments. Outdoor teaching is also a recognized method for enhancing learning and is...
Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Applets for Solving Mathematical Problems: Need, Difficulties and Functions
Introduction Background The use of the internet as an educational medium is now rapidly expanding (Liaw, 2004). Sinclair (2000) points that the internet is becoming an intriguing environment for mathematics education by combining a variety of...
Student Learning Styles Adaptation Method Based on Teaching Strategies and Electronic Media
Introduction Humans have different ways of learning. Some can assimilate in a better way the knowledge received visually, auditory or through a certain sense. Psychology and cognitive sciences have longtime explored this question. The Dual Coding...
Supporting Teachers in Identifying Students' Learning Styles in Learning Management Systems: An Automatic Student Modelling Approach
Introduction In traditional learning, teachers can easily get an insight into how their students work and learn. However, in online learning, especially when using systems like learning management systems (LMSs), it is more difficult for teachers...
Technology's Role in Field Experiences for Preservice Teacher Training
Introduction Field experiences are a foundation in preservice teacher education programs today. In fact, early teacher educators have found value in the "learning by doing" approach since as early as the mid-nineteenth century (Cruickshank &...
The Effects of Mobile Natural-Science Learning Based on the 5E Learning Cycle: A Case Study
Rationale and significance of the study The rapid development of wireless communication and of ubiquitous-computing technology has attracted the attention of researchers from multiple disciplines. Various studies have examined the use of such new...
The STIN in the Tale: A Socio-Technical Interaction Perspective on Networked Learning
Introduction The learning landscape is becoming increasingly complex. In part this is due to technological developments such as Web 2.0, virtual worlds and social networking practices, alongside other factors such as widespread national and international...
Toward a Semantic Forum for Active Collaborative Learning
Introduction Proponents of collaborative learning claim that learners in cooperative teams achieve higher levels of performance and retain information longer than learners who work individually (Webb, 1995). Asynchronous discussion forum plays an...
wConnect: Cultivating a Landscape of Online Places for a Developmental Learning Community
Introduction As girls enter their teenage years, they often lose interest in the areas related to computer and information science and engineering. By the time teenage girls are ready for college their interest in computing and information science...
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