Educational Technology & Society

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 2, April

A Clustering Methodology of Web Log Data for Learning Management Systems
Introduction Learning Management Systems (LMSs) offer a lot of methods for the distribution of information and for the communication between the participants on a course. They allow instructors to deliver assignments to the students, produce and...
Adaptively Ubiquitous Learning in Campus Math Path
Introduction Recently, many academics are espousing the merits of situated learning. In situated learning of mathematics, a math path is a common method that bridges the gap between formal learning and the places where the learning is to be applied....
An Assessment of E-Training Effectiveness in Multinational Companies in Malaysia
Introduction The advancement of information technologies has contributed to the exponential growth in corporate e-learning (or e-training) in recent years. This revolution enables employees to obtain an intimate learning experience without attending...
An Empathic Avatar in a Computer-Aided Learning Program to Encourage and Persuade Learners
Introduction Animated pedagogical agents (APAs), with characteristics such as facial expressions, gestures, human emotions, and an interactive user interface, are attractive to students. Many studies posit that social agencies with social cues in...
Blogging for Information Management, Learning, and Social Support during Internship
Introduction Blogs have existed since the 1990s, but their application to educational settings is a relatively recent phenomenon (Tan, 2010). A blog (abbreviation of "web log") is a journal presented in reverse chronological order that consists...
Contextualizing a MALL: Practice Design and Evaluation
Introduction Many see mobile learning as the next generation of learning (Sharples, 2000). Mobile technologies applied to language learning include PDAs, multimedia cellular phones, MP3 players, and digital dictionaries (Zhao, 2005). The appeal...
Cyber Asynchronous versus Blended Cyber Approach in Distance English Learning
Introduction With the fast development of broadband Internet and computer technologies, online courses and thus cyber asynchronous learning have been employed more and more often for exchanging information between instructors and students, and between...
Designing Hypercontextualized Games: A Case Study with LieksaMyst
Introduction "What fun... The program is humorous and encouraging!" Female, 73 years, Finland "It was a good simulation and I felt as if I was actually involved in the situation" Male, 22 years, Nepal "I have discovered history and a...
Digital Assessment Literacy-The Core Role of the Teacher in a Digital Environment
Literacy and assessment literacy The term "literacy" has diverse interpretations (Wagner & Kozma, 2003). Common to all is a view of the level of literacy as a measure of the quality of human capital of a society or a particular area. Literacy...
Educational Affordances of a Ubiquitous Learning Environment in a Natural Science Course
Introduction The term "affordance" was coined by the perceptual psychologist J. J. Gibson, who developed an "ecological" alternative to cognitive approaches (Gibson, 1977). Gibson (1977) defined affordances as what the environment offers to humans...
Evaluating Knowledge Structure-Based Adaptive Testing Algorithms and System Development
Introduction During the last two decades, from the functional aspect, many computerized test systems have been developed for estimating abilities of examinees (Chang, Lin, & Lin, 2007; Guzman & Conejo, 2005; Lewis & Sheehan 1990; Sands,...
Exploring Learner Attitudes toward Web-Based Recommendation Learning Service System for Interdisciplinary Applications
Introduction The huge quantity of learning resources currently available online has led to information overload, and traditional search engines can no longer meet the needs of all e-learners (Howe & Dreilinger, 1997; Pinkerton, 2000; Yan &...
Guest Editorial-Navigating in the Digital Era: Digital Literacy: Socio-Cultural and Educational Aspects
In recent years, digital technologies (social media, multimedia and communication technologies) have penetrated almost every aspect of our lives. They've become an essential element in learning, interpersonal communication, organizational work, and...
How Do Personality, Synchronous Media, and Discussion Topic Affect Participation?
Introduction In recent years, online communication technologies have penetrated almost every aspect of our life and have become an essential element in interpersonal interactions, including study and work environments. The fast development of digital...
Influence of Game Quests on Pupils' Enjoyment and Goal-Pursuing in Math Learning
Introduction Recently, game-based learning is regarded as a promising vehicle for facilitating students' active participation and engaged learning. On one hand, this is because digital games own a number of characteristics to engage students, such...
Instructor Learning Styles as Indicators of Online Faculty Satisfaction
Introduction Prior to teaching online, many instructors predict future dissatisfaction with the online classroom. These predictions are usually based on perceptions of technical skills, personality type, unfamiliarity, etc. Further, many instructors...
Integrating Algorithm Visualization Video into a First-Year Algorithm and Data Structure Course
Introduction Algorithm visualization (in short, AV) is one of the two main subareas (along with program visualization) of the software visualization research field. In order to distinguish between static and dynamic visualizations of algorithms,...
Integration of Multimedia Courseware into ESP Instruction for Technological Purposes in Higher Technical Education
Introduction Given the new trend of globalization and the internationalization of the workforce, one of the goals of foreign language education must be to provide students with the foreign language ability and advanced professional knowledge necessary...
Internet Abuse among Teenagers and Its Relations to Internet Usage Patterns and Demographics
Introduction Internet access and usage in the world has been proliferating year by year, with approximately 1.11 billion users in 2007, 1.67 billion in 2009, and 1.97 billion in 2010 (Miniwatts Marketing Group, 2010), indicating an upward trend...
Modelling Digital Natives' International Collaboration: Finnish-Korean Experiences of Environmental Education
Introduction As the world becomes more inter-connected and globalized, people are asked to be aware of multi-cultural differences, and global education is particularly needed for 21st century students (Cisco, 2010). Schools are often asked to provide...
Passively Classifying Student Mood and Performance within Intelligent Tutors
Introduction The goal of this research was to develop an adaptable ITS conceptual model that includes appropriate inputs to determine the affective state of the student being tutored. In support of this goal, we surveyed methods to allow an ITS...
Reducing the Impact of Inappropriate Items on Reviewable Computerized Adaptive Testing
Introduction When developing a computerized adaptive testing (CAT), an important controversy was whether examinees should be allowed to review and modify previous responses (Bowles & Pommerich, 2001; Wise & Kingsbury, 2000). In traditional...
Research Trends in Technology-Based Learning from 2000 to 2009: A Content Analysis of Publications in Selected Journals
Introduction Technology-based learning is increasingly important in the 21st century. However, studies in analyzing its appropriateness, its application and practices, and its influence on today's education are still under debate and discussions...
Supporting Teachers in Designing CSCL Activities: A Case Study of Principle-Based Pedagogical Patterns in Networked Second Language Classrooms
Introduction Spurred by rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICT), diverse tools are now being used in a rich variety of ways to support teaching and learning. Goodyear (2005) uses the term networked learning broadly...
The Comparison of the Opinions of the University Students on the Usage of Blog and Wiki for Their Courses
Introduction In the recent years, the rapid changes of information and communication technologies have brought the innovations in communication and information sharing. These innovations have contributed to further enhance the teaching and learning...
The Development of Epistemic Relativism versus Social Relativism Via Online Peer Assessment, and Their Relations with Epistemological Beliefs and Internet Self-Efficacy
Introduction Online peer assessment (PA) has been advocated by numerous contemporary educators (Cathey, 2007; Chen & Tsai, 2009; Sitthiworachart & Joy, 2008). Online PA for learning requires the participating students to complete a learning...
The Effect of Principals' Technological Leadership on Teachers' Technological Literacy and Teaching Effectiveness in Taiwanese Elementary Schools
Introduction The role of the principal has evolved from being primarily that of a building manager (Sharp & Walter, 1994) to that of an instructional and curricular leader (Checkley, 2000; Cheng, 2004; Glatthorn, 2000; Huang, 2004; Wu, 2004)...
The Unexpected Connection: Serendipity and Human Mediation in Networked Learning
Learning in a new environment characterized by complexity The context of learning has changed dramatically in recent years. In the past the learning experience was determined by three dimensions: the learner, the educator, and the content, but a...
Understanding Social Nature of an Online Community of Practice for Learning to Teach
Introduction The rapid development of the Internet has led to expansion and enhancement of online learning in higher education (Allen & Seaman, 2010). Recent years, researchers have been exploring alternative forms to traditional course-based...
Using Mobile Learning to Improve the Reflection: A Case Study of Traffic Violation
Introduction Thanks to advances in wireless and mobile technologies, and through the use of mobile devices, it is possible to extend the learning environment far beyond classroom walls (Liu, 2007). Educators have begun to consider mobile learning...
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