International Journal of Instructional Media

International Journal of Instructional Media is a magazine specializing in Computing topics.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring

Economic Deterioration and the New "Normal" for Schools
INTRODUCTION Although some economists and commentators are suggesting that the end of the recession is near, it is hard to believe that this is possible given the pervasiveness of negative news. With more than 500,000 people becoming unemployed...
Improving the Teaching and Learning of Programming Languages: An Approach for Course Design
INTRODUCTION Some studies suggest that the drop out and failure rate of programming courses is as high as 30 percent[l]. We think that it is possible to decrease that number, improving the design of courses of programming languages. This paper...
Increasing Interactivity: Applying Inquiry-Based Learning to ALN
INTRODUCTION There is a consistently observed pattern by online instructors that some students, in order to comply with course requirements for minimum involvement in asynchronous learning networks (ALNs), will post messages that are independent...
Learning from Each Other: Student Teachers, Cooperating Teachers and Technology
INTRODUCTION This study is an extension of research conducted to assess student teachers' self-reported abilities and comfort levels with technology and their use of computers both in the classroom and for personal use. Fidishun and Bell (2000)...
Presentational Style of Video as an Affecting Factor in Learning
PURPOSE AND BACKGROUND In the age of digital media and the Internet, video is still a popular medium for instruction in college classrooms. According to a recent survey by the National Institute of Multimedia Education in Japan (NIME, 2005), 83.4%...
Profiling Potential Dropout Students by Individual Characteristics in an Online Certificate Program
Web-based learning is gaining more popularity each day; the number of online courses in training, colleges, and K-12 levels are increasing significantly (Allen & Seman, 2004; Picciano, 2001; Setzer & Lewis, 2005). For example, approximately...
Re-Visiting the Instructional Strategy Diagnostic Profile: A Comparative Analysis
INTRODUCTION The ISDP (Instructional Strategy Diagnostic Profile) is a set of criteria for evaluating the quality of instructional materials (Merrill, Olsen & Coldeway, 1976). Although relatively obscure, the ISDP contributed to the development...
The Influence of Gender and Experience on School Principals' Computer Use
The studies that investigated principals' computer use in schools, focused on the adequate training of principals, their attitudes and on the software that the principals used mostly. Some studies that investigated the adequate preparation and training...
Using Jigsaw Collaborative Learning Strategy in Online Discussion to Foster a Project-Based Learning Community on the Web
INTRODUCTION Project-based learning (PBL) on the Web is usually used to enable learners to have an in-depth group discussion about specific topics online, from which an online collaborative community is established, through mutual knowledge, information...
Vital: Video in Teaching and Learning for New York State Educators
INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA INITIATIVES Focusing on the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen/WNET, New York, New York INTRODUCTION VITAL: Video in Teaching and Learning for New York State educators is a free online service developed by Thirteen/WNET...
Web-Based Learning Passport-Concept and Implementation
INTRODUCTION Learning is important in the present rapidly changing world. Achievement tests have been widely used to understand the learning effect. Achievement tests focus on the learning outcomes usually based on the test results instead of the...