International Journal of Instructional Media

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

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 1, Winter

A Comparative Study of Using Blogs and Wikis for Collaborative Knowledge Construction
INTRODUCTION Blogs (weblogs) and wikis are widely regarded as the 'killer apps' of Web 2.0. They are distinguished by their target user, layout structure as well as functionality. The blog owner is assumed to be the only authorized person to edit...
Distance Education's Impact during Economic Hardship: How Distance Learning Impacts Educational Institutions and Businesses in Times of Economic Hardship
PROBLEM STATEMENT Definition of Terms The following terms are defined to unify the concepts and research presented hereafter. Distance Education. Education taking place with the student physically or geographically removed from the instructor...
Engaging Students in an Interactive Web-Based Learning Environment Using Mayer's Design Principles: A Malaysian Experience
INTRODUCTION Web learning has become common in classroom teaching. In today's learning environment, most of the higher education institutions are engaging in web learning or some form of online teaching (White and Weight, 2000; Palloff and Pratt,...
Female-Friendly User Interface Design on a Cosmetic Chemistry Web Learning Site
INTRODUCTION Simpson, Oliver (1) (1985) and Smith (2) (1992) indicate that male students perform better than female students on science-related courses, because male students apply computer skills more positively than female students. Therefore,...
Instructional Media Initiatives Focusing on WNET.org, THIRTEEN and WLIW21: A Featured Theme: Super CYBERCHASE Science)
INTRODUCTION CYBERCHASE has established itself as a stimulating multimedia project designed to increase math knowledge and skills among elementary students. The lively characters and story lines focus on mathematical themes showing how math skills...
Media Literacy and Attitude Change: Assessing the Effectiveness of Media Literacy Training on Children's Responses to Persuasive Messages within the ELM
Children are exposed to persuasive messages in the media every day. The average American child sees in excess of 30,000 television commercials for various products each year (Condry, Bence, & Scheibe, 1988). By the time a student graduates high...
Teachers, Technology and Training: The Big Budget Puzzle
INTRODUCTION Although many people have hoped for an economic recovery to solve looming budget problems, the reality is that the coming budget season will be enormously challenging across all levels. Not only the federal government is suffering from...
The Changing Roles of Teachers in a Technology Learning Setting
INTRODUCTION In a traditional classroom, the role of the teacher was perceived from a narrow perspective. A teachers' role was seen primarily as presenting the contents of the syllabi which were listed in the curriculum. The layout of the classrooms...
The Impact of Online Journalism on the Freedom of the Press: A Case Study of Kuwait
INTRODUCTION The development and presence of the Internet during the culmination of the 20th century not only helped to change the norms, practices, perceptions, and understanding of journalism as an industry, but also played a significant role...
Trust Me! Wikipedia's Credibility among College Students
Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, is controlled by everyone, yet no one. Users can contribute, edit, or amend content that is posted and available to anyone that is searching for information. This open-editing process means that the information on...
Using Concept Maps as an Instructional Tool in Calculus
Concept mapping is a technique for knowledge representation; it is a tool that can be used to generate and communicate ideas and design complex structures. It was developed by Novak based on the theories of Ausubel (1968). A concept map incorporates...