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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mathematics Education Research Journal Vol. 8, No. 1 (1996) pp. 38–57
Interviews, questionnaires, and observation of mathematics teachers in their implementation of computers in their classroom found that use of computers is unlikely to result in changes in learning or teaching unless the personal philosophy of...
TBLT in Business English Communication: An Approach for Evaluating Adobe Connect and Second Life in a Blended Language Learning Format
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching Vol. 3, No. 1 (January 2013) pp. 73–89
Research on the use of task-based language teaching (TBLT) with digital technologies has increased over the last few years but few studies have focused specifically on its use with blended learning involving international undergraduate learners...
Assessment Vol. 18, No. 3 (September 2011) pp. 291–307
Item response theory (IRT) and related latent variable models represent modern psychometric theory, the successor to classical test theory in psychological assessment. Although IRT has become prevalent in the measurement of ability and achievement,...
Reading and readability affect on e-learning success in a fortune 100 company: A correlational study
(2010) pp. 1–223
Electronic community: The role of an electronic network in the development of a community of teachers engaged in curriculum development and implementation
(1997) pp. 1–165
The goal of this study was to describe the development of an electronic community of teachers who had the common experience of working on a Human Biology Curriculum Project through Stanford University. It was hypothesized that the interdisciplinary...
An exploratory study of computer assisted language learning (CALL) glosses and traditional glosses on incidental vocabulary learning and Spanish literature reading comprehension
(2008) pp. 1–84
The following is an exploratory study investigating the difference in the incidental vocabulary learning (or recall) of Spanish vocabulary while reading for comprehension. A secondary area of investigation is the influence of learner characteristics ...
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 9, No. 3 (2001) pp. 391–405
Like a scene from a Wild West land grab, would-be pioneers in the wilderness of online learning are surging forward with thoughts awash with optimism, trepidation, and a profound sense of staking a claim in this new educational environment. Even for ...
International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education Vol. 4, No. 3 (July 2008) pp. 69–80
Differing methods of course development can lead to widely varying results. The University of Phoenix develops courses for both on-campus and online (e-learning) delivery, using electronic collaboration as well as in-person teamings. Course...
An analysis of learning in an online biology course for teachers and teacher candidates: A mixed methods approach
An analysis of learning in an online biology course for teachers and teacher@candidates: A mixed methods approach (2003) pp. 1–181
Due to discipline specific shortages, web-based learning has been proposed as a convenient way to upgrade the content knowledge of instructors interested in learning to teach science. Despite quantitative evidence that web-based instruction is...
Language and Speech Vol. 54, No. 4 (December 2011) pp. 487–497
Two experiments investigate the effectiveness of audiovisual (AV) speech cues (cues derived from both seeing and hearing a talker speak) in facilitating perceptual learning of spectrally distorted speech. Speech was distorted through an eight...
(1997) pp. 1–270
This qualitative case study investigates how three teachers in a rural school used an interactive multimedia professional development program called Understanding Teaching (UT) presented on a CD-ROM. This program was designed to help educators learn ...
Computers and Composition Vol. 23, No. 3 pp. 296–316
This essay argues that musicians have been at the forefront of the multimedia revolution. Rather than limit multimedia's creative locus to individuals working with a small range of tools/instruments, we address the increasing dispersion of...
A comparative study of the effects of computer-based expository and discovery methods of instruction for fostering the aural recognition of musical concepts
A comparative study of the effects of computer-based expository and discovery methods of instruction for fostering the aural recognition of musical@concepts (2001) pp. 1–240
The problem of this study was to compare the effectiveness of computer-based expository and discovery methods of instruction for the aural recognition of selected musical concepts. The expository method was defined as an instructional sequence in...
Investigating the Relationship between STEM Learning Principles and Student Achievement in Math and Science
American Journal of Education Vol. 120, No. 2 (February 2014) pp. 139–171
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) advocates commonly emphasize an interdisciplinary, authentic, project-based, and technology-based approach to learning, though the strength of prior research varies. This study examines the...
Educational Studies in Mathematics Vol. 22, No. 2 (1991) pp. 125–47
Presents computer approach formulated within a framework of versatile thinking designed to overcome obstacles to understanding algebra. Results from related studies comparing the computer and traditional approaches taught to 11, 12, and 13 year olds ...
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Vol. 20, No. 3 (July 2012) pp. 305–330
This paper reports on a grounded theory analysis of prospective teachers’ online reflections in an ePortfolio system as part of a university-based teacher preparation program requirement. Results indicate that prospective teachers tend to showcase...
Increasing Public Access to University Qualifications: Evolution of The University of the West Indies Open Campus
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Vol. 10, No. 1 (Feb 23, 2009)
This paper traces the evolution of The University of the West Indies’ Open Campus (UWIOC), which is expected to expand service and increase access to the underserved communities of the Eastern Caribbean. At present, UWI, which caters to the needs of ...
Journal of College Teaching & Learning Vol. 5, No. 10 (October 2008) pp. 29–50
This paper discusses the importance of student learning styles within a Distance Learning (DL) classroom. The study examines the learning style preferences of online business students as measured by the Kolb Learning Style Inventory and determines...
Pervasive Computing in Schools – Embedding Information Technology into the Ambient Complexities of Physical Group-Learning Environments
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2005 (2005) pp. 2889–2894
In the KiMM (Kids in Media and Motion) Initiative we are following a generalized approach, which places the emphasis of using digital interactive technology with the students in their daily learning environment. Our world is progressively becoming...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2005 (2005) pp. 1632–1634
The field of instructional design (ID) has, for the past three decades, been dominated by a systems process approach to the design of instructional products and interventions. Recently, instructional systems design (ISD) has come under fire with...
International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC) Vol. 6, No. 2 (Jul 23, 2013) pp. 4–8
This study presents the potential use of Greek School Network (GSN) to provide a robust and versatile e-learning course for computer science educators, in order to efficiently exploit advanced IT services, thus establishing a modern and attractive...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2019 (Mar 18, 2019) pp. 2772–2777
Instagram is one of the most used social media platforms that allows adolescents to socialize with others and thereby may have a profound impact on their social development and identity formation. The purpose of this study was to develop a tentative ...
Topics: Social Media
The quest of Quest Atlantis: Developing a nuanced implementation of a technology-rich educational innovation
The quest of Quest@Atlantis: Developing a nuanced implementation of a technology@-rich educational innovation (2004) pp. 1–232
This study examined the tensions surrounding the implementation of a technology rich educational innovation called Quest Atlantis in a local public elementary school. Three qualitative case studies of three classrooms implementing the innovation and ...
Language Teaching in 3D Virtual Worlds with Machinima: Reflecting on an Online Machinima Teacher Training Course
International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching Vol. 8, No. 2 (April 2018) pp. 20–38
This article is based on findings arising from a large, two-year EU project entitled “Creating Machinima to Enhance Online Language Learning and Teaching” (CAMELOT), which was the first to investigate the potential of machinima, a form of virtual...
When Rural Men Support Women’s ICT Project, Women and Men will Have the Same Rights: Signals from the Carribbean
Indian Journal of Open Learning Vol. 18, No. 2 (Oct 02, 2009) pp. 87–97
In the context of a society structured, in part, on unequal relations of gender, we present in this paper, a case of what we term ‘gender-nuanced’ behaviour characterised by gender relations of relative equality between rural women and men in the...
(1997) pp. 1–298
Hands-on concordancing is often described as the future of computer assisted language learning, but first there are two problems. Its benefits have been hard to validate empirically, and it is conceived for advanced learners while the majority...
Bioscience Education Vol. 4 (November 2004)
Eleven years experience with the running of web-based projects for final year undergraduate students of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Manchester University, along with an example of one project, is described. Application of the scientific method...
Cooperation, Culture and the Communicative Approach: Why Three Research Groups must come together as a Community for Successful Technology Implementation
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (Mar 05, 2012) pp. 3164–3169
This paper reports on a cross case analysis of Taiwanese English Language Learning (ELL) university instructors’ use of technology. This in-depth multiple case study attempted to gain an understanding of these instructors’ central concerns regarding ...
The Internet and Information Literacy: Taking the First Step toward Technology Education in the Social Studies
Social Studies Vol. 91, No. 3 (2000) pp. 121–25
Describes an action research study designed to examine high school students' use of the Internet, their evaluation of it as a learning tool, and their personal satisfaction at using the Internet for educational research. Presents the findings in...
ATEA Journal Vol. 30, No. 2 (2003) pp. 6–9
The Computer Network Support Technician program offered by Selland College of Applied Technology at Boise State University provides hands-on training on Microsoft and Cisco products. A key element is the opportunity to obtain real-world experience...
Educational Technology Vol. 14, No. 7 (1974) pp. 28–30
Author asserts that curriculum specialists have generally neglected "school settings," or the psychological climate which fosters both intellectual and emotional growth. (HB)
A multilevel analysis of the effects of external rewards on elementary students' motivation, engagement and learning in an educational game
Computers & Education Vol. 75, No. 1 (June 2014) pp. 136–148
This study investigated the effects of external rewards on fifth graders' motivation, engagement and learning while playing an educational game. We were interested in exploring whether the feedback-rich environment of the game could mitigate the...
How the Pressure of Top-down Technology Implementation and Misaligned Evaluation Unintentionally Damages Schools, Teachers and Education in Taiwan
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (Mar 29, 2010) pp. 2432–2439
This paper investigates Taiwanese English Language Learning (ELL) university instructors’ use of computer technology for instructional purposes. The interplay of teachers’ beliefs, actions, and the context in which they are situated are discussed....
Reflective Practice or Just Plain Bragging?: A Grounded Approach to the Implementation of Student Teacher Reflection in ePortfolios
World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2008 (Nov 17, 2008) pp. 3249–3256
This paper reports on a grounded theory analysis of student teachers’ online reflections in an ePortfolio system as part of a university-based teacher preparation program. Results indicate that student teachers tend to brag about their professional...
Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment Vol. 3, No. 4 (January 2005)
To examine the impact of transitioning 4th grade reading comprehension assessments to the computer, 219 fourth graders were randomly assigned to take a one-hour reading comprehension assessment on paper, on a computer using scrolling text to...
InteractiveSchoolWall: A Digital Enriched Learning Environment for Systemic-Constructive Informal Learning Processes
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (Mar 05, 2012) pp. 3133–3140
In this paper we reflect on the impact of a novel digitally enriched learning space for teaching processes. We present a hypermedia presentation and interaction platform. We show how learning space at school can be extended digitally in a new way....
Teaching Teachers to Teach with Body- and Space related Technologies: Programmable Clothing in Performative Teaching Processes
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (Mar 29, 2010) pp. 3038–3045
The integration of programmable textiles into teaching scenarios allows the necessary support for world-life in the 21th century. Therefore, we discuss theoretically the meaning of this integration. We describe a pilot project, where 10th graders...
World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (Jun 30, 2008) pp. 5484–5491
Contemporary artistic approaches to Second Life provide a variety of models for meaningful interactions with physical and digital reality. By offering multiple forms of communication and interaction as with Second Life (SL) they help to broaden...
Information Processing & Management Vol. 32, No. 2 (1996) pp. 247–54
Two logically related themes in management literature are the "productivity paradox" and "business process reengineering." Hypotheses concerning the stages through which information technology will pass lead to the same conclusions: the industry is...
Addressing Student Misconceptions Concerning Electron Flow in Aqueous Solutions with Instruction Including Computer Animations and Conceptual Change Strategies
International Journal of Science Education Vol. 22, No. 5 (2000) pp. 521–37
Investigates the effects of both computer animations of microscopic chemical processes occurring in a galvanic cell and conceptual-change instruction based on chemical demonstrations on students' conceptions of current flow in electrolyte solutions. ...
International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education Vol. 12, No. 1 (2005) pp. 3–14
Statistical data can be represented in a number of qualitatively different ways, the choice depending on the following three conditions: the concepts to be investigated; the nature of the data; and the purpose for which they were collected. This...
Journal of Educational Technology Systems Vol. 38, No. 1 (2010) pp. 75–92
This article is on the strange confluence of culture, identity, learning, and systemic design. We argue that the work of instructional design is, essentially, work on culture and identity. A person's culture and identity fully and inextricably...
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 46, No. 2 (2002) pp. 40–45
Discusses the socio-cultural nature of education and examines how researchers have defined culture and how instructional designers have treated culture within the design process. Considers systemic versus systematic design and examines how culture...
TEACHING Exceptional Children Vol. 42, No. 2 (2009) pp. 6–12
Students with disabilities and special needs have faced challenges in accessing educational content, and in taking traditional pen-and-paper tests. How might technology improve the process, while making statewide tests truly accessible to all...
Career Planning and Adult Development Journal Vol. 6, No. 4 (1991) pp. 2–44
Includes "Introduction" (Hohenshil, Brown); "Overview of Career Assessment Methods and Models" (Hohenshil, Solly); "Career Interest Assessment Techniques" (Levinson, Folino); "Aptitude Testing in Career Assessment" (Capps, Heinlein, Sautter); ...
Journal of Education for Business Vol. 63, No. 8 (1988) pp. 358–62
The broad range of computer literacy among students causes problems in the development of a computer-based curriculum. This article discusses the procedures used by the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University to implement an...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 36, No. 4 (2005) pp. 389–398
Theon's ladder is an ancient algorithm for calculating rational approximations for the square root of 2. It features two columns of integers (called a ladder), in which the ratio of the two numbers in each row is an approximation to the square root...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (Mar 02, 2009) pp. 3230–3234
By now “Moles” (Mobile Learning Exploration System) is a successfully used system for mobile learning in many school projects (vgl. Melzer, 2007; Winkler, 2008). Students can independently use Moles for PC (with limited rights, we call it Moles for...
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology Vol. 38, No. 7 (October 2007) pp. 927–937
Students often find their first university linear algebra experience very challenging. While coping with procedural aspects of the subject, solving linear systems and manipulating matrices, they may struggle with crucial conceptual ideas...
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (Mar 07, 2011) pp. 3517–3524
The aim of this paper is to discuss the pertinence of experience of hypertext structures regarding the development of perceptual patterns when using contemporary time based interactive media. Therefore we discuss first the idea of time based...