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Number of papers: 22

  1. Designing and Sustaining Virtual Mentoring Communities

    Julie Bradley, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    School districts in Colorado are required to have an induction program for new teachers that lasts at least one year. The University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and Denver Public Schools (DPS)... More

    pp. 1-9

  2. Meet me at the Water Cooler

    June Davids, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    This paper looks at strategies and the technology used by current on line instructors to create a sense of community in their classes and technological advances that will be present in future class... More

    pp. 10-20

  3. Creating descriptive metadata for patron browsing and selection on the Bryant & Stratton College Virtual Library

    Joseph Dudley, Bryant & Stratton College, United States

    As academic libraries increasingly develop virtual collections to meet the needs of both students in online degree programs and traditional campus-based students, library-quality metadata is... More

    pp. 22-27

  4. Students benefit from e-Journaling or using Web Journals in an Online Grief, Loss & Bereavement Course

    Kirsti Dyer, Madonna University, United States

    Web Journaling or e-Journaling is an online tool that is a useful education technique for fostering critical thinking skills. Journaling is also a beneficial resource to encourage learning and... More

    pp. 28-39

  5. Digital User-Generated Content and Emerging Digital Literacy

    Elizabeth Fanning, The University of Virginia, United States

    Video mashing, game modding, Youtube, wikis, blogs, and the communities that rise up around them are becoming yet another facet of the communication landscape. But how effective are these... More

    pp. 40-60

  6. Students’ Satisfaction from Blended Learning Instruction

    Maria Giannousi, Nicholas Vernadakis, Vassiliki Derri, Maria Michalopoulos & Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

    During the past few years the number of courses offered online has greatly increased as technology has made delivery of such courses more feasible. Blended learning environment amalgamates the... More

    pp. 61-68

  7. Why Educational Institutions Should Embrace Freeware

    Sherry Hayes, Texas Woman’s University, United States

    Educational systems have historically led the way for freely sharing knowledge. As the costs of education rise many are curtailed from continuing their pursuit of knowledge. To be successful as a... More

    pp. 69-78

  8. The Math Forum: Measuring the Aliveness of a Community

    Michael Herrick, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    The Math Forum is an enduring virtual community. The aliveness of this community was measured using seven principles derived by Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder (2002) as design principles for... More

    pp. 79-91

  9. Evaluating Social Networking Tools for Distance Learning

    Ellen Hoffman, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    Debates rage about the appropriateness of using social networking in teaching, with arguments ranging from waste of time and distraction from academic goals to needed to reach net generation... More

    pp. 92-100

  10. Instructor and Learner Discourse in MBA and MA Online Programs: Whom Posts more Frequently?

    Peter Kiriakidis, 1387909 ONTARIO INC, Canada

    This study was grounded on the assumptions that (a) Instructor and Learners Discourse (ILD) in Threaded Discussions (TDs) in online courses is of great importance to both MBA and MA learners; (b)... More

    pp. 101-110

  11. Virtual Teams in a Synchronized Visual Learning Environment: Experiences of an Adjunct Learning Facilitator

    Barbara Lauridsen, Capella University, United States

    This conference paper documents the experience for virtual learners in a Visual Learning Environment. A guided experience will be illustrated eCollege and Elluminate revealing an online learning... More

    pp. 111-127

  12. The Role of Incentives in Facilitating the Integration of an Online Learning System into Pedagogical Practices: A Human Performance Technology Perspective

    Jing Lei, Syracuse University, United States; Blaine Morrow, Palomar College, United States

    This paper summarized findings from an empirical study that evaluated the effectiveness of a technology incentive project, MEET, on facilitating the adoption of a web technology CCC Confer among... More

    pp. 128-136

  13. Virtual Communities for Educators: An Overview of Supports and Best Practices

    Kimble McCann, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    Virtual professional communities of practice may provide important opportunities, communication, and supports for participants in the online world. Within the field of education, for teachers and... More

    pp. 137-142

  14. Local Turns Global: Expanding the Deaf Community Through Communication Technologies

    Tracie Ortiz, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    Communication Technologies have immersed themselves in our everyday lives reshaping communities, expanding boundaries, and creating communities of practice. The Deaf community is no exception.... More

    pp. 143-150

  15. The Best of Both Worlds: Balancing the Role of Care Giver and Online Educator

    Jen Propp & Alli Woods, Kaplan University, United States

    pp. 151-158

  16. Digital Storytelling in a Web 2.0 World

    Chareen Snelson & Annie Sheffield, Boise State University, United States

    Digital storytelling has arisen as a form of narrative expression that is crafted into a media production. While there appears to be general agreement that digital storytelling integrates... More

    pp. 159-167

  17. Open Source and Web 2.0 for Supplementary Teaching

    Elisa Spadavecchia, Liceo Scientifico Quadri, Italy

    The aim of this paper is to point out the achievements and the drawbacks of the integration of Open Source Technology and Internet 2.0 tools with traditional classroom teaching through the account ... More

    pp. 168-173

  18. Pedagogy of the Connected: Facilitating e-Educative Transformation

    M Sunwood, University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States

    In 1970, Paulo Freire brought to the world’s attention the destructive nature of the “banking” model of education and the “culture of silence” this methodology promotes. Freire demonstrated how... More

    pp. 174-183

  19. Text Messaging and Implications for its use in Education

    Dean Tomita, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, United States

    In schools across the country, digital natives born after 1980 seamlessly integrate technology into many aspects of their lives. This researcher investigated one particular method of communication ... More

    pp. 184-193

  20. The Course Management System, e-Class at Democritus University of Thrace: Where do we Stand?

    Nicholas Vernadakis, Maria Giannousi, Eleni Zetou & Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

    The online CMS has become popular in recent years in higher education institutions due to the implementation of distance education in Greece. The purpose of this study was to examine the students’ ... More

    pp. 194-204