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Research in Learning Technology Vol. 20, No. 1 (2012)
Evidence shows that engaged students perform better academically than disinterested students. Measurement of engagement with education is difficult and imprecise, especially in large student cohorts. Traditional measurements such as summary...
Innovations in Education and Teaching International Vol. 45, No. 2 (May 2008) pp. 103–113
A wide range of tools is now available to enable teaching practitioners to create web-based educational materials from PowerPoint presentations, adding a variety of different digital media, such as audio and animation. The pilot study described in...
Bioscience Education Vol. 10 (December 2007)
Podcasting (an automatic mechanism whereby multimedia computer files are transferred from a server to a client, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/podcast) is becoming increasingly popular in education. Although podcasts enable students and teachers to share...
To Cheat or Not to Cheat? A Trial of the JISC Plagiarism Detection Service with Biological Sciences Students
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education Vol. 32, No. 4 (August 2007) pp. 433–439
In the UK, there is great concern about the perceived increase in plagiarized work being submitted by students in higher educations. Although there is much debate, the reasons for the perceived change are not completely clear. Here we present the...
Bioscience Education Vol. 8 (November 2006)
Sophisticated software such as Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are rapidly being deployed by universities. Despite widespread use of such systems, experience shows that there is frequently poor pedagogic development, leading primarily to use of ...
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education Vol. 30, No. 6 (December 2005) pp. 633–640
Extended matching sets questions (EMSQs) are a form of multiple-choice question (MCQ) consisting of a stem (the question or scenario) with an extended number of possible answers. Although there is no consensus on their absolute format, for the...
Bioscience Education Vol. 5 (May 2005)
Most Virtual Learning Environments are designed to be simple to use by staff and students alike. We report a case study where this feature has led academic staff to reject formal centralised training and teach themselves how to use the system. What...
Reflection on-line or off-line: the role of learning technologies in encouraging students to reflect
Computers & Education Vol. 34, No. 3 (2000) pp. 309–320
This paper presents case studies that describe the experiences of the two authors in trying to use learning technologies to facilitate reflective thinking in their students. At the University of Leicester, a Web-based biology tutorial called ‘How...
Innovations in Education and Training International Vol. 36, No. 1 (1999) pp. 44–52
Discussion of problems involved in evaluating computer-assisted learning resources focuses on evaluation strategies for interactive tutorials on the World Wide Web that were developed at the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). The...