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Yang, C.; Chang, Y. -S. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2012
Blogs have been increasingly used to supplement traditional classroom lectures in higher education. This paper explores the use of blogs, and how student attitudes towards online peer interaction and peer learning, as well as motivation to learn from peers, may differ when using the blog comments feature, and when students are encouraged to read…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Undergraduate Students, Electronic Publishing, Academic Achievement
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Huang, Y-H.; Lo, Y-F. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2012
This study presents a new perspective to facilitate learner-centred weblog evaluation, based on content attractiveness, blogging support, and the value-added service construct. A mixed method, combining fishbone diagram, fuzzy logic techniques, and the analytic hierarchy process, was conducted to identify further the criteria that attract bloggers…
Descriptors: Evaluation, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Computer Mediated Communication
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Friesen, N.; Lowe, S. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2012
Facebook and other social media have been hailed as delivering the promise of new, socially engaged educational experiences for students in undergraduate, self-directed, and other educational sectors. A theoretical and historical analysis of these media in the light of earlier media transformations, however, helps to situate and qualify this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Electronic Learning, Television
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Jimoyiannis, A.; Angelaina, S. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2012
Educational blogs are currently gaining in popularity in schools and higher education institutions, and they are widely promoted as collaborative tools supporting students' active learning. However, literature review on educational blogging revealed a lack of a complete and consistent framework for studying and assessing students' engagement and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Active Learning, Learner Engagement, Communities of Practice
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Petrucco, C. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2011
Building ontology in the domain of human sciences can be a difficult process because of the different meanings given to the same key concepts in these disciplines: in fact, shared meaning is an important element in knowledge construction between members of a community. In this paper, we propose a participatory social environment called…
Descriptors: Expertise, Communities of Practice, Social Environment, Teacher Education
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Naismith, L.; Lee, B.-H.; Pilkington, R. M. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2011
This paper investigates the potential of a wiki (FlexWiki) to support collaborative authoring of web resources in authentic coursework by two different sets of education students at different stages of their professional development. Research questions included: (1) how the selected wiki could be blended with curriculum activities and existing…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Cooperative Learning, Group Dynamics, Education Courses
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Junco, R.; Heiberger, G.; Loken, E. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2011
Despite the widespread use of social media by students and its increased use by instructors, very little empirical evidence is available concerning the impact of social media use on student learning and engagement. This paper describes our semester-long experimental study to determine if using Twitter--the microblogging and social networking…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Class Activities
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Palaigeorgiou, G.; Triantafyllakos, G.; Tsinakos, A. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2011
Following the increasing calls for a more skeptical analysis of web 2.0 and the empowerment of learners' voices in formulating upcoming technologies, this paper elaborates on the participatory design of a web learning environment. A total of 117 undergraduate students from two Greek Informatics Departments participated in 25 participatory design…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Clark, W.; Logan, K.; Luckin, R.; Mee, A.; Oliver, M. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
Boundaries between formal and informal learning settings are shaped by influences beyond learners' control. This can lead to the proscription of some familiar technologies that learners may like to use from some learning settings. This contested demarcation is not well documented. In this paper, we introduce the term "digital dissonance" to…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Educational Practices, Educational Environment, Questionnaires
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Sharples, M.; Graber, R.; Harrison, C.; Logan, K. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
This paper reports findings from a survey and interviews with children aged 11-16 years, teachers and parents on their attitudes to e-safety in relation to social networking and media creation (Web 2.0) and their practices at school and at home. The results showed that 74% of the children surveyed have used social network (SN) sites and that a…
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Social Networks, Children, Adolescents
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Pachler, N.; Daly, C. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
This paper investigates the impact of Web. 2.0 technologies on the ways learning can be conceived of as a narrative process within contemporary contexts, using blogs as an illustrative example. It is premised on the concept of narrative as a way in which individuals represent and organize experience in order to learn from it and make it shareable…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Web Sites
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Hemmi, A.; Bayne, S.; Land, R. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
This paper presents some of the findings from a recent project that conducted a virtual ethnographic study of three formal courses in higher education that use "Web 2.0" or social technologies for learning and teaching. It describes the pedagogies adopted within these courses, and goes on to explore some key themes emerging from the research and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Ethnography, Social Networks, Teaching Methods
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Moskaliuk, J.; Kimmerle, J.; Cress, U. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
This study describes the empirical test of a theoretical model of knowledge building with wikis that was recently introduced by Cress and Kimmerle. The underlying assumption of this model is that both learning (as an internal, individual process) and knowledge building (as the creation of public knowledge) are based on the interplay between an…
Descriptors: Models, Learning Processes, Learning Theories, Educational Experiments
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Kerawalla, L.; Minocha, S.; Kirkup, G.; Conole, G. – Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 2009
We report on a study involving Masters-level students who blogged as a part of a distance-learning course at the Open University, UK. We present an empirically-grounded framework that can be used to guide educators when they are considering blogging as part of their courses, and can be used by students' whose courses include blogging activities.…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Open Universities, Distance Education