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Cilliers, Charmain B. – Computers & Education, 2012
Employers of computing graduates have high expectations of graduates in terms of soft skills, the most desirable of these being communication skills. Not only must the graduates exhibit writing skills, but they are expected to be highly proficient therein. The consequence of this expectation is not only performance pressure exerted on the…
Descriptors: Intervention, Student Attitudes, Programming, Writing Skills
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Goktas, Yuksel; Demirel, Turgay – Computers & Education, 2012
Blogs are used as a technology support tool in teaching-learning processes in contemporary schools, especially in higher education. This paper examines the effects of using blogs on prospective teachers' perceived ICT competencies and perceptions in blog-enhanced ICT courses. Both quantitative and qualitative research approaches were used in the…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Qualitative Research, Electronic Publishing, Preservice Teacher Education
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Warin, Bruno; Kolski, Christophe; Sagar, Mouldi – Computers & Education, 2011
The changing profile of students, the expectations of business and the capabilities offered by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) makes it necessary to change teaching practices, particularly in higher education. This paper proposes a methodological framework destined to force disciplinary course modules to evolve in order to…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Psychology, Case Studies, Teaching Methods
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Hainey, Thomas; Connolly, Thomas M.; Stansfield, Mark; Boyle, Elizabeth A. – Computers & Education, 2011
A highly important part of software engineering education is requirements collection and analysis which is one of the initial stages of the Database Application Lifecycle and arguably the most important stage of the Software Development Lifecycle. No other conceptual work is as difficult to rectify at a later stage or as damaging to the overall…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Computer Software, Engineering
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Yeh, Yu-chu; Huang, Ling-yi; Yeh, Yi-ling – Computers & Education, 2011
The purposes of this study were (1) to develop a teacher training program that integrates knowledge management (KM) and blended learning and examine its effects on pre-service teachers' professional development in creativity instruction; and (2) to explore the mechanisms underlying the success of such KM-based training. The employed KM model was…
Descriptors: Knowledge Management, Feedback (Response), Creativity, Group Discussion
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AbuSeileek, Ali Farhan – Computers & Education, 2011
This study investigated the effect of gloss presentation in different text locations whilst participants read EFL texts in a hypermedia environment. Seventy-eight undergraduate EFL learners read and summarized seven texts and completed a vocabulary assessment. The number of propositions recalled in each summary was recorded. The data suggest that…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Wang, Tiantian; Su, Xiaohong; Ma, Peijun; Wang, Yuying; Wang, Kuanquan – Computers & Education, 2011
Learning to program is a difficult process for novice programmers. AutoLEP, an automated learning and assessment system, was developed by us, to aid novice programmers to obtain programming skills. AutoLEP is ability-training-oriented. It adopts a novel assessment mechanism, which combines static analysis with dynamic testing to analyze student…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Program Effectiveness, Learning Experience
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Vernadakis, Nikolaos; Antoniou, Panagiotis; Giannousi, Maria; Zetou, Eleni; Kioumourtzoglou, Efthimis – Computers & Education, 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a hybrid learning approach to deliver a computer science course concerning the Microsoft office PowerPoint 2003 program in comparison to delivering the same course content in the form of traditional lectures. A hundred and seventy-two first year university students were randomly…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Undergraduate Students, Statistical Analysis, Lecture Method
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Efendioglu, Akin; Yelken, Tugba Yanpar – Computers & Education, 2010
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of two different methods on primary school teacher candidates' academic achievements and attitudes toward computer-based education, and to define their views on these methods. Both the first experimental group, programmed instruction (PI), and the second experimental group, meaningful…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Experimental Groups, Teaching Methods, Preservice Teacher Education
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Arbaugh, J. B. – Computers & Education, 2010
This study examined faculty characteristics and behaviors in 46 MBA courses conducted over a two-year period. We found that both formal instructor activities, referred to in the online learning literature as teaching presence, and informal instructor activities, known as immediacy behaviors, were positive predictors of student perceived learning…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Internet, Teacher Role, Business Administration Education
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Law, Kris M. Y.; Lee, Victor C. S.; Yu, Y. T. – Computers & Education, 2010
Computer programming skills constitute one of the core competencies that graduates from many disciplines, such as engineering and computer science, are expected to possess. Developing good programming skills typically requires students to do a lot of practice, which cannot sustain unless they are adequately motivated. This paper reports a…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Undergraduate Students, Self Efficacy, Learning Motivation
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Monteserin, Ariel; Schiaffino, Silvia; Amandi, Analia – Computers & Education, 2010
In CSCL systems, students who are solving problems in group have to negotiate with each other by exchanging proposals and arguments in order to resolve the conflicts and generate a shared solution. In this context, argument construction assistance is necessary to facilitate reaching to a consensus. This assistance is usually provided with isolated…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Problem Solving, Cooperative Learning, Artificial Intelligence
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Chou, Chien; Peng, Hsinyi; Chang, Chun-Yu – Computers & Education, 2010
This study explores the interactivity of course-management systems (CMSs). First, this study reviews the concepts of interactivity, interactivity dimension, and interaction type on the basis of related theories and studies. Second, this study analyzes the interactive functions attributable to the six major CMSs in Taiwan colleges and universities,…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Instructional Design, Student Attitudes, Interaction
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Baturay, Meltem Huri; Bay, Omer Faruk – Computers & Education, 2010
Web-based education as an alternative to face-to-face teaching is now being extended as an application to higher education. Much effort is undertaken to provide multimedia rich, attractive content to learners. While the use of multimedia technologies has a noticeable effect on students' learning, so does the selected teaching methodology.…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Control Groups, Distance Education, Business Administration Education
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Fernandez, Vicenc; Simo, Pep; Sallan, Jose M. – Computers & Education, 2009
The literature has frequently highlighted the usefulness of podcasting in higher education; however, there is an important gap between the theory on good practice in higher education and empirical studies about podcasting. With this in mind, we carried out an empirical study on an undergraduate degree course in Information Systems Management. The…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Study
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