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Daniel, David B.; Woody, William Douglas – Computers & Education, 2013
While e-book sales continue to increase, electronic textbooks are not very popular with college students. This may be due to the fact that e-textbooks are read for different reasons and with different strategies than are e-books. Although previous research has documented this lack of preference for e-textbooks, student performance and use of…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Textbooks, Printed Materials, Preferences
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Rockinson- Szapkiw, Amanda J.; Courduff, Jennifer; Carter, Kimberly; Bennett, David – Computers & Education, 2013
University students are increasingly choosing to purchase e-textbooks for their mobile devices as an alternative to traditional textbooks. This study examines the relationship between textbook format and 538 university students' grades and perceived learning scores. Results demonstrate that there was no difference in cognitive learning and grades…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Learning, Electronic Publishing, Printed Materials
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Marshall, Neil; Buteau, Chantal; Jarvis, Daniel H.; Lavicza, Zsolt – Computers & Education, 2012
We present a comparative study of a literature review of 326 selected contributions (Buteau, Marshall, Jarvis & Lavicza, 2010) to an international (US, UK, Hungary) survey of mathematicians (Lavicza, 2008) regarding the use of Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) in post-secondary mathematics education. The comparison results are organized with respect…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Numeracy, Technology Integration, Foreign Countries
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Wood, Eileen; Zivcakova, Lucia; Gentile, Petrice; Archer, Karin; De Pasquale, Domenica; Nosko, Amanda – Computers & Education, 2012
The purpose of the present study was to examine the impact of multi-tasking with digital technologies while attempting to learn from real-time classroom lectures in a university setting. Four digitally-based multi-tasking activities (texting using a cell-phone, emailing, MSN messaging and Facebook[TM]) were compared to 3 control groups…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Technology, Higher Education, Written Language
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van Rooij, Shahron Williams – Computers & Education, 2011
Successful adoption of new teaching and learning technologies in higher education requires the consensus of two sub-cultures, namely the technologist sub-culture and the academic sub-culture. This paper examines trends in adoption of open source software (OSS) for teaching and learning by comparing the results of a 2009 survey of 285 Chief…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Technology, Deans, Open Source Technology
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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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Dominguez, Cesar; Jaime, Arturo – Computers & Education, 2010
This paper describes an active method for database design learning through practical tasks development by student teams in a face-to-face course. This method integrates project-based learning, and project management techniques and tools. Some scaffolding is provided at the beginning that forms a skeleton that adapts to a great variety of…
Descriptors: Database Design, Student Projects, Attendance, Active Learning
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See, Lai-Chu; Huang, Yu-Hsun; Chang, Yi-Hu; Chiu, Yeo-Ju; Chen, Yi-Fen; Napper, Vicki S. – Computers & Education, 2010
This study examines the timing using computer-enriched instruction (CEI), before or after a traditional lecture to determine cross-over effect, period effect, and learning effect arising from sequencing of instruction. A 2 x 2 cross-over design was used with CEI to teach central limit theorem (CLT). Two sequences of graduate students in nursing…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Computer Assisted Instruction, Electronic Learning, Scores
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Trundle, Kathy Cabe; Bell, Randy L. – Computers & Education, 2010
This mixed-methods investigation compared the effectiveness of three instructional approaches in achieving desired conceptual change among early childhood preservice teachers (n = 157). Each of the three treatments employed inquiry-based instruction on moon phases using data collected from: (1) the planetarium software program, Starry Night[TM],…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Computer Simulation, Astronomy
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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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Gialamas, Vasilis; Nikolopoulou, Kleopatra – Computers & Education, 2010
This paper regards a comparative study which investigates in-service and pre-service Greek early childhood teachers' views and intentions about integrating and using computers in early childhood settings. Views and intentions were investigated via a questionnaire administered to 240 in-service and 428 pre-service early childhood teachers.…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Self Efficacy, Factor Structure, Young Children
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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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Siozos, Panagiotis; Palaigeorgiou, George; Triantafyllakos, George; Despotakis, Theofanis – Computers & Education, 2009
In this paper, we identify key challenges faced by computer-based assessment (CBA) in secondary education and we put forward a framework of design considerations: design with the students and teachers, select the most appropriate media platform and plan an evolution rather than a revolution of prior practices. We present the CBA application…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Educational Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Undergraduate Students
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Savoy, April; Proctor, Robert W.; Salvendy, Gavriel – Computers & Education, 2009
The benefit of PowerPoint[TM] is continuously debated, but both supporters and detractors have insufficient empirical evidence. Its use in university lectures has influenced investigations of PowerPoint's effects on student performance (e.g., overall quiz/exam scores) in comparison to lectures based on overhead projectors, traditional lectures…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Retention (Psychology), Computer Software, Instructional Effectiveness
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Eroz-Tuga, Betil; Sadler, Randall – Computers & Education, 2009
This article presents a critical comparison of the usefulness and practicality of six CMC video chat tools (CUworld, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Paltalk, Skype, and Yahoo Messenger) from the perspective of language teaching professionals. This comparison is based on the results of a semester-long project between graduate students at an American university…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Second Language Learning, Criticism, Foreign Countries
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