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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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Peters, Vanessa L.; Hewitt, Jim – Computers & Education, 2010
This study investigated the online practices of students enrolled in graduate-level distance education courses. Using interviews and a questionnaire as data sources, the study sought to: (a) identify common practices that students adopt in asynchronous discussions, and (b) gain an understanding of why students adopt them. An analysis of the data…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Coping, Educational Technology, Student Behavior
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Petrakou, Alexandra – Computers & Education, 2010
This paper studies how a virtual world is utilised as a learning environment in an online course in higher education. The aim is to explore how this setting currently facilitates online education, and to identify those issues of interactivity that are essential in this context. The study builds on an ethnographic approach and data were collected…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
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Duan, Yanqing; He, Qile; Feng, Weizhe; Li, Daoliang; Fu, Zetian – Computers & Education, 2010
This research aims to examine, from an innovation adoption perspective, Chinese students' intention of taking up e-learning degrees. A survey of Chinese students was conducted to reveal their perceptions concerning innovation attributes relevant to e-learning and their intentions of taking e-learning programmes provided by UK universities. Given…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Intention, Innovation, Foreign Countries
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Le, Ada; Joordens, Steve; Chrysostomou, Sophie; Grinnell, Raymond – Computers & Education, 2010
At the University of Toronto at Scarborough, we provide enhanced flexibility to our students using a blended-learning approach (i.e., the webOption) whereby students can attend lectures live, watch them online at their convenience, or both. The current research examines the use of pause and seeks features afforded by the webOption interface and…
Descriptors: Learning Strategies, Calculus, Lecture Method, Instructional Effectiveness
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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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Chen, Pu-Shih Daniel; Lambert, Amber D.; Guidry, Kevin R. – Computers & Education, 2010
Widespread use of the Web and other Internet technologies in postsecondary education has exploded in the last 15 years. Using a set of items developed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the researchers utilized the hierarchical linear model (HLM) and multiple regressions to investigate the impact of Web-based learning technology…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses, Internet
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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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McKinney, Dani; Dyck, Jennifer L.; Luber, Elise S. – Computers & Education, 2009
iTunes University, a website with downloadable educational podcasts, can provide students the opportunity to obtain professors' lectures when students are unable to attend class. To determine the effectiveness of audio lectures in higher education, undergraduate general psychology students participated in one of two conditions. In the lecture…
Descriptors: Psychology, Lecture Method, Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
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Wang, Wei-Tsong; Wang, Chun-Chieh – Computers & Education, 2009
For years, web-based learning systems have been widely employed in both educational and non-educational institutions. Although web-based learning systems are emerging as a useful tool for facilitating teaching and learning activities, the number of users is not increasing as fast as expected. This study develops an integrated model of instructor…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Distance Education, Schools, Information Systems
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Dalgarno, Barney; Bishop, Andrea G.; Adlong, William; Bedgood, Danny R., Jr. – Computers & Education, 2009
Many have argued that interactive 3D virtual environments have great educational potential due to their ability to engage learners in the exploration, construction and manipulation of virtual objects, structures and metaphorical representations of ideas. Although learning benefits have been demonstrated in research settings, and substantial usage…
Descriptors: Distance Education, On Campus Students, Familiarity, Chemistry
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Stephenson, Julia E.; Brown, Clifford; Griffin, Darren K. – Computers & Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to consider the efficacy and popularity of "Virtual Lectures" (text-based, structured electronic courseware with information presented in manageable "chunks", interaction and multimedia) and "e-Lectures" (on-screen synchrony of PowerPoint slides and recorded voice) as alternatives to traditional lectures. We…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Reaction, Genetics, Lecture Method
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Palmer, Stuart – Computers & Education, 2007
A recent television documentary on the Columbia space shuttle disaster was converted to streaming digital video format for educational use by on- and off-campus students in an engineering management study unit examining issues in professional engineering ethics. An evaluation was conducted to assess the effectiveness of this new resource. Use of…
Descriptors: On Campus Students, Engineering, Ethics, Administrator Education
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Motiwalla, Luvai F. – Computers & Education, 2007
Wireless data communications in form of Short Message Service (SMS) and Wireless Access Protocols (WAP) browsers have gained global popularity, yet, not much has been done to extend the usage of these devices in electronic learning (e-learning). This project explores the extension of e-learning into wireless/handheld (W/H) computing devices with…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Computers
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Beyth-Marom, Ruth; Chajut, Eran; Roccas, Sonia; Sagiv, Lilach – Computers & Education, 2003
Factors related to students' selection of Internet-assisted vs. traditional distance learning environments (IDL vs. TDL) at the Open University of Israel were investigated. The two groups differed in their demographic variables, academic achievements and value priorities. The IDL group had a higher percentage of males, and a different age…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Grade Point Average, Distance Education, Academic Achievement