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Chen, Ruey-Shin; Liu, I-Fan – Computers & Education, 2013
To strengthen the information technology skills of students living in remote areas, the Ministry of Education of Taiwan advocated the 2008 Country Development Plan to diminish the gap between urban and rural education development. This study proposes a hypothetical model to evaluate the effectiveness of the government policy in decreasing the…
Descriptors: Rural Urban Differences, Knowledge Level, Information Technology, Electronic Learning
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Aparicio, Fernando; De Buenaga, Manuel; Rubio, Margarita; Hernando, Asuncion – Computers & Education, 2012
In recent years there has been a shift in educational methodologies toward a student-centered approach, one which increasingly emphasizes the integration of computer tools and intelligent systems adopting different roles. In this paper we describe in detail the development of an Intelligent Information Access system used as the basis for producing…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Undergraduate Students, Medical Students, Higher Education
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Jyothi, Sujana; McAvinia, Claire; Keating, John – Computers & Education, 2012
Much research in recent years has focused on the introduction of virtual learning environments (VLEs) to universities, documenting practice, and sharing experience ([2], [9], [45] and [58]). Attention has been directed towards the importance of online dialogue for learning as a defining feature of the VLE. Communicative tools are an important…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Computer Mediated Communication, Research Methodology, Computer Software
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Loogma, Krista; Kruusvall, Juri; Umarik, Meril – Computers & Education, 2012
In this article, the acceptance of e-learning by teachers of vocational secondary and professional higher education institutions (hereafter: VET teachers) in Estonia has been analysed. The analysis is based on questionnaire study, carried out in 2007. The theoretical framework of the article has been inspired by Everett Rogers' innovation…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Innovation, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education
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Heilesen, Simon B. – Computers & Education, 2010
Podcasting may be an answer to some of the challenges to higher education to modernize, to open up, and to develop a competitive edge. However, over the years there have been many high claims for new technology, and not all of them have been redeemed. In terms of academic performance, it may therefore be asked if podcasting really is worth the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Longitudinal Studies, Educational Environment
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Waycott, Jenny; Bennett, Sue; Kennedy, Gregor; Dalgarno, Barney; Gray, Kathleen – Computers & Education, 2010
This paper reports qualitative findings from a study that investigated Australian university staff and students' perceptions and use of current and emerging technologies both in their daily lives and in teaching and learning contexts. Forty-six first-year students and 31 teaching and support staff from three Australian universities took part in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Educational Technology
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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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Nirmalakhandan, N. – Computers & Education, 2007
Recent research studies have reported on how novices and experts differ in storing, organizing, and retrieving subject matter knowledge and on how they apply their knowledge to solve new problems. These findings have been integrated and implemented in a computer environment to help novices improve their problem-solving skills. An outline of this…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Computer Assisted Instruction, Higher Education, Student Attitudes
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Saade, Raafat George; Kira, Dennis – Computers & Education, 2007
Computerphobic adults including first-year university students have been reported to range from 25% to 50%. Although self-reported computer anxiety has reduced in the past decade, it continues to be a significant issue for many. This is especially true for students of today where the stakes are high when using computers for their course work.…
Descriptors: Internet, Online Courses, Information Technology, Computer Attitudes
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Fiorina, Lorenzo; Antonietti, Alessandro; Colombo, Barbara; Bartolomeo, Annella – Computers & Education, 2007
There is a common assumption that hypermedia navigation is influenced by a learner's style of thinking, so people who are inclined to apply sequential and analytical strategies (left-thinkers) are thought to browse hypermedia in a linear way, whereas those who prefer holistic and intuitive strategies (right-thinkers) tend towards non-linear paths.…
Descriptors: Hypermedia, Cognitive Style, Prompting, Cues