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De Smet, Marijke; Van Keer, Hilde; De Wever, Bram; Valcke, Martin – Computers & Education, 2010
This study was conducted in an authentic university setting with fourth-year Educational Sciences' students operating as online peer tutors to facilitate freshman tutees' online collaboration and knowledge construction in a blended "Instructional Sciences" course. Taking into account prior research uncovering weaknesses in online peer tutor…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Self Efficacy, Discussion Groups, Tutor Training
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Seale, Jane; Cooper, Martyn – Computers & Education, 2010
This paper reviews a range of accessibility tools and evaluates how successful they have been in helping teachers in higher education and further education develop accessible e-learning materials and activities for disabled learners. It is argued that these accessibility specific tools have had limited success to date, and that there may therefore…
Descriptors: Multimedia Materials, Computer Assisted Instruction, Learning Disabilities, Electronic Learning
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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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Yeh, Yu-Fang; Chen, Mei-Chi; Hung, Pi-Hsia; Hwang, Gwo-Jen – Computers & Education, 2010
Self-explanation prompts are considered to be an important form of scaffolding in the comprehension of complex multimedia materials. However, there is little theoretical understanding to date of self-explaining prompt formats tailored to different expertise levels of learners to help them fully exploit the advantages of dynamic…
Descriptors: Animation, Undergraduate Students, Educational Environment, Outcomes of Education
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Hamilton, John; Tee, Singwhat – Computers & Education, 2010
This empirical research surveys first year tertiary business students across different campuses regarding their perceived views concerning traditional, blended and flexible instructional approaches. A structural equation modeling approach shows traditional instructional modes deliver lower levels of student-perceived learning quality, learning…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, Learning Experience, Teaching Methods, Higher Education
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Ebner, Martin; Lienhardt, Conrad; Rohs, Matthias; Meyer, Iris – Computers & Education, 2010
Microblogging is one of the latest Web 2.0 technologies. The key elements are online communication using 140 characters and the fact that it involves "following" anyone. There has been a great deal of excitement about this in recent months. This paper reports on a research study that was carried out on the use of a microblogging platform…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Informal Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Foreign Countries
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Hawi, N. – Computers & Education, 2010
The purpose of this research is to identify the causal attributions of business computing students in an introductory computer programming course, in the computer science department at Notre Dame University, Louaize. Forty-five male and female undergraduates who completed the computer programming course that extended for a 13-week semester…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Undergraduate Students, Academic Achievement, Learning Strategies
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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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Hamuy, Eduardo; Galaz, Mirtha – Computers & Education, 2010
Web resources in Latin American higher education institutions have been reported to show a much stronger emphasis on Information than on Communication. A Course Management System (CMS), according to Social Constructivism framework, is an opportunity for fostering learning through interaction in a virtual environment for learning; hence,…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Higher Education, Interaction, Virtual Classrooms
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Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Yang, Tzu-Chi; Tsai, Chin-Chung; Yang, Stephen J. H. – Computers & Education, 2009
Context-aware ubiquitous learning (u-learning) is an innovative approach that integrates wireless, mobile, and context-awareness technologies to detect the situation of learners in the real world and provide adaptive support or guidance accordingly. In this paper, a context-aware u-learning environment is developed for guiding inexperienced…
Descriptors: Biotechnology, Educational Environment, Science Experiments, Higher Education
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Sancho-Thomas, Pilar; Fuentes-Fernandez, Ruben; Fernandez-Manjon, Baltasar – Computers & Education, 2009
University courses about computer programming usually seek to provide students not only with technical knowledge, but also with the skills required to work in real-life software projects. Nowadays, the development of software applications requires the coordinated efforts of the members of one or more teams. Therefore, it is important for software…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Dropout Rate, Computer Assisted Instruction, Problem Based Learning
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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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Macedo-Rouet, Monica; Ney, Muriel; Charles, Sandrine; Lallich-Boidin, Genevieve – Computers & Education, 2009
The use of computers to deliver course-related materials is rapidly expanding in most universities. Yet the effects of computer vs. printed delivery modes on students' performance and motivation are not yet fully known. We compared the impacts of Web vs. paper to deliver practice quizzes that require information search in lecture notes. Hundred…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Notetaking, Tests, Lecture Method
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King, Samuel O.; Robinson, Carol L. – Computers & Education, 2009
University classes in Mathematics are traditionally perceived to be uninspiring and devoid of active student-lecturer communication. Large undergraduate classes further compound the difficulty of engaging students and enabling viable student-lecturer feedback. At the Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University, some staff members have…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Voting
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