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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Campbell, Madeline – Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2018
A key educational objective for the twenty-first century is developing students' epistemic agency. Epistemic agency is the active process of choosing when, what, where one learns and how one knows, as well as the capacity to create knowledge in a community. The knowledge-building communities model developed by Scardamalia and Bereiter was used in…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Epistemology, Grade 12, Art History
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Smith, Lee – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2018
In 2014, we investigated how socio-demographic factors such as gender, teaching disciplines, teaching experience and academic seniority were related to the perception and use of digital mobile technologies in learning and teaching of a group of university teachers from one research-intensive university in New Zealand. Three hundred and eight…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Smith, Lee A. – Innovative Higher Education, 2018
Little research has been conducted in higher education settings that focuses on how tertiary educators understand informal learning or on their role in fostering students' informal learning to facilitate formal learning. In this article we partially fill this knowledge gap by reporting findings from a case study exploring how 30 New Zealand…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Informal Education, Teaching Methods
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Smith, Lee A. – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2017
In 2013, we undertook research in a New Zealand University to gain insights into students' understandings of informal learning, its connection to formal learning and how they engaged in informal learning using digital and mobile technologies. A total of 765 students (postgraduate, undergraduate and first-year students) completed a questionnaire.…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Case Studies
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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Distance Education, 2017
A supportive online learning environment entails teachers using effective pedagogical practices to meet the needs of their students and developing a positive teacher-student relationship to foster learner motivation and engagement. This paper reports a study investigating how 32 secondary teachers in New Zealand taught their online distance…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Secondary School Teachers
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Hong, Kian-Sam – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2015
As digital technologies form an inextricable part of young people's everyday lives, some commentators claim that the current generation of learners think and learn differently from their predecessors. This study investigated the validity of this claim by surveying 799 undergraduate and 81 postgraduate students at a large research-intensive…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students
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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Studies in Higher Education, 2015
This paper documents a study investigating co-construction of knowledge by doctoral students in an online learning community. In this study 12 students participated in the coursework and thesis proposal development stages of a doctoral program offered by a research-intensive university in New Zealand. Socio-cultural and social constructivist…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research and Development, Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs
Lai, Kwok-Wing – Teaching and Learning Research Initiative, 2014
In 2012-2013, sixteen senior secondary classes participated in this study, with eight of them being distance classes. Approximately 220 Year 11-13 students and 8 teachers took part in this study. This project aimed at designing and evaluating a computer-supported knowledge building community in senior secondary classes. Researchers sought to…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement
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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2011
This paper discusses how the use of digital technologies may support a shift of cultural practices in teaching and learning, to better meet the needs of 21st century higher education learners. A brief discussion of the changing needs of the learners is provided, followed by a review of the overall impact of digital technologies on teaching and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Informal Education, Learning Experience
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Pratt, Keryn – Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2009
Nine New Zealand secondary schools participated in the OtagoNet project, using videoconferencing technologies to deliver courses to multiple sites. This paper reports findings from a study conducted between 2001 and 2004 to evaluate the effectiveness of OtagoNet. It was found that videoconferencing technology had a significant impact on pedagogy…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Teaching Styles, Distance Education, Interaction
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Pratt, Keryn – Computers in the Schools, 2008
A key question for educational researchers is whether information and communication technology (ICT) use enhances teaching and learning. In this paper, the authors report findings from a three-year study (2001-2004) investigating teaching and learning effects of ICT use in 26 secondary schools in New Zealand as perceived by teachers. The most…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Teachers
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Penman, Merrolee; Lai, Kwok-Wing – Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 2003
The use of the Internet to deliver courses at tertiary level is growing steadily, with the Internet being seen as the ideal solution to a range of issues facing educators in the 21st century. However, little is known as how best to use synchronous communication to support students' learning. This paper documents a New Zealand tertiary course…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Internet, Occupational Therapy
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Lai, Kwok-Wing; Trewern, Ann; Pratt, Keryn – Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 2002
Describes a study conducted in New Zealand that investigated factors affecting the use of technology in secondary schools. Focuses on the leadership role of the ICT (information and communication technology) coordinators, suggests that they could be agents of change to provide professional development, and discusses barriers to effective…
Descriptors: Change Agents, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Leadership
Lai, Kwok-Wing – 1989
This study investigated the educational implications of having a group of 17 first-year New Zealand nursing students develop a medical expert system. Goals of the study were to determine whether, in the process of developing the expert system, the learners could: (1) acquire a more in-depth understanding of the specific subject domain under study…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Cognitive Processes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Expert Systems
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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1993
Thirteen 8- to 10-year-old students participated in a Lego-LOGO learning environment, coupling Lego building-block activities with Logo computer programming, to evaluate whether this learning environment was conducive to metacognitive awareness and cooperation. Results suggested positive cognitive and affective outcomes, especially for the younger…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Cooperative Learning
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