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Seufferheld, Manfredo J.; Scagnoli, Norma I. – E-Learning and Digital Media, 2011
The last decade has seen a great variety in the ways in which instructors have incorporated the World Wide Web into their traditional classroom courses; however, this combination has not always translated into changes or improvements in teaching and learning. The real challenge has proved to be not the addition of web resources to the traditional…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Science Curriculum
Redekopp, Reynold; Bourbonniere, Elizabeth – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
All teachers know them--the students who sit in the back of the room and never make a peep. If prodded, they may reluctantly offer a comment or opinion, but they are so obviously uncomfortable about participating that a teacher may wonder if it is even worth trying to engage them. Are they unprepared or just shy? Do they lack ideas or merely need…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Class Activities, Electronic Publishing, Student Attitudes
Warlick, David – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Personal learning networks (PLNs) are not new. People have long relied on their families, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances to supplement their knowledge about the world. But the times are changing. Information and communication technologies (ICT), including an ever-growing repertoire of open source applications, have freed content from the…
Descriptors: Internet, Social Networks, Technological Advancement, Technology Uses in Education
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Hou, Huei-Tse; Chang, Kuo-En; Sung, Yao-Ting – Interactive Learning Environments, 2009
The coming era of Web 2.0 focuses on users' active online participation and interaction. Among such interactive media, the blog is one representative tool of online knowledge construction. The purpose of this study is to explore the behavioral patterns and the depth of knowledge construction when using blogs for teachers' professional development.…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Interaction, Content Analysis, Professional Development
Ikpeze, Chinwe H. – Learning & Leading with Technology, 2009
Working to transform his classroom, fifth grade teacher John Blain of Buffalo (New York) public schools infused technology into his literature lessons by adding an online literature discussion to his more traditional classroom discussion. Students were assigned to read Kate DiCamillo's books "Because of Winn-Dixie" and "The Tiger…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Grade 5, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Topcu, Abdullah; Ubuz, Behiye – Educational Technology & Society, 2008
This present study aimed to investigate the effects of the asynchronous web-based "General Teaching Methods" course conducted based on direct or indirect instructional methods on pre-service teachers' achievement, metacognition, and attitudes towards web-based course. Two groups, a total of 63 third grade elementary science and mathematics…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Internet, Web Based Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Lowes, Susan – Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 2008
Online and face-to-face courses are often viewed and studied as two distinct worlds, but the social field of the teacher who teaches them may well include both, and both the teacher and the courses he or she teaches may be transformed by the movement from one environment to the other. Susan Lowes explores this two-way interaction between…
Descriptors: Conventional Instruction, Synchronous Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Virtual Classrooms
Hiltz, Starr Roxanne; Shea, Peter; Kim, Eunhee – Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 2007
What are the most significant factors that motivate and inhibit faculty with regard to teaching in online environments? And what are the specific kinds of experiences that underlie and explain the importance of these factors? One goal of this study was to add to understanding of these issues, but the primary purpose of this study is determining…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Focus Groups, Teacher Attitudes, College Faculty
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Xin, Cindy; Feenberg, Andrew – E-Learning, 2007
This article elaborates a model for understanding pedagogy in online educational forums. The model identifies four key components. Intellectual engagement describes the foreground cognitive processes of collaborative learning. Communication processes operating in the background accumulate an ever richer store of shared understandings that enable…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Communication, Motivation
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Hawkes, Mark – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2007
Using collaborative critical reflection as an index, this study examines the asynchronous and face-to-face discourse of 28 suburban Chicago elementary teachers developing problem based learning (PBL) curriculum. Statistical analysis of the corpus produced by the 2 mediums shows that the asynchronous online network emerges as the medium of choice…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Curriculum Design, Online Courses, Problem Based Learning
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Deryakulu, Deniz; Olkun, Sinan – Educational Technology & Society, 2007
This study, using content analysis technique, examined the types of job-related problems that the Turkish computer teachers experienced and the types of social support provided by reciprocal discussions in an online forum. Results indicated that role conflict, inadequate teacher induction policies, lack of required technological infrastructure and…
Descriptors: Technical Support, Feedback (Response), Social Support Groups, Informal Education
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Littlefield, Melissa B.; Bertera, Elizabeth M. – Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 2004
Online discussions can extend learning experiences beyond the time and space of the classroom, allowing students more time to process information, and an additional mode of expression for those who are less active in open classroom discussions. They may be especially appropriate for teaching sensitive or controversial subject matter such as…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Learning Experience, Social Work, Multicultural Education