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Wiggins, Andrea – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Citizen science projects involve the public with scientists in collaborative research. Information and communication technologies for citizen science can enable massive virtual collaborations based on voluntary contributions by diverse participants. As the popularity of citizen science increases, scientists need a more thorough understanding of…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Citizen Participation, Observation, Ecology
Rzemyk, Thomas J. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Despite widespread acknowledgement that Internet access in libraries and schools is filtered, the effects of that filtering on faculty who must utilize such a system for research, teaching, and curriculum development in American higher education are not known. This qualitative case study explored faculty experiences of Internet filtering in terms…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Online Searching, Search Strategies
Witt, Karl Jerome – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This study explores the perceptions of professional counselors who provide avatar-based services in multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) and their descriptions of those services. Using a virtual micro-ethnographic design, the principal investigator interviewed counselors (N=5) licensed or certified to practice in their geographic location about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Therapy, Counselors, Whites
Ryder, LanHui – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Research has shown that simply linking learners from different countries using technology does not automatically bring about learning benefits; instead it frequently ends in tensions that, if not addressed, could potentially hinder learning. Using the lens of Vygotsky-inspired sociocultural theory, activity theory, and Engestrom's activity systems…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Activities, Cultural Awareness, Content Analysis
Durley, Hui-Chen – ProQuest LLC, 2011
This study explores professional learning of teachers in a web-based Open-Ended Learning Environment (OELE). Adult learning theorists suggest that adults are self-directed, experience-based, personally- and socially-related, problem-oriented, and application-focused learners. Constructivists suggest that the OELE affords learners opportunities to…
Descriptors: Protocol Analysis, Learning Processes, Educational Environment, Internet
Specht, Jennifer A. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
After an examination of the current issues related to the shortages of nurses and nursing faculty in the United States, the importance of facilitating the transition of interested nurse clinicians into their roles as nurse educators in order to address the decreased number of nurses and nursing faculty became apparent. Mentoring in nursing…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Nurses, Role Conflict, Figurative Language
Tran, Tan M. – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Web-based learning progresses as access to the Internet grows. As learners and educators in virtual learning communities, we strive for ways to measure how well teachers teach and learners learn. While the literature is replete with articles and books discussing online learning from the perspective of social and teaching presence, there are few…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Course Content
Ray, Laurie – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The intent of this research was to describe school-based physical therapists in North Carolina (NC) and examine relationships between personality traits of this group, their job satisfaction and their perception of factors that influence decisions to remain at or leave their jobs. School-based physical therapists across NC (n=97) anonymously…
Descriptors: Physical Therapy, Allied Health Personnel, Educational Environment, Personality Traits
Alyahya, Dalia Mohammed – ProQuest LLC, 2011
The expansion of the Internet and online learning around the globe makes it more important to understand the differences in website design among cultures. Furthermore, the members of educational institutions around the world rely on the Internet more than ever before in a variety of aspects. Also, web design differs from culture to culture. Saudi…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Web Sites, Cultural Differences
Amakye, Augustina – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Gender communication, an area of focus in the mass communication interdisciplinary field, is one that has continued to grow and expand since its inception. The mid 1970's thrust this communication focus into the research limelight with Lakoff's (1975) work on gendered language use. Since then, research in this area has matured to offer not only…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Females, News Reporting, Gender Differences
Rintel, E. Sean – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The limitations of home Internet connections make Personal Videoconferencing (PV) interaction vulnerable to network trouble. This dissertation explores how novice couples collaboratively manage PV network trouble so as to carry on their conversation. It is found that transmission/reception and their perturbations are material frames for…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Computer Networks, Teleconferencing, Cooperation
Kimura, Tadamasa – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The objective of this dissertation is to explore the socio-cultural contextualization of the digital divide in Japanese society. I undertake this task by developing a theoretical and methodological framework based on the notion of "culture as models," while explicating the cultural dimensions of the digital divide and the dynamics of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Computers, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction
Jeong, Bong-Keun – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Digital piracy and the emergence of new distribution channels have changed the dynamics of supply chain coordination and created many interesting problems. There has been increased attention to understanding the phenomenon of consumer piracy behavior and its impact on supply chain profitability. The purpose of this dissertation is to better…
Descriptors: Music, Delivery Systems, Internet, Electronic Publishing
Duhainy, Robert – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is increasingly common. Its use for specific applications has been mandated by a number of major retailers, as well as by the U.S. government; however, core RFID technologies and networks lack consistent approaches to maximize the efficiency and security of RFID applications. The purpose…
Descriptors: Patients, Social Change, Internet, Technology
Keenan, Daniel Stephen – ProQuest LLC, 2010
In 2005, over 100,000 e-Learning courses were offered in over half of all U.S. postsecondary education institutions with nearly 90% of all community colleges and four year institutions offering online education. Streaming video is commonplace across the internet offering seamless video and sound anywhere connectivity is available effectively…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Video Technology, Class Size, Student Attitudes
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