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Winter, Jennie; Cotton, Debby; Gavin, Joan; Yorke, Jon D. – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2010
This paper reports the findings of a small-scale study that documented the use of information technology for learning by a small group of postgraduate students. Our findings support current knowledge about characteristics displayed by effective e-learners, but also highlight a less researched but potentially important issue in developing…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Graduate Students, Learning Activities, Information Technology
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Peacock, Susi; Robertson, Ann; Williams, Sarah; Clausen, Maria Giatsi – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2009
This article explores how the role of learning technologists, a professional group that has emerged during the last 15 to 20 years, may be diversifying to include supporting e-research. It contributes to the current debate about the emerging profession and the roles it should play in contemporary higher education. Previous studies have shown that,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Focus Groups, Case Studies, Educational Environment
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Middleton, Andrew John; Mather, Richard – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2008
The educational value of Immersive Virtual Worlds (IVWs) seems to be in their social immersive qualities and as an accessible simulation technology. In contrast to these synchronous applications this paper discusses the use of educational machinima developed in IVW virtual film sets. It also introduces the concept of media intervention, proposing…
Descriptors: Intervention, Educational Technology, Internet, Educational Media
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Good, Judith; Howland, Katherine; Thackray, Liz – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2008
There is a growing use of immersive virtual environments for educational purposes. However, much of this activity is not yet documented in the public domain, or is descriptive rather than analytical. This paper presents a case study in which university students were tasked with building an interactive learning experience using Second Life as a…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Virtual Classrooms, Learning Experience, Internet
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Barnes, Cameron; Tynan, Belinda – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2007
This paper looks at the implications of Web 2.0 technologies for university teaching and learning. The latest generation of undergraduates already live in a Web 2.0 world. They have new service expectations and are increasingly dissatisfied with teacher-centred pedagogies. To attract and retain these students, universities will need to rethink…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Learning Theories
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Cooper, Martyn – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2006
Based on the authors' reflections on experience working at the Open University, approaches to making online learning accessible to disabled students are considered. The considerations are applicable to all concerned with online learning and indeed anyone seeking to trade, disseminate information and mediate services online. In reflecting on the…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Electronic Learning, Disabilities, Internet
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Sloan, David; Stratford, John; Gregor, Peter – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2006
As educators' awareness of their responsibilities towards ensuring the accessibility of the learning environment to disabled students increases, significant debate surrounds the implications of accessibility requirements on educational multimedia. There would appear to be widespread concern that the fundamental principles of creating accessible…
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Environment, Multimedia Materials
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Phipps, Lawrie; Kelly, Brian – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2006
The importance of accessibility to digital e-learning resources is widely acknowledged. The World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative has played a leading role in promoting the importance of accessibility and developing guidelines that can help when developing accessible web resources. The accessibility of e-learning resources…
Descriptors: Guides, Models, Educational Principles, Case Studies
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Smith, Janice; Oliver, Martin – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2005
The aim of this paper is to show how information literacy can be conceptualised as a key learning process related to discipline and academic maturity, rather than as a generic skill. Results of a small-scale study including questionnaires and observation of student behaviour are reported and analysed in relation to Bruce's "seven faces of…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Student Attitudes, Learning Processes, Student Behavior
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Smith, Janice – ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 2005
This year sees the 40th anniversary of the first policy paper regarding the use of computers in higher education in the United Kingdom. The publication of this paper represented the beginning of the field of learning technology research and practice in higher education. In the past 40 years, policy has at various points drawn from different…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Educational History, Educational Policy