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Tobias, Sigmund; Fletcher, J. Dexter; Chen, Fei – Educational Technology, 2015
Digital games were reviewed as an emerging tool in educational technology. Factors such as instructional effectiveness, time on task, relationship to curricula, student socio-economic status, violence in games, and game mechanics were considered. Despite considerable variability among studies, larger overall effect sizes for the impact of games on…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Educational Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Time on Task
Gropper, George L. – Educational Technology, 2015
Proliferation of prescriptive models in an "engineering" field is not a sign of its maturity. Quite the opposite. Materials engineering, for example, meets the criterion of parsimony. Sadly, the very large number of models in "instructional design," putatively an engineering field, raises questions about its status. Can the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Models, Engineering, Research Needs
Nworie, John – Educational Technology, 2015
While successful instructional innovation is the result of efforts of individual faculty and instructional support staff, it is also influenced by institutional and contextual factors that include personal characteristics, pedagogies, curricula, and other tangible and intangible dynamics. These same forces can also work in concert to assure…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
Romiszowski, Alexander; Rushby, Nick – Educational Technology, 2015
The theme of this article is that educational technologists are particularly bad at remembering the lessons from the past. We fail to remember what went before--whether the projects were successes or failures. This article explores why this might be, why in particular we fail to profit from failures, and what steps we might take to help…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, History, Memory, Educational Research
Lin, Lin; Ross, Haj; O'Connor, Brian; Spector, J. Michael – Educational Technology, 2015
An interdisciplinary approach from linguistics, information sciences, learning sciences, and educational technology is used to explore the concept of information. Several key issues are highlighted, including: (1) learning language through meaning or probability; (2) the situational difference between message and meaning; (3) relationship between…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Concept Teaching, Educational Technology, Information Science
Tseng, Sheng-Shiang – Educational Technology, 2015
Developing students' critical-thinking skills has recently received attention at all levels of education. This article proposes the use of concept-mapping tools to improve students' critical-thinking skills. The article introduces a Web-based concept-mapping tool--Popplet--and demonstrates its application for teaching critical-thinking skills in…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Critical Thinking, Web Based Instruction, Thinking Skills
Christensen, Steven S.; Andrews, Carolyn; Harris, Scott P.; Lloyd, Adam; Turley, Chad; West, Richard E. – Educational Technology, 2015
This study examined the journal "Interactive Learning Environments" to discover trends from 2004-2013. The authors looked at trends in article topics, research methods, authorship, citations, keyword frequencies, phrase counts of article abstracts, and article citations according to Google Scholar. Evidence is provided of the journal's…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Literature Reviews, Cooperation, Comparative Analysis
Shaughnessy, Michael F.; Viner, Mark – Educational Technology, 2015
In this regular feature of "Educational Technology," Michael F. Shaughnessy and Mark Viner present their interview with Curt Bonk, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare; and Elaine Khoo, Research Fellow at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Education, University of Waikato, Hamilton,…
Descriptors: Interviews, Change Agents, Educational Technology, Instructional Leadership
Shaughnessy, Michael F.; Yan, Juchao – Educational Technology, 2015
In this regular feature of "Educational Technology," Michael F. Shaughnessy and Juchao Yan present their interview with Robert Talbert, Associate Professor, Mathematics Department, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. Their interview centered around thirteen questions that professor Talbert provided enlightening responds…
Descriptors: Interviews, Educational Technology, Instructional Leadership, Technology Uses in Education
Hung, David; Lee, Shu-Shing – Educational Technology, 2015
Education cannot adopt the linear model of scaling used by the medical sciences. "Gold standards" cannot be replicated without considering process-in-learning, diversity, and student-variedness in classrooms. This article proposes a nuanced model of educational scaling-and-diffusion, describing the scaling (top-down supports) and…
Descriptors: Scaling, Models, Educational Innovation, Inquiry
Lehman, James D.; Ertmer, Peggy A.; Bessenbacher, Ann M. – Educational Technology, 2015
Built as one of 60+ hubs on the HUBzero platform, STEMEdhub was developed in 2011 as a resource for research, education, and collaboration in STEM education. The hub currently supports 82 different groups. In this article, the authors describe two specific groups (SLED and AAU) that are taking advantage of numerous communication and resource tools…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Resources, Science Course Improvement Projects
Ravicchio, Fabrizio; Trentin, Guglielmo – Educational Technology, 2015
The aim of the article is to describe the assessment model adopted by the SCINTILLA Project, a project in Italy aimed at the online vocational training of young, seriously-disabled subjects and their subsequent work inclusion in smart-work mode. It will thus describe the model worked out for evaluation of the training program conceived for the…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Models, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
Trentin, Guglielmo – Educational Technology, 2014
Paradoxically some "extreme" didactic needs, such as those of students who are unable to attend normal education regularly (e.g., hospitalized and/or homebound students), have shown themselves to be ideal for the development of a teaching style aimed at stimulating the active role of the student, at fostering a learning process based…
Descriptors: Special Education, Teaching Styles, Instructional Innovation, Hospitalized Children
Reeves, Thomas C.; Hedberg, John G. – Educational Technology, 2014
Rising costs, perceived declining value, and weak evidence of quality outcomes bedevil contemporary higher education. One innovation intended to address these problems is the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This article recommends that the educational technology community and others get REAL about MOOCs by focusing more serious effort on…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Higher Education
Kaufman, Roger – Educational Technology, 2014
Most organizational strategic plans are not strategic but rather tactical or operational plans masquerading as "strategic." This article identifies the basic elements required in a useful and practical strategic plan and explains why they are important.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Organizational Change, Best Practices, Barriers
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