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Peddibhotla, Naren; Jani, Arpan – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2019
There are many challenges to simulate the experience of a professional facing a complex situation in a discussion of a case study using an online discussion forum. The current research examines the role of two aspects of discussion forum format (group size and discussion structure) on two outcome variables (student engagement and learning). We…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Learner Engagement, Instructional Effectiveness, Class Size
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O'Connor, Eileen A. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
Within an online science teacher education course, an important although secondary goal was to prepare students for a high-stakes licensure portfolio at some time after course completion. Thus, various communication technologies including synchronous virtual reality meetings and asynchronous student self-created video commentaries were interwoven…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Online Courses, Science Education
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Christopoulos, Athanasios; Conrad, Marc; Shukla, Mitul – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
This research links learner engagement with interactions when Hybrid Virtual Learning models are used. Various aspects have been considered, such as learners' prior experiences related to virtual worlds, their preconceptions regarding their use as a learning tool, and the impact that instructional designers' choices have on enhancing the…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Blended Learning, Computer Simulation, Learner Engagement
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Quong, Jennifer; Snider, Sharla L.; Early, Jody – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a closed social media platform as an online tool to facilitate interactions among students and faculty participating in online and hybrid courses at a public university in North Texas (n = 330). Survey methods were used to measure undergraduate and graduate students' perceptions of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Blended Learning, Online Courses, Social Media
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O'Connor, Eileen A.; Domingo, Jelia – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2017
With the advent of open source virtual environments, the associated cost reductions, and the more flexible options, avatar-based virtual reality environments are within reach of educators. By using and repurposing readily available virtual environments, instructors can bring engaging, community-building, and immersive learning opportunities to…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Simulated Environment, Computer Simulation
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Alharbi, Wael – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2017
Feedback plays an important role in the student learning process as it gives the learners greater insight into what they have actually done to arrive at an outcome. The importance of providing learners with feedback during the learning process comes from the fact that it highlights the difference between the intended outcome and the actual…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Computer Mediated Communication, Learning Processes, Undergraduate Students
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Wang, Yu-mei; Chen, Der-Thanq – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2017
This article reports a holistic approach to assessing online discussions. This holistic approach integrates three assessment methods: assessment of learning, assessment for learning, and assessment as learning. Assessment of learning directly examines students' learning products to decide whether they have achieved the expected learning through…
Descriptors: Discussion, Holistic Approach, Online Courses, Evaluation Methods
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Pai, Aditi; Cole, Megan; Kovacs, Jennifer; Lee, Mark; Stovall, Kyndra; McGinnis, Gene – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2017
We adopted Facebook as part of a large enrollment science discussion class in a bid to exploit students' time on this social networking site and tested the effectiveness of this "co-option" strategy of creating education-related activity on Facebook for our students. We used a "Facebook Group" to create an online avenue for…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Interests, Learner Engagement, Social Networks
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Gao, Xianwei; Samuel, Moses; Asmawi, Adelina – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2016
Qzone weblog is one of the most popular weblogs in China. This study explores Qzone weblog for critical peer feedback to facilitate Business English writing among the Chinese undergraduates. A qualitative case study is conducted by NVivo 8 to analyze the three research data of semistructured interviews, Business English writing assignments, and…
Descriptors: Business English, Business Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Yeou, Mohamed – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2016
Moodle and other web-based learning systems have become very popular in higher education. Their success will not be achieved if students fail to use such systems. The present study investigates university student's attitudes regarding the use of Moodle. Forty-seven students from a Moroccan university were involved in the study. The students…
Descriptors: Investigations, Blended Learning, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Sato, Eriko; Sohn, Heejeong; Chen, Julian ChengChiang; Adebowale, Kayode C. V.; Jourdain, Sarah – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2015
Our pilot project created blended/online courses to accommodate the growing needs of precollegiate and collegiate students interested in learning Korean and Japanese. In the initial phase, we conducted a survey of students' experiences with and perceptions about blended/online Asian language learning. We found a general lack of familiarity with,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Korean
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Wang, Yu-Mei – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2014
Facilitation of online discussions presents a challenge to online learning instructors. Unlike in face-to-face courses, students in online learning do not have physical contacts with instructors. They might view instructors as authoritarian figures and perceive instructor's comments as impersonal. This article details the author's personal…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Computer Mediated Communication, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies
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O'Connor, Eileen – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2013
With the advent of web 2.0 and virtual technologies and new understandings about learning within a global, networked environment, online course design has moved beyond the constraints of text readings, papers, and discussion boards. This next generation of online courses needs to dynamically and actively integrate the wide-ranging distribution of…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Learning Activities, Instructional Development, Instructional Innovation
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Ro, Jennifer Moon; Magiera, Kathleen; Gradel, Kathleen; Simmons, Rhea – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2013
This article reports on findings from a study that explored blogging (a web-based log) as a tool for literacy graduate students to deliver support to preservice teachers who were working in an afterschool intervention program. Its effectiveness is compared to the use of an online literacy instructional module. Analyses of the discussions in nine…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Preservice Teachers, Tutoring, Intervention
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Dietz-Uhler, Beth; Lanter, Jason R. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2012
To assess the effectiveness of a cooperative learning activity, students were randomly assigned to small groups and asked to lead an online discussion. Responses to a survey administered at the completion of the course suggest that the activity was effective in meeting its goals of promoting student interaction and increasing perceived student…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Interaction, Group Discussion
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