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Computers & Education

April 2010 Volume 54, Number 3

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Number of articles: 21

  1. Exploring creative thinking in graphically mediated synchronous dialogues

    Rupert Wegerif, Bruce M. McLaren, Marian Chamrada, Oliver Scheuer, Nasser Mansour, Jan Mikšátko & Mriga Williams

    This paper reports on an aspect of the EC funded Argunaut project which researched and developed awareness tools for moderators of online dialogues. In this study we report on an investigation into... More

    pp. 613-621

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  2. The role of physical representations in solving number problems: A comparison of young children’s use of physical and virtual materials

    Andrew Manches, Claire O'Malley & Steve Benford

    This research aims to explore the role of physical representations in young children’s numerical learning then identify the benefits of using a graphical interface in order to understand the... More

    pp. 622-640

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  3. Not all wizards are from Oz: Iterative design of intelligent learning environments by communication capacity tapering

    Manolis Mavrikis & Sergio Gutierrez-Santos

    This paper presents a methodology for the design of intelligent learning environments. We recognise that in the educational technology field, theory development and system-design should be... More

    pp. 641-651

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  4. Cognitive learning efficiency through the use of design patterns in teaching

    Gwendolyn Kolfschoten, Stephan Lukosch, Alexander Verbraeck, Edwin Valentin & Gert-Jan de Vreede

    Nowadays we need to teach students how to become flexible problem solvers in a dynamic world. The pace in which technology changes and complexity increases requires increased efficiency in learning... More

    pp. 652-660

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  5. Layered learning design: Towards an integration of learning design and learning object perspectives

    Tom Boyle

    The use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning depends on effective design, which operates at many levels of granularity from the small to the very large. This reflects the range of educational... More

    pp. 661-668

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  6. MuseumScouts: Exploring how schools, museums and interactive technologies can work together to support learning

    Jocelyn Wishart & Pat Triggs

    In this paper we report on the successes and challenges of a creative project involving museums, schools and interactive technologies. The MuseumScouts project is EU Comenius 2.1 funded and... More

    pp. 669-678

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  7. The design of Cloudworks: Applying social networking practice to foster the exchange of learning and teaching ideas and designs

    Gráinne Conole & Juliette Culver

    This paper describes a new social networking site, Cloudworks, which aims to provide a dynamic environment for finding, sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs. The paper... More

    pp. 679-692

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  8. Student engagement and blended learning: Portraits of risk

    Debbie Holley & Martin Oliver

    The widening participation agenda was instigated by a government seeking to develop skilled workers in the global economy, yet it has consistently refused to fund the burgeoning student population ... More

    pp. 693-700

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  9. ‘There was a lot of learning going on’ Using a digital medium to support learning in a professional course for new HE lecturers

    Sarah Chesney & Caroline Marcangelo

    This small scale action research study investigated the experiences of learners over two iterations as they completed a patchwork text assignment within the digital medium of a personal learning... More

    pp. 701-708

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  10. Quality enhancement for e-learning courses: The role of student feedback

    Magdalena Jara & Harvey Mellar

    The collection of student feedback is seen as a central strategy to monitor the quality and standards of teaching and learning in higher education institutions. The increasing use of technology to ... More

    pp. 709-714

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  11. Formative e-assessment: Practitioner cases

    Norbert Pachler, Caroline Daly, Yishay Mor & Harvey Mellar

    This paper reports on one aspect of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)-funded project ‘Scoping a vision of formative e-assessment’, namely on cases of formative e-assessment developed... More

    pp. 715-721

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  12. Net generation or Digital Natives: Is there a distinct new generation entering university?

    Chris Jones, Ruslan Ramanau, Simon Cross & Graham Healing

    This article reports key findings from the first phase of a research project investigating Net generation age students as they encounter e-learning at five universities in England. We take a... More

    pp. 722-732

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  13. Development and evaluation of a compartmental picture archiving and communications system model for integration and visualization of multidisciplinary biomedical data to facilitate student learning in an integrative health clinic

    Meyrick Chow & Lawrence Chan

    Information technology (IT) has the potential to improve the clinical learning environment. The extent to which IT enhances or detracts from healthcare professionals’ role performance can be... More

    pp. 733-741

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  14. Interactive video technology: Enhancing professional learning in initial teacher education

    Brian Marsh, Nick Mitchell & Peter Adamczyk

    The University of Sussex In-School Teacher Education Project (InSTEP) uses interactive video technologies to enhance initial teacher education programmes for science trainee teachers. With four... More

    pp. 742-748

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  15. Technology to support parental engagement in elementary education: Lessons learned from the UK

    Cathy Lewin & Rosemary Luckin

    This paper compares and contrasts two projects in order to better understand the complex issues surrounding the use of technology to support parental involvement with schools and their children’s... More

    pp. 749-758

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  16. Interactivity in the classroom and its impact on learning

    Gary Beauchamp & Steve Kennewell

    The term ‘interactive’ appears in two distinct strands of educational research discourse: one concerning pedagogy and the other concerning new technologies in education. As new technology... More

    pp. 759-766

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  17. Personalising learning through the use of technology

    Carol Robinson & Judy Sebba

    In March 2005, the Department for Education and Skills published its e-strategy, Harnessing Technology (DfES, 2005, Harnessing technology: Transforming Learning and Children’s Services). Within... More

    pp. 767-775

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  18. Get out of MySpace!

    Norah Jones, Haydn Blackey, Karen Fitzgibbon & Esyin Chew

    To understand the student experience on social software, the research aims to explore the disruptive nature and opportunity of social networking for higher education. Taking four universities, the ... More

    pp. 776-782

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  19. Pedagogical-research designs to capture the symbiotic nature of professional knowledge and learning about e-learning in initial teacher education in the UK

    Keith Turvey

    This paper argues that if new communications technologies and online spaces are to yield ‘new relationship[s] with learners’ ( DfES, 2005, p. 11) then research that is tuned to recognize,... More

    pp. 783-790

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  20. Mediating Media Studies – Stimulating critical awareness in a virtual environment

    David Kurt Herold

    Second Life has become increasingly popular with educators and educational institutions, because of the educational possibilities it seems to offer. While there has been a lot of hype and academic ... More

    pp. 791-798

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