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Computers & Education

September 2011 Volume 57, Number 2

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Number of articles: 34

  1. Analyzing the social knowledge construction behavioral patterns of an online synchronous collaborative discussion instructional activity using an instant messaging tool: A case study

    Huei-Tse Hou & Sheng-Yi Wu

    Online discussions have been widely utilized as an educational activity, and much research has been conducted on the process and behaviors involved in asynchronous discussions. However, research on... More

    pp. 1459-1468

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  2. A framework for teachers’ integration of ICT into their classroom practice

    Dermot Donnelly, Oliver McGarr & John O'Reilly

    When attempting to integrate any Information and Communications Technology (ICT) based resource into Post-Primary Schools (High Schools) many potential barriers must be considered. Importantly,... More

    pp. 1469-1483

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  3. Responding to the challenges of instrumental orchestration through physical and virtual robotics

    Lenni Haapasalo & Peter Samuels

    It has been recognised that the general lack of enjoyment of institutional mathematics learning at the secondary level is one of the basic reasons behind the bad reputation of mathematics in... More

    pp. 1484-1492

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  4. Improving student performance in a first-year geography course: Examining the importance of computer-assisted formative assessment

    Kathi Wilson, Cleo Boyd, Liwen Chen & Sarosh Jamal

    The main objective of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of computer-assisted formative assessment in a large, first-year undergraduate geography course. In particular, the paper evaluates ... More

    pp. 1493-1500

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  5. The effects of education compatibility and technological expectancy on e-learning acceptance

    Jian-Liang Chen

    Discerning what influences a student’s acceptance of e-learning is still unclear and has not been well investigated. On the basis of the expectancy-value theory, much effort has been put into... More

    pp. 1501-1511

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  6. Investigating factors that influence social presence and learning outcomes in distance higher education

    Jungjoo Kim, Yangyi Kwon & Daeyeon Cho

    There are many factors that influence distance learning especially in higher education where collaborative and communicative discourse is necessary for pursuing knowledge. Social presence, among... More

    pp. 1512-1520

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  7. Reviewing the need for gaming in education to accommodate the net generation

    G. Bekebrede, H.J.G. Warmelink & I.S. Mayer

    There is a growing interest in the use of simulations and games in Dutch higher education. This development is based on the perception that students belong to the ‘gamer generation’ or ‘net... More

    pp. 1521-1529

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  8. Exploring academic teachers’ continuance toward the web-based learning system: The role of causal attributions

    Ming-Chien Hung, I-Chiu Chang & Hsin-Ginn Hwang

    The Expectation Confirmation Model (ECM) is a popular model used to explain the continuance of information system usage. However, past studies have found that the ECM, based on extrinsic... More

    pp. 1530-1543

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  9. Collaborative storytelling experiences in social media: Influence of peer-assistance mechanisms

    Chen-Chung Liu, Kuo-Ping Liu, Wei-Hong Chen, Chiu-Pin Lin & Gwo-Dong Chen

    Collaborative storytelling activities in social media environments are generally developed in a linear way in which all participants collaborate on a shared story as it is passed from one to... More

    pp. 1544-1556

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  10. Development of a diagnostic system using a testing-based approach for strengthening student prior knowledge

    Yi-Chun Lin, Yen-Ting Lin & Yueh-Min Huang

    Students learn new instructions well by building on relevant prior knowledge, as it affects how instructors and students interact with the learning materials. Moreover, studies have found that good... More

    pp. 1557-1570

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  11. Conducting guided inquiry in science classes using authentic, archived, web-based data

    Sedat Ucar & Kathy Cabe Trundle

    Students are often unable to collect the real-time data necessary for conducting inquiry in science classrooms. Web-based, real-time data could, therefore, offer a promising tool for conducting... More

    pp. 1571-1582

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  12. Online education as a toll good: An examination of the South Carolina virtual school program

    Jonathan Rauh

    Education has long been considered merit good; however, inequitable distribution has made it more akin to a toll good. This was most recently demonstrated by Henry, Fortner, and Thompson ... More

    pp. 1583-1594

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  13. Framework for the evolution of acquiring knowledge modules to integrate the acquisition of high-level cognitive skills and professional competencies: Principles and case studies

    Bruno Warin, Christophe Kolski & Mouldi Sagar

    The changing profile of students, the expectations of business and the capabilities offered by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) makes it necessary to change teaching practices,... More

    pp. 1595-1614

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  14. Evaluating the reliability and impact of a quality assurance system for E-learning courseware

    Yao-Ting Sung, Kuo-En Chang & Wen-Cheng Yu

    Assuring e-learning quality is of interest worldwide. This paper introduces the methods of e-learning courseware quality assurance (a quality certification system) adopted by the eLQSC (e-Learning ... More

    pp. 1615-1627

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  15. The educational affordances of blogs for self-directed learning

    Judy Robertson

    To be successful university learners, students need to develop skills in self-directed learning. This encompasses a range of cognitive and meta-cognitive skills including generating one’s own... More

    pp. 1628-1644

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  16. An assessment of the influence of perceived enjoyment and attitude on the intention to use technology among pre-service teachers: A structural equation modeling approach

    Timothy Teo & Jan Noyes

    This study examined the influence of perceived enjoyment on pre-service teachers’ intention to use technology, in addition to re-appraising the role of attitude toward use in the Technology... More

    pp. 1645-1653

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  17. Online university students' satisfaction and persistence: Examining perceived level of presence, usefulness and ease of use as predictors in a structural model

    Young Ju Joo, Kyu Yon Lim & Eun Kyung Kim

    Learners’ satisfaction and persistence are considered critical success factors in online universities where all of the teaching and learning activities are carried out online. This study aims to... More

    pp. 1654-1664

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  18. The pattern of electronic game use and related bodily discomfort in Hong Kong primary school children

    Donald P.Y. Lui, Grace P.Y. Szeto & Alice Y.M. Jones

    The present study examined the usage pattern of electronic game devices among primary school children in Hong Kong. Commonly used types of games devices were grouped into three main categories:... More

    pp. 1665-1674

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  19. Exploring relationship between students’ questioning behaviors and inquiry tasks in an online forum through analysis of ideational function of questions

    Seng-Chee Tan & Lay-Hoon Seah

    In this study we explored questioning behaviors among elementary students engaging in inquiry science using the "Knowledge Forum", a computer-supported collaborative learning tool. Adapting the... More

    pp. 1675-1685

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  20. Developing a remote laboratory for engineering education

    E. Fabregas, G. Farias, S. Dormido-Canto, S. Dormido & F. Esquembre

    New information technologies provide great opportunities for education. One such opportunity is the use of remote control laboratories for teaching students about control systems. This paper... More

    pp. 1686-1697

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