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Computers & Education

1996 Volume 26, Number 1

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Number of articles: 19

  1. Evaluating CAL at the open university: 15 years on

    A. Jones, E. Scanlon, C. Tosunoglu, S. Ross, P. Butcher, P. Murphy & J. Greenberg

    Describes evaluations of CAL (computer-assisted learning) at the Open University (Great Britain). Highlights include evaluation of science teaching; evaluation of the Home Computing Policy; CAL... More

    pp. 5-15

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  2. Integrative evaluation: an emerging role for classroom studies of CAL

    Stephen W. Draper, Margaret I. Brown, Fiona P. Henderson & Erica McAteer

    This paper reviews the work of a team over two and a half years whose remit has been to “evaluate” a diverse range of CAL—computer assisted learning—in use in a university setting. It gives an... More

    pp. 17-32

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  3. Are integrated learning systems effective learning support tools?

    J. Underwood, S. Cavendish, S. Dowling, K. Fogelman & T. Lawson

    The following summary presents the key findings of an evaluation of a 6 month trial of one Integrated Learning System (ILS) in nine U.K. Schools, conducted by the School of Education, Leicester... More

    pp. 33-40

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  4. Structured learning in a virtual environment

    Tom Boyle, Barry Stevens-Wood, Zhu Feng & Angela Tikka

    The aim of the DOVE project is to develop a multimedia learning environment for the systematic observation and analysis of animal behaviour. This meets a need in Biology courses where several... More

    pp. 41-49

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  5. Using computers to help coach exploratory talk across the curriculum

    Rupert Wegerif

    This paper reports on the evaluation of an educational programme that coaches the practice of reasoning together through talk to a class of 9 year old children. The programme is based on a... More

    pp. 51-60

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  6. Towards over-the-shoulder guidance following a traditional learning metaphor

    A.C. Hague & I.D. Benest

    Much research in the field of computer-assisted learning (CAL) has focused on the use of the computer as a surrogate teacher of facts and concepts. Only recent work has aimed at making CAL an... More

    pp. 61-70

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  7. Technological support for teaching and learning: computer-mediated communications in higher education (CMC in HE)

    Christine Steeples, Christopher Unsworth, Mark Bryson, Peter Goodyear, Phillip Riding, Susan Fowell, Philippa Levy & Celia Duffy

    This paper arises from a workshop at the CAL '95 conference. It attempts to share practical experience with both successes and problems in the use of computer-mediated communications (CMC), to... More

    pp. 71-80

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  8. The use of computers to support learning in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties

    Ann Jones

    When a child displays emotional and behavioural difficulties at school, there is a very real danger that such problems may hinder the teacher's attempts to teach and block the child's receptiveness... More

    pp. 81-90

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  9. A scenario design tool for helping students learn mechanics

    Yibing Li, Isabelle Borne & Tim O'Shea

    Learning physics, particularly mechanics, is an area with which students often have difficulties. It has been widely acknowledged that computer-based simulation can make a significant contribution ... More

    pp. 91-99

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  10. Simulation software in a life sciences practical laboratory

    Erica McAteer, Douglas Neil, Niall Barr, Margaret Brown, Steve Draper & Fiona Henderson

    Describes experiences at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) with the use of simulation software in life sciences laboratories and discusses the results of evaluation procedures that included... More

    pp. 101-112

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  11. Education 2000: Implications of W3 technology

    Irene Neilson, Ruth Thomas, Calum Smeaton, Alan Slater & Gopal Chand

    The current development of the World Wide Web (W3), the globally interlinked hypermedia network of text, pictures and images, presents unique opportunities for education. The distributed nature of ... More

    pp. 113-122

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  12. Evaluation of computer based laboratory simulation

    Norrie S. Edward

    A significant number of HND/BSc engineering students work offshore. This results in their missing blocks of the course. Measures to assist them are being developed but an alternative to laboratory ... More

    pp. 123-130

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  13. Managing technological change in education—what lessons can we all learn?

    Rachael Scott & Brent Robinson

    Technological innovation within higher education is currently proceeding at an unprecedented pace, stimulated by a desire to improve the quality of teaching and learning and to generate citizens,... More

    pp. 131-134

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  14. A strategy for the integration of IT-led methods into physics—the SToMP approach

    Richard Bacon & Stephen Swithenby

    This paper introduces a new approach to the as yet unsolved problem of how to prepare material for effective and efficient use of computer base courseware in physics undergraduate education. The... More

    pp. 135-141

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  15. Collaboration and discourse while programming the KidSim microworld simulation

    Geoffrey Underwood, Jean Underwood, Karen Pheasey & David Gilmore

    How does group discussion predict performance while small groups of children work at a programming exercise? This question was approached using 11–14 year old children being introduced to a... More

    pp. 143-151

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  16. Mole: computer-supported collaborative learning

    C. David Whittington

    This paper gives an overview and initial evaluation of Mole: a novel system which combines exploratory learning with hypertext based material and collaborative learning through the use of... More

    pp. 153-161

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  17. Managing models of collaborative learning

    J.R. Hartley

    The nature and benefits of collaborative learning has aroused research interest particularly as developments in software and networking technology allow the computer to be an active participant in ... More

    pp. 163-170

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  18. A consortium approach to courseware design in mathematics

    R.D. Harding, S.W. Lay & D.A. Quinney

    The Courseware Manager is an implementation of a simple protocol for integrating courseware materials in a situation where there is a variety of authors using a variety of software authoring tools.... More

    pp. 171-178

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  19. Gender, computer experience and computer-based problem solving

    Richard Joiner, David Messer, Karen Littleton & Paul Light

    This paper reports a study involving 65 children (31 boys and 34 girls) aged between 10 and 11, which further examined the effect of software type by comparing children's performance on a male... More

    pp. 179-187

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