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Computers & Education

September 2007 Volume 49, Number 2

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Number of articles: 26

  1. Community-organizing agent: An artificial intelligent system for building learning communities among large numbers of learners

    Fan Yang, Minjuan Wang, Ruimin Shen & Peng Han

    Web-based (or online) learning provides an unprecedented flexibility and convenience to both learners and instructors. However, large online classes relying on instructor-centered presentations... More

    pp. 131-147

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  2. The distance from isolation: Why communities are the logical conclusion in e-learning

    Martin Weller

    This paper argues that the internet is built around key technology design features of openness, robustness and decentralisation. These design features have transformed into social features, which... More

    pp. 148-159

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  3. E-Homebook System: A web-based interactive education interface

    Hsi-mei Chen, Cris Yu & Cheng-sian Chang

    Children’s academic performance and social competence in school is positively associated with parent involvement. However, the researches about educational learning models often ignore the parent... More

    pp. 160-175

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  4. Measuring perceived sociability of computer-supported collaborative learning environments

    Karel Kreijns, Paul A. Kirschner, Wim Jochems & Hans van Buuren

    Most asynchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments can be characterized as functional environments because they focus on functional, task-specific support, often... More

    pp. 176-192

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  5. When to jump in: The role of the instructor in online discussion forums

    Margaret Mazzolini & Sarah Maddison

    As asynchronous discussion forums become more prevalent in online and flexible-delivery modes of teaching, understanding the role that instructors play in student learning in these forums becomes... More

    pp. 193-213

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  6. Construction of a learning environment supporting learners’ reflection: A case of information seeking on the Web

    Hitomi Saito & Kazuhisa Miwa

    In this study, we design a learning environment that supports reflective activities for information seeking on the Web and evaluate its educational effects. The features of this design are: (1) to ... More

    pp. 214-229

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  7. The reliability of content analysis of computer conference communication

    Pernille Rattleff

    The focus of this article is the reliability of content analysis of students’ computer conference communication. Content analysis is often used when researching the relationship between learning... More

    pp. 230-242

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  8. Development and validation of an internet use attitude scale

    Yixin Zhang

    This paper describes the development and validation of a new 40-item Internet Attitude Scale (IAS), a one-dimensional inventory for measuring the Internet attitudes. The first experiment initiated ... More

    pp. 243-253

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  9. The need for virtual information managers in education

    Xavier Jaén, Xavier Bohigas & Montse Novell

    In this paper, the authors analyse how educational institutions behave in relation with the contents available through the Web. They also reflect on the features of the currently available... More

    pp. 254-268

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  10. A visual tool for computer supported learning: The robot motion planning example

    Ashraf Elnagar & Leena Lulu

    We introduce an effective computer aided learning visual tool (CALVT) to teach graph-based applications. We present the robot motion planning problem as an example of such applications. The... More

    pp. 269-283

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  11. Technology uses and student achievement: A longitudinal study

    Jing Lei & Yong Zhao

    Based on data collected from a middle school, this study investigates how the quantity and quality of technology use affect student learning outcomes. Specifically, this study examines how... More

    pp. 284-296

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  12. An evaluation of streaming digital video resources in on- and off-campus engineering management education

    Stuart Palmer

    A recent television documentary on the Columbia space shuttle disaster was converted to streaming digital video format for educational use by on- and off-campus students in an engineering... More

    pp. 297-308

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  13. Social networks, communication styles, and learning performance in a CSCL community

    Hichang Cho, Geri Gay, Barry Davidson & Anthony Ingraffea

    The aim of this study is to empirically investigate the relationships between communication styles, social networks, and learning performance in a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL)... More

    pp. 309-329

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  14. Development of an undergraduate course – Internet-based instrumentation and control

    Hanqi Zhuang & Salvatore D. Morgera

    The objective, strategy, and implementation details of a new undergraduate course, Internet-based Instrumentation and Control, are presented. The course has a companion laboratory that is supported... More

    pp. 330-344

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  15. A quasi-experimental study of three online learning courses in computing

    Thomas M. Connolly, Ewan MacArthur, Mark Stansfield & Evelyn McLellan

    This paper presents the results of a 3-year quasi-experimental study of three Masters courses in computing. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which the teaching and... More

    pp. 345-359

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  16. A BDI approach to infer student’s emotions in an intelligent learning environment

    Patricia Augustin Jaques & Rosa Maria Vicari

    In this article we describe the use of mental states approach, more specifically the belief-desire-intention (BDI) model, to implement the process of affective diagnosis in an educational... More

    pp. 360-384

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  17. ICT and learning: Lessons from Australian classrooms

    Debra N.A. Hayes

    Research into Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in schools is well into its third decade but there is still a pressing need to better understand how computer-based technologies are... More

    pp. 385-395

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  18. Critical success factors for e-learning acceptance: Confirmatory factor models

    Hassan M. Selim

    E-learning, one of the tools emerged from information technology, has been integrated in many university programs. There are several factors that need to be considered while developing or... More

    pp. 396-413

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  19. The effect of motivational scaffolding on procrastinators’ distance learning outcomes

    Bruce W. Tuckman

    The purpose of the research was to determine experimentally whether the addition of features to enhance learner motivation and collaboration, termed motivational scaffolding, to the “traditional”... More

    pp. 414-422

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  20. Improving quality and quantity of contributions: Two models for promoting knowledge exchange with shared databases

    U. Cress, B. Barquero, S. Schwan & F.W. Hesse

    Shared databases are used for knowledge exchange in groups. Whether a person is willing to contribute knowledge to a shared database presents a social dilemma: Each group member saves time and... More

    pp. 423-440

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