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Computers & Education

August 2008 Volume 51, Number 1

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Number of articles: 32

  1. Construction and analysis of educational tests using abductive machine learning

    El-Sayed M. El-Alfy & Radwan E. Abdel-Aal

    Recent advances in educational technologies and the wide-spread use of computers in schools have fueled innovations in test construction and analysis. As the measurement accuracy of a test depends ... More

    pp. 1-16

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  2. The structure of the help-seeking process in collaboratively using a computer coach in problem-based learning

    Julien Mercier & Carl Frederiksen

    Research on help seeking with a computer coach providing on-demand help has not produced fully adequate models of the process from a cognitive perspective. The present study postulates a model of... More

    pp. 17-33

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  3. The impact of synchronous inter-networked teacher training in Information and Communication Technology integration

    Stewart Martin & Michael Vallance

    This paper summarises the outcomes of research that recorded and interpreted change in pre-service teachers’ pedagogical beliefs when immersed in unique synchronous networked collaboration. The pre... More

    pp. 34-53

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  4. Sensitivities to early exchange in synchronous computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) groups

    Manu Kapur, John Voiklis & Charles K. Kinzer

    This study reports the impact of high sensitivity to early exchange in 11th-grade, CSCL triads solving well- and ill-structured problems in Newtonian Kinematics. A mixed-method analysis of the... More

    pp. 54-66

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  5. The evolution of a collaborative authoring system for non-linear hypertext: A design-based research study

    Johannes Strobel, David H. Jonassen & Ioan Gelu Ionas

    Learning in complex and ill-structured knowledge domains requires accommodation of multiple perspectives embedded in authentic activities and the reconciliation of those perspectives with personal ... More

    pp. 67-85

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  6. Task results processing for the needs of task-oriented design environments

    Irina Zheliazkova & R. Kolev

    This paper presents learners’ task results gathered by means of an example task-oriented environment for knowledge testing and processed by EXCEL. The processing is domain- and task-independent and... More

    pp. 86-96

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  7. Game content creation and it proficiency: An exploratory study

    Elisabeth Hayes

    Computer and video gaming are often considered to be potential routes to the development of aptitude and interest in using other forms of information technology (IT). The purpose of this... More

    pp. 97-108

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  8. The influence of students and teachers characteristics on the efficacy of face-to-face and computer supported collaborative learning

    Andrea Solimeno, Minou Ella Mebane, Manuela Tomai & Donata Francescato

    In this paper we compared the efficacy of face-to-face and computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) in increasing academic knowledge and professional competences. We also explored how... More

    pp. 109-128

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  9. A curriculum framework for implementing information technology in school education to foster information literacy

    Siu Cheung Kong

    A literature review of the development of the information technology (IT) curriculum in recent decades in Hong Kong reveals that the aim of the curriculum has shifted from Computer Studies to the... More

    pp. 129-141

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  10. Determining factors of the use of e-learning environments by university teachers

    Hossein Mahdizadeh, Harm Biemans & Martin Mulder

    E-learning environments increasingly serve as important infrastructural features of universities that enable teachers to provide students with different representations of knowledge and to enhance ... More

    pp. 142-154

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  11. Gridcole: A tailorable grid service based system that supports scripted collaborative learning

    Miguel L. Bote-Lorenzo, Eduardo Gómez-Sánchez, Guillermo Vega-Gorgojo, Yannis A. Dimitriadis, Juan I. Asensio-Pérez & Iván M. Jorrín-Abellán

    This paper introduces Gridcole, a new system that can be easily tailored by educators in order to support the realization of scripted collaborative learning situations. To do so, educators can... More

    pp. 155-172

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  12. Impact of online resources on informal learners: Parents’ perception of their parenting skills

    Jin-Cheon Na & Shee Wai Chia

    The Internet and Web technology development have opened up new ways for people to communicate, gain new information and increase their knowledge. One particular area of interest is that of using... More

    pp. 173-186

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  13. Which factors obstruct or stimulate teacher educators to use ICT innovatively?

    Marjolein Drent & Martina Meelissen

    This article discusses the factors which stimulate or limit the innovative use of ICT by teacher educators in the Netherlands. Innovative use of ICT is defined as the use of ICT applications that... More

    pp. 187-199

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  14. Students’ attitudes towards integration of ICTs in a reading course: A case in Turkey

    CS Sagin Simsek

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate students’ attitudes towards the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in a reading skills course offered at Middle East Technical... More

    pp. 200-211

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  15. ICT integration in the classroom: Challenging the potential of a school policy

    Jo Tondeur, Hilde van Keer, Johan van Braak & Martin Valcke

    Despite the assumption that the integration of ICT influences the entire school system, research focusing on ICT in schools is generally limited to the study of variables at class level. In... More

    pp. 212-223

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  16. An intelligent e-learning system based on learner profiling and learning resources adaptation

    Paraskevi Tzouveli, Phivos Mylonas & Stefanos Kollias

    Taking advantage of the continuously improving, web-based learning systems plays an important role for self-learning, especially in the case of working people. Nevertheless, learning systems do not... More

    pp. 224-238

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  17. Using adaptive e-news to improve undergraduate programming courses with hybrid format

    G.D. Chen, C.K. Chang & C.Y. Wang

    With the growing popularity of computers and the Internet, most teachers are taking advantage of Internet functions to assist in both teaching and student learning. However, students only login to ... More

    pp. 239-251

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  18. Supply chain simulator: A scenario-based educational tool to enhance student learning

    Atiq Siddiqui, Mehmood Khan & Sohail Akhtar

    Simulation-based educational products are excellent set of illustrative tools that proffer features like visualization of the dynamic behavior of a real system, etc. Such products have great... More

    pp. 252-261

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  19. A blog-based dynamic learning map

    Kun Te Wang, Yueh-Min Huang, Yu-Lin Jeng & Tzone-I Wang

    Problem-based learning is a goal directed and constructive process for learners. When meeting problems, learners usually force themselves to form work groups in order to find a solution. Currently,... More

    pp. 262-278

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  20. Group mirrors to support interaction regulation in collaborative problem solving

    Patrick Jermann & Pierre Dillenbourg

    Two experimental studies test the effect of group mirrors upon quantitative and qualitative aspects of participation in collaborative problem solving. Mirroring tools consist of a graphical... More

    pp. 279-296

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