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Computers & Education

May 2009 Volume 52, Number 4

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Number of articles: 16

  1. Designing technology for emergent literacy: The PictoPal initiative

    Susan McKenney & Joke Voogt

    PictoPal is the name of a technology-supported intervention designed to foster the development of emergent reading and writing skills in four and five year old children. Following the theoretical... More

    pp. 719-729

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  2. Examining gender differences in attitudes toward interactive classroom communications systems (ICCS)

    Robin H. Kay

    An interactive classroom communication system (ICCS) involves the use of remote devices that permit all students in a class to respond to multiple choice questions displayed on a LCD projector.... More

    pp. 730-740

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  3. Multimedia application with animated cartoons for teaching science in elementary education

    K. Dalacosta, M. Kamariotaki-Paparrigopoulou, J.A. Palyvos & N. Spyrellis

    This study reports research findings on the use of animated cartoons in a multimedia application meant to evaluate their effectiveness in supporting teaching and learning in science. The... More

    pp. 741-748

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  4. Authoring diagram-based CBA with CourseMarker

    Colin A. Higgins, Brett Bligh, Pavlos Symeonidis & Athanasios Tsintsifas

    The CourseMarker system has been used to assess free-response computer based assessment (CBA) exercises since 1998. The aim of the studies reported here was to evaluate the feasibility and... More

    pp. 749-761

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  5. Factors influencing the performance of Dynamic Decision Network for INQPRO

    Choo-Yee Ting & Somnuk Phon-Amnuaisuk

    There has been an increasing interest in employing decision-theoretic framework for learner modeling and provision of pedagogical support in Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs). Much of the... More

    pp. 762-780

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  6. The toolbox for local and global plagiarism detection

    Sergey Butakov & Vladislav Scherbinin

    Digital plagiarism is a problem for educators all over the world. There are many software tools on the market for uncovering digital plagiarism. Most of them can work only with text submissions. In... More

    pp. 781-788

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  7. Applying adaptive swarm intelligence technology with structuration in web-based collaborative learning

    Yueh-Min Huang & Chien-Hung Liu

    One of the key challenges in the promotion of web-based learning is the development of effective collaborative learning environments. We posit that the structuration process strongly influences the... More

    pp. 789-799

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  8. Not just fun, but serious strategies: Using meta-cognitive strategies in game-based learning

    Bokyeong Kim, Hyungsung Park & Youngkyun Baek

    The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of the meta-cognitive strategies on the academic and gaming achievements. Exploring the effects of those achievements on the social problem... More

    pp. 800-810

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  9. Computer based testing using “digital ink”: Participatory design of a Tablet PC based assessment application for secondary education

    Panagiotis Siozos, George Palaigeorgiou, George Triantafyllakos & Theofanis Despotakis

    In this paper, we identify key challenges faced by computer-based assessment (CBA) in secondary education and we put forward a framework of design considerations: design with the students and... More

    pp. 811-819

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  10. The role of social presence in learner-centered communicative language learning using synchronous computer-mediated communication: Experimental study

    Masanori Yamada

    This study aimed to clarify the relationship between media, learners’ perception of social presence, and output in communicative learning using synchronous computer-mediated communication (SCMC).... More

    pp. 820-833

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  11. Courseware development for semiconductor technology and its application into instruction

    Shu-chiao Tsai

    This study reports on the development of ESP (English for specific purposes) courseware for semiconductor technology and its integration as a “silent partner” into instruction. This kind of team... More

    pp. 834-847

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  12. Examining high-school students’ preferences toward learning environments, personal beliefs and concept learning in web-based contexts

    Fang-Ying Yang & Cheng-Chieh Chang

    The purpose of the study is to explore three kinds of personal affective traits among high-school students and their effects on web-based concept learning. The affective traits include personal... More

    pp. 848-857

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  13. Information retention from PowerPoint ™ and traditional lectures

    April Savoy, Robert W. Proctor & Gavriel Salvendy

    The benefit of PowerPoint™ is continuously debated, but both supporters and detractors have insufficient empirical evidence. Its use in university lectures has influenced investigations of... More

    pp. 858-867

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  14. The timing of online lecture slide availability and its effect on attendance, participation, and exam performance

    Kimberley A. Babb & Craig Ross

    The use of PowerPoint slides has become an almost ubiquitous practice in university classrooms, however little research has examined whether the timing of lecture slide availability to students ... More

    pp. 868-881

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  15. Using online annotations to support error correction and corrective feedback

    Shiou-Wen Yeh & Jia-Jiunn Lo

    Giving feedback on second language (L2) writing is a challenging task. This research proposed an interactive environment for error correction and corrective feedback. First, we developed an online ... More

    pp. 882-892

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  16. Empirical user studies inform the design of an e-notetaking and information assimilation system for students in higher education

    Yolanda Jacobs Reimer, Erin Brimhall, Chen Cao & Kevin O’Reilly

    The research presented in this paper reaches towards a better theoretical understanding of how students in higher education currently take notes, how this process is evolving in the digital age to ... More

    pp. 893-913

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