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Computers & Education

February 2010 Volume 54, Number 2

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Number of articles: 27

  1. Laptopers in an educational practice: Promoting the personal learning situation

    Tomas Lindroth & Magnus Bergquist

    In this article an ethnographical study of laptopers’ activities during lectures in a university milieu is analyzed as different kinds of involvements. Through interviews and observations we have... More

    pp. 311-320

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  2. Interactive Videoconferencing for collaborative learning at a distance in the school of 21st century: A case study in elementary schools in Greece

    Panagiotes S. Anastasiades, George Filippousis, Labros Karvunis, Spiros Siakas, Arsitokritos Tomazinakis, Panagiota Giza & Hellen Mastoraki

    The aim of this paper is to present the design, implementation and evaluation of the methodology which focuses on the pedagogical utilization of Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) in the... More

    pp. 321-339

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  3. Temporal transitions in participation flow in an asynchronous discussion forum

    Laurie P. Dringus & Timothy Ellis

    This study examined the overarching issue of how temporal transitions, specifically duration of message flow, affects momentum or wellness of discussion in an asynchronous forum. Quantitative data ... More

    pp. 340-349

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  4. Harmonizing technology with interaction in blended problem-based learning

    Roisin Donnelly

    This paper discusses the harmonizing role of technology and interaction in a qualitative study on blended problem-based learning within the context of academic development in higher education.... More

    pp. 350-359

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  5. The effect of multiple scaffolding tools on students’ understanding, consideration of different perspectives, and misconceptions of a complex problem

    Janet Mannheimer Zydney

    This study investigated the effectiveness of multiple scaffolding tools in helping students understand a complex problem. In order to support students with this task, a multimedia learning... More

    pp. 360-370

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  6. Podcasting in education: Are students as ready and eager as we think they are?

    Stephen M. Walls, John V. Kucsera, Joshua D. Walker, Taylor W. Acee, Nate K. McVaugh & Daniel H. Robinson

    Instructors in higher education are disseminating instructional content via podcasting, as many rally behind the technology’s potential benefits. Others have expressed concern about the risks of... More

    pp. 371-378

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  7. Interactive whiteboards produce small gains in elementary students’ self-reported motivation in mathematics

    Bruce Torff & Rose Tirotta

    A treatment/control study (N=773) was conducted to determine the extent to which use of interactive whiteboard technology (IWB) was associated with upper elementary students’ self-reported level of... More

    pp. 379-383

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  8. Ergonomics factors in English as a foreign language testing: The case of PLEVALEX

    Jesus Garcia Laborda, Teresa Magal-Royo, Jose Macario de Siqueira Rocha & Miguel Fernández Álvarez

    Although much has been said about ergonomics in interface and in computer tools and interface design, very few articles in major journals have addressed this topic in relation to language testing. ... More

    pp. 384-391

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  9. Patterns of use of an agent-based model and a system dynamics model: The application of patterns of use and the impacts on learning outcomes

    Kate Thompson & Peter Reimann

    A classification system that was developed for the use of agent-based models was applied to strategies used by school-aged students to interrogate an agent-based model and a system dynamics model. ... More

    pp. 392-403

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  10. A Heuristic Algorithm for planning personalized learning paths for context-aware ubiquitous learning

    Gwo-Jen Hwang, Fan-Ray Kuo, Peng-Yeng Yin & Kuo-Hsien Chuang

    In a context-aware ubiquitous learning environment, learning systems can detect students’ learning behaviors in the real-world with the help of context-aware (sensor) technology; that is, students ... More

    pp. 404-415

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  11. Assisting students with argumentation plans when solving problems in CSCL

    Ariel Monteserin, Silvia Schiaffino & Analía Amandi

    In CSCL systems, students who are solving problems in group have to negotiate with each other by exchanging proposals and arguments in order to resolve the conflicts and generate a shared solution.... More

    pp. 416-426

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  12. Group differences in computer supported collaborative learning: Evidence from patterns of Taiwanese students’ online communication

    Chiung-Hui Chiu & Hsieh-Fen Hsiao

    This study explored the differences among online elementary school student groups based on their communication features. Two hundred and ninety-one Taiwanese students, ranging in age from 11 to... More

    pp. 427-435

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  13. Effects of a computer-assisted concept mapping learning strategy on EFL college students’ English reading comprehension

    Pei-Lin Liu, Chiu-Jung Chen & Yu-Ju Chang

    The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of a computer-assisted concept mapping learning strategy on EFL college learners’ English reading comprehension. The research questions... More

    pp. 436-445

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  14. Investigating acceptance toward mobile learning to assist individual knowledge management: Based on activity theory approach

    Shu-Sheng Liaw, Marek Hatala & Hsiu-Mei Huang

    Mobile devices could facilitate human interaction and access to knowledge resources anytime and anywhere. With respect to wide application possibilities of mobile learning, investigating learners’ ... More

    pp. 446-454

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  15. Comparison of examination methods based on multiple-choice questions and constructed-response questions using personal computers

    Errikos Ventouras, Dimos Triantis, Panagiotis Tsiakas & Charalampos Stergiopoulos

    The aim of the present research was to compare the use of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) as an examination method, to the examination based on constructed-response questions (CRQs). Despite that ... More

    pp. 455-461

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  16. A quantitative multimodal discourse analysis of teaching and learning in a web-conferencing environment – The efficacy of student-centred learning designs

    Matt Bower & John G. Hedberg

    This paper presents a quantitative approach to multimodal discourse analysis for analyzing online collaborative learning. The coding framework draws together the fields of systemic functional... More

    pp. 462-478

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  17. Designing collaborative knowledge building environments accessible to all learners: Impacts and design challenges

    Hyo-Jeong So, Lay Hoon Seah & Hwee Leng Toh-Heng

    The present study attempted to investigate whether young learners who were new to knowledge building approaches could work towards advancing both individual and collective knowledge, and whether... More

    pp. 479-490

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  18. Towards an efficient training of university faculty on ICTs

    Arkaitz Lareki, Juan Ignacio Martínez de Morentin & Nere Amenabar

    This article presents the results of a research study that took place during the 2007–2008 academic year at the University of the Basque Country. (UPV/EHU in its Spanish and Basque acronyms). The... More

    pp. 491-497

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  19. Multiplayer online games as educational tools: Facing new challenges in learning

    Fotini Paraskeva, Sofia Mysirlaki & Aikaterini Papagianni

    This paper outlines a proposal for the development of educational multiplayer online games based on the activity theory, as an alternative to the current trend in multiplayer gaming and a means of ... More

    pp. 498-505

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  20. Explaining and predicting users’ continuance intention toward e-learning: An extension of the expectation–confirmation model

    Ming-Chi Lee

    Although e-learning has been prompted to various education levels, the intention to continue using such systems is still very low, and the acceptance-discontinuance anomaly phenomenon (i.e., users ... More

    pp. 506-516

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