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Computers & Education

May 2010 Volume 54, Number 4

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Number of articles: 41

  1. The foundations of a theory-aware authoring tool for CSCL design

    Seiji Isotani, Riichiro Mizoguchi, Akiko Inaba & Mitsuru Ikeda

    One of the most useful ways to enhance collaboration is to create scenarios where learners are able to interact more effectively. Nevertheless, the design of pedagogically sound and well-thought... More

    pp. 809-834

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  2. Semantic search of tools for collaborative learning with the Ontoolsearch system

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

    This paper introduces Ontoolsearch, a new search system that can be employed by educators in order to find suitable tools for supporting collaborative learning settings. Current tool search... More

    pp. 835-848

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  3. Standardizing interaction design education

    Aukje Thomassen & Oguzhan Ozcan

    The objective of this paper is to which extend the didactic format of studio-based group-work is applicable for creating a common-ground for Interaction Design Education in European Perspective.... More

    pp. 849-855

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  4. A reactive blended learning proposal for an introductory control engineering course

    Juan A. Méndez & Evelio J. González

    As it happens in other fields of engineering, blended learning is widely used to teach process control topics. In this paper, the inclusion of a reactive element – a Fuzzy Logic based controller – ... More

    pp. 856-865

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  5. Revealing the whiteboard to blind students: An inclusive approach to provide mediation in synchronous e-learning activities

    André P. Freire, Flávia Linhalis, Sandro L. Bianchini, Renata P.M. Fortes & Maria da Graça C. Pimentel

    Promoting the inclusion of students with disabilities in e-learning systems has brought many challenges for researchers and educators. The use of synchronous communication tools such as interactive... More

    pp. 866-876

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  6. An application of fuzzy AHP for evaluating course website quality

    Hsiu-Fen Lin

    Although previous studies have identified various influences on course website effectiveness, the evaluation of the relative importance of these factors across different online learning experience ... More

    pp. 877-888

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  7. Analyzing academic achievement of junior high school students by an improved rough set model

    Ping-Feng Pai, Yi-Jia Lyu & Yu-Min Wang

    Rough set theory (RST) is an emerging technique used to deal with problems in data mining and knowledge acquisition. However, the RST approach has not been widely explored in the field of academic ... More

    pp. 889-900

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  8. The Digital Learning Classroom: Improving English Language Learners’ academic success in mathematics and reading using interactive whiteboard technology

    Omar S. Lopez

    This study presents the findings from the first-year evaluation of the Round Rock Independent School District’s (ISD) Digital Learning Classroom project, an initiative focused on the improvement of... More

    pp. 901-915

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  9. Intelligent preference selection model based on NRE for evaluating student learning achievement

    Yao-Hsien Chen, Ching-Hsue Cheng & Jing-Wei Liu

    In order to evaluate student learning achievement, several aspects should be considered, such as exercises, examinations, and observations. Traditionally, such an evaluation calculates a final... More

    pp. 916-926

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  10. Can students really multitask? An experimental study of instant messaging while reading

    Laura L. Bowman, Laura E. Levine, Bradley M. Waite & Michael Gendron

    Students often “multitask” with electronic media while doing schoolwork. We examined the effects of one form of media often used in such multitasking, instant messaging (IM). We predicted that... More

    pp. 927-931

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  11. Self-assessment and task selection in learner-controlled instruction: Differences between effective and ineffective learners

    Danny Kostons, Tamara van Gog & Fred Paas

    Learner-controlled instruction is often found to be less effective for learning than fixed or adaptive system-controlled instruction. One possible reason for that finding is that students –... More

    pp. 932-940

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  12. Socioeconomic differences in elementary students’ ICT beliefs and out-of-school experiences

    Ioanna Vekiri

    The purpose of the study was to explore possible links between student socioeconomic status (SES), beliefs about information and communication technologies (ICTs), and out-of-school learning... More

    pp. 941-950

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  13. An investigation of student practices in asynchronous computer conferencing courses

    Vanessa L. Peters & Jim Hewitt

    This study investigated the online practices of students enrolled in graduate-level distance education courses. Using interviews and a questionnaire as data sources, the study sought to: (a)... More

    pp. 951-961

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  14. Using podcasts to support communication skills development: A case study for content format preferences among postgraduate research students

    Bob Lawlor & Roisin Donnelly

    The need for the integration of generic skills training into structured PhD programmes is widely accepted. However, effective integration of such training requires flexible delivery mechanisms... More

    pp. 962-971

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  15. Can interactive visualization tools engage and support pre-university students in exploring non-trivial mathematical concepts?

    Hai-Ning Liang & Kamran Sedig

    Many students find it difficult to engage with mathematical concepts. As a relatively new class of learning tools, visualization tools may be able to promote higher levels of engagement with... More

    pp. 972-991

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  16. The impact of online video lecture recordings and automated feedback on student performance

    M.B. Wieling & W.H.A. Hofman

    To what extent a blended learning configuration of face-to-face lectures, online on-demand video recordings of the face-to-face lectures and the offering of online quizzes with appropriate feedback... More

    pp. 992-998

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  17. AH-questionnaire: An adaptive hierarchical questionnaire for learning styles

    Alvaro Ortigosa, Pedro Paredes & Pilar Rodriguez

    One of the main concerns when providing learning style adaptation in Adaptive Educational Hypermedia Systems is the number of questions the students have to answer. Most of the times, adaptive... More

    pp. 999-1005

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  18. Blended learning applied to the study of Mechanical Couplings in engineering

    J.L. Cortizo, E. Rodríguez, R. Vijande, J.M. Sierra & A. Noriega

    This paper begins with a brief introduction to blended learning (BL), recognising the important contributions to learning that can be obtained from the use of methods which combine the New... More

    pp. 1006-1019

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  19. Interacting through avatars: Virtual worlds as a context for online education

    Alexandra Petrakou

    This paper studies how a virtual world is utilised as a learning environment in an online course in higher education. The aim is to explore how this setting currently facilitates online education, ... More

    pp. 1020-1027

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  20. Web-based learning programs: Use by learners with various cognitive styles

    Ling-Hsiu Chen

    To consider how Web-based learning program is utilized by learners with different cognitive styles, this study presents a Web-based learning system (WBLS) and analyzes learners’ browsing data... More

    pp. 1028-1035

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