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Computers & Education

January 2012 Volume 58, Number 1

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Number of articles: 58

  1. A distributed system for learning programming on-line

    Elena Verdú, Luisa M. Regueras, María J. Verdú, José P. Leal, Juan P. de Castro & Ricardo Queirós

    Several Web-based on-line judges or on-line programming trainers have been developed in order to allow students to train their programming skills. However, their pedagogical functionalities in the ... More

    pp. 1-10

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  2. E-tutorial support for collaborative online learning: An explorative study on experienced and inexperienced e-tutors

    Birgitta Kopp, Maria Cristina Matteucci & Carlo Tomasetto

    The e-tutor plays a major role in supporting virtual collaborative learning, as he/she supervises learners in collaboratively solving tasks, acquiring new skills, and applying new knowledge. This... More

    pp. 12-20

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  3. Inspiring equal contribution and opportunity in a 3d multi-user virtual environment: Bringing together men gamers and women non-gamers in Second Life ®

    Aimee deNoyelles & Kay Kyeong-Ju Seo

    A 3D multi-user virtual environment holds promise to support and enhance student online learning communities due to its ability to promote global synchronous interaction and collaboration, rich... More

    pp. 21-29

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  4. A visualisation tool to aid exploration of students’ interactions in asynchronous online communication

    Sujana Jyothi, Claire McAvinia & John Keating

    Much research in recent years has focused on the introduction of virtual learning environments (VLEs) to universities, documenting practice, and sharing experience (Armitage, Browne, & Jenkins,... More

    pp. 30-42

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  5. Academic effectiveness of podcasting: A comparative study of integrated versus supplemental use of podcasting in second language classes

    M’hammed Abdous, Betty Rose Facer & Cherng-Jyh Yen

    With podcasting gaining more mainstream adoption in higher education, it’s critical to examine its effectiveness in improving the student learning experience. To this end, this paper examines the... More

    pp. 43-52

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  6. Key factors mediating the use of a mobile technology tool designed to develop social and life skills in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

    Joseph Mintz, Corinne Branch, Caty March & Stephen Lerman

    Of late there has been growing interest in the potential of technology to support children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with social and life skills. There has also been a burgeoning... More

    pp. 53-62

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  7. Effects of a vocabulary acquisition and assessment system on students’ performance in a blended learning class for English subject

    Jiyou Jia, Yuhao Chen, Zhuhui Ding & Meixian Ruan

    Vocabulary acquisition and assessment are regarded as the key basis for the instruction of English as a second language. However, it is time-consuming, fallible and repetitive for the school... More

    pp. 63-76

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  8. Creating a community of inquiry in online environments: An exploratory study on the effect of a protocol on interactions within asynchronous discussions

    Janet Mannheimer Zydney, Aimee deNoyelles & Kay Kyeong-Ju Seo

    The purpose of our research was to examine the influence of an online protocol on asynchronous discussions. A mixed-methods study compared two online graduate classes: one that used a protocol and ... More

    pp. 77-87

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  9. Antecedences to continued intentions of adopting e-learning system in blended learning instruction: A contingency framework based on models of information system success and task-technology fit

    Wen-Shan Lin & Chun-Hsien Wang

    The objective of this study is to propose a research framework that investigates the relation between perceived fit and system factors that can motivate learners in continuing utilizing an e... More

    pp. 88-99

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  10. Environmental support hypothesis in designing multimedia training for older adults: Is less always more?

    Mariya Pachman & Fengfeng Ke

    This study explores younger and older adults learning of MS Publisher functionalities from a multimedia tutorial. Twenty younger and twenty three older adults assigned to a redundant (experimental)... More

    pp. 100-110

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  11. A study of the relationships among learning styles, participation types, and performance in programming language learning supported by online forums

    Ruey-Shiang Shaw

    This study is focused on the relationships among learning styles, participation types, and learning performance for programming language learning supported by an online forum. Kolb’s learning style... More

    pp. 111-120

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  12. Learning leadership skills in a simulated business environment

    Anna Siewiorek, Eeli Saarinen, Timo Lainema & Erno Lehtinen

    In today’s unstable market economy, individuals have to be skilled to work efficiently in constantly changing and complex situations. Thus, graduate students have to be trained to cope with... More

    pp. 121-135

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  13. The learning effects of computer simulations in science education

    Nico Rutten, Wouter R. van Joolingen & Jan T. van der Veen

    This article reviews the (quasi)experimental research of the past decade on the learning effects of computer simulations in science education. The focus is on two questions: how use of computer... More

    pp. 136-153

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  14. Place presence, social presence, co-presence, and satisfaction in virtual worlds

    Saniye Tugba Bulu

    This study investigated the relationship among three types of presences, including place presence, social presence, and co-presence in virtual worlds and their relationship with satisfaction and... More

    pp. 154-161

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  15. The relationship between frequency of Facebook use, participation in Facebook activities, and student engagement

    Reynol Junco

    Educators and others are interested in the effects of social media on college students, with a specific focus on the most popular social media website—Facebook. Two previous studies have examined... More

    pp. 162-171

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  16. Split-attention and redundancy effects on mobile learning in physical environments

    Tzu-Chien Liu, Yi-Chun Lin, Meng-Jung Tsai & Fred Paas

    This study investigated split-attention and redundancy effects in a mobile learning environment on leaf morphology of plants as a function of different combinations of media. Eighty-one fifth-grade... More

    pp. 172-180

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  17. Scaffolding strategies for supporting middle school students’ online inquiry processes

    Meilan Zhang & Chris Quintana

    Online inquiry, use of the Web as an information resource to inquire into science, has become increasingly common in middle schools in recent years. However, prior research has found that middle... More

    pp. 181-196

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  18. Effects of a digital intervention on the development of algebraic expertise

    Christian Bokhove & Paul Drijvers

    In this article we report on the effects of a digital intervention on the development of algebraic expertise of 17–18 year old students in the Netherlands. The question to be answered was whether... More

    pp. 197-208

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  19. Designing an adaptive web-based learning system based on students’ cognitive styles identified online

    Jia-Jiunn Lo, Ya-Chen Chan & Shiou-Wen Yeh

    This study developed an adaptive web-based learning system focusing on students’ cognitive styles. The system is composed of a student model and an adaptation model. It collected students’ browsing... More

    pp. 209-222

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  20. Cell phone video recording feature as a language learning tool: A case study

    Nicolas A. Gromik

    This paper reports on a case study conducted at a Japanese national university. Nine participants used the video recording feature on their cell phones to produce weekly video productions. The task... More

    pp. 223-230

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