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Computers & Education

February 2012 Volume 58, Number 2

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Number of articles: 16

  1. The role of collective efficacy, cognitive quality, and task cohesion in computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL)

    Shu-Ling Wang & Gwo-Jen Hwang

    Research has suggested that CSCL environments contain fewer social context clues, resulting in various group processes, performance or motivation. This study thus attempts to explore the... More

    pp. 679-687

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  2. Researching instructional use and the technology acceptation of learning management systems by secondary school teachers

    Cindy De Smet, Jeroen Bourgonjon, Bram De Wever, Tammy Schellens & Martin Valcke

    The aim of this large-scale study was to understand the technology acceptation of learning management systems (LMS) by secondary school teachers and to investigate the instructional use of LMS,... More

    pp. 688-696

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  3. Exploring the relation between visualizer–verbalizer cognitive styles and performance with visual or verbal learning material

    Bas Kolloffel

    A student might find a certain representational format (e.g., diagram, text) more attractive than other formats for learning. Computer technology offers opportunities to adjust the formats used in ... More

    pp. 697-706

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  4. Risky business or sharing the load? – Social flow in collaborative mobile learning

    Hokyoung Ryu & David Parsons

    Mobile learning has been built upon the premise that we can transform traditional classroom or computer-based learning activities into a more ubiquitous and connected form of learning. Tentative... More

    pp. 707-720

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  5. The effects of presentation method and information density on visual search ability and working memory load

    Ting-Wen Chang, Kinshuk, Nian-Shing Chen & Pao-Ta Yu

    This study investigates the effects of successive and simultaneous information presentation methods on learner’s visual search ability and working memory load for different information densities.... More

    pp. 721-731

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  6. Perspectives on personal learning environments held by vocational students

    Teemu Valtonen, Stina Hacklin, Patrick Dillon, Mikko Vesisenaho, Jari Kukkonen & Aija Hietanen

    This article focuses on personal learning environments (PLEs). The idea with PLEs is to put students in a more central position in the learning process by allowing them to design their own learning... More

    pp. 732-739

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  7. ComPLuS model: A new insight in pupils’ collaborative talk, actions and balance during a computer-mediated music task

    Georgia N. Nikolaidou

    This exploratory work describes and analyses the collaborative interactions that emerge during computer-based music composition in the primary school. The study draws on socio-cultural theories of ... More

    pp. 740-765

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  8. Networked Participatory Scholarship: Emergent techno-cultural pressures toward open and digital scholarship in online networks

    George Veletsianos & Royce Kimmons

    We examine the relationship between scholarly practice and participatory technologies and explore how such technologies invite and reflect the emergence of a new form of scholarship that we call ... More

    pp. 766-774

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  9. Embedding game-based problem-solving phase into problem-posing system for mathematics learning

    Kuo-En Chang, Lin-Jung Wu, Sheng-En Weng & Yao-Ting Sung

    A problem-posing system is developed with four phases including posing problem, planning, solving problem, and looking back, in which the “solving problem” phase is implemented by game-scenarios.... More

    pp. 775-786

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  10. Preference-inconsistent recommendations: An effective approach for reducing confirmation bias and stimulating divergent thinking?

    Christina Schwind, Jürgen Buder, Ulrike Cress & Friedrich W. Hesse

    The Web is a perfect backdrop for opinion formation as a multitude of different opinions is publicly available. However, the different opinions often remain unexploited: Learners prefer preference-... More

    pp. 787-796

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  11. Are young generations in secondary school digitally competent? A study on Italian teenagers

    Antonio Calvani, Antonio Fini, Maria Ranieri & Patrizia Picci

    Digital competences amongst the younger generations and the role of schools faced with the spread of new youth practices are topics of increasing interest. Some commentators state that, thanks to... More

    pp. 797-807

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  12. E-learning as innovation: Exploring innovativeness of the VET teachers’ community in Estonia

    Krista Loogma, Juri Kruusvall & Meril Umarik

    In this article, the acceptance of e-learning by teachers of vocational secondary and professional higher education institutions (hereafter: VET teachers) in Estonia has been analysed. The analysis... More

    pp. 808-817

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  13. Student engagement with assessment and feedback: Some lessons from short-answer free-text e-assessment questions

    Sally Jordan

    Students were observed directly, in a usability laboratory, and indirectly, by means of an extensive evaluation of responses, as they attempted interactive computer-marked assessment questions that... More

    pp. 818-834

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  14. Adaptive educational hypermedia accommodating learning styles: A content analysis of publications from 2000 to 2011

    Yavuz Akbulut & Cigdem Suzan Cardak

    Implementing instructional interventions to accommodate learner differences has received considerable attention. Among these individual difference variables, the empirical evidence regarding the... More

    pp. 835-842

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  15. Critical success factors for e-learning in developing countries: A comparative analysis between ICT experts and faculty

    Wannasiri Bhuasiri, Oudone Xaymoungkhoun, Hangjung Zo, Jae Jeung Rho & Andrew P. Ciganek

    This study identifies the critical success factors that influence the acceptance of e-learning systems in developing countries. E-learning is a popular mode of delivering educational materials in... More

    pp. 843-855

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  16. Can multiple “spatial” virtual timelines convey the relatedness of chronological knowledge across parallel domains?

    Liliya Korallo, Nigel Foreman, Stephen Boyd-Davis, Magnus Moar & Mark Coulson

    Single linear virtual timelines have been used effectively with undergraduates and primary school children to convey the chronological ordering of historical items, improving on PowerPoint and... More

    pp. 856-862

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