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Educational Technology Research and Development

October 2009 Volume 57, Number 5

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Number of articles: 6

  1. Social Conversation and Effective Discussion in Online Group Learning

    Fei-Ching Chen & Thomas C. Wang

    This paper studies the social talk of high school students in online discussion forums. On-task talk has generally been assessed as valuable discussion because it contributes directly to productive... More

    pp. 587-612

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  2. Towards an Idea-Centered, Principle-Based Design Approach to Support Learning as Knowledge Creation

    Huang-Yao Hong & Florence R. Sullivan

    While the importance of viewing learning as knowledge creation is gradually recognized (Paavola et al. Computer-supported collaborative learning: foundations for a CSCL community 2002; Rev Educ Res... More

    pp. 613-627

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  3. A Feedback Learning and Mental Models Perspective on Strategic Decision Making

    Carlos Capelo & Joao Ferreira Dias

    This study aims to be a contribution to a theoretical model that explains the effectiveness of the learning and decision-making processes by means of a feedback and mental models perspective. With ... More

    pp. 629-644

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  4. The Critical, Relational Practice of Instructional Design in Higher Education: An Emerging Model of Change Agency

    Katy Campbell, Richard A. Schwier & Richard F. Kenny

    This paper offers an emerging interpretive framework for understanding the active role instructional designers play in the transformation of learning systems in higher education. A 3-year study of ... More

    pp. 645-663

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  5. Item Validation of Online Postsecondary Courses: Rating the Proximity between Similarity and Dissimilarity among Item Pairs (Validation Study Series I: Multidimensional Scaling)

    Soonhwa Seok

    The purpose of this study was to identify and validate items applicable to evaluating online courses at the postsecondary level. Items were derived from a review of the literature. Four judges... More

    pp. 665-684

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  6. Interactive Learning through Web-Mediated Peer Review of Student Science Reports

    Nancy M. Trautmann

    Two studies analyzed impacts of writing and receiving web-mediated peer reviews on revision of research reports by undergraduate science students. After conducting toxicology experiments, 77... More

    pp. 685-704

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