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Selected Research and Development Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology [AECT]

February 1999

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Number of papers: 37

  1. No Comparison: Distance Education Finds a New Use for "No Significant Difference."

    Barbara B. Lockee, John K. Burton & Lawrence H. Cross

    This paper details the origins of the media comparison study methodology, its current use as an evaluation instrument in distance education, and recommendations for more stringent discrimination... More

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  2. Which Way To Jump: Conventional Frog Dissection, CD-Tutorial, or Microworld?

    Christine S. Marszalek & James Lockard

    This study investigated and compared the level of initial and long-term retention of frog internal anatomy among students using an interactive CD tutorial, a desktop microworld, and conventional... More

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  3. Designing On-Line Instruction Using Multidisciplinary Approaches

    Sandra Andrews, Samuel A. DiGangi, David Winograd, Angel Jannasch-Pennell & Chong-Ho Yu

    Instruction Support (IS) at Arizona State University is a multidisciplinary group integrating academia with information technology. Unique features having to do with the status of computing at the ... More

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  4. Person-Environment Interaction in the Virtual Classroom: An Initial Examination

    Susan M. Powers, Michaeleen Davis & Eileen Torrence

    This pilot study explores the perceptions of distance education students of their classroom environment using the College/University Classroom Environment Inventory (CUCEI), a traditional classroom... More

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  5. Using Discourse Analysis as a Research Tool for Understanding User Navigation Models

    Richard J. Voithofer

    This paper examines how discourse analysis can be used as a methodology for understanding the mental models that influence how people navigate the Internet. Discourse analysis provides a... More

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  6. Technology, Teaching, and Learning in Iowa High Schools

    Nancy Maushak, Lynn Manternach Wigans & Caryl Bender

    This project was part of the program evaluation of the Iowa Distance Education Alliance, a Star Schools Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Thirty Iowa high schools were selected to... More

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  7. International Team Teaching: A Partnership between Mexico and Texas

    Lauren Cifuentes & Karen L. Murphy

    This case study reports on collaborative activities among four fourth grade teachers and their students over a year and explores the effectiveness of distance learning for international team... More

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  8. The ARCS Model for Developing Motivationally-Adaptive Computer-Assisted Instruction

    Sang H. Song & John M. Keller

    This study examined the effects of a prototype of motivationally-adaptive CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction), developed in accordance with the ARCS (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, Satisfaction)... More

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  9. A Case Study of Using Groupware To Support Collaborative Activities in a Distance Learning Course

    Lara M. Luetkehans

    This case study examined the ways a groupware tool, TWISTER (Talking - Writing - Information access - Solving problems with Technology for Education and Research), was used to create a learner... More

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  10. The Major Themes and Trends in Doctoral Dissertation Research in Educational Technology from 1977 through 1998

    Edward P. Caffarella

    This paper presents a content analysis of doctoral dissertations in the field of educational technology from 1977 through 1998. Specific research questions include major research themes, how the... More

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  11. Student Model Construction: An Interactive Strategy for Mental Models Learning

    Ray Bland & Martin Tessmer

    This research explored the thesis that mental model construction can be an effective instructional strategy for mental models learning by constructing a prototype that embodies this approach. The... More

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  12. Project-Based Learning with the World Wide Web: A Qualitative Study of Resource Integration

    Susan M. Land & Barbara Greene

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the process used by learners to direct, locate, and integrate information resources for use in a project-based environment. Four cases (n=9, including... More

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  13. Psychological Factors Influencing World-Wide Web Navigation

    Amy L. Baylor

    This experimental study investigated internal (psychological characteristics) and external (World Wide Web site features) factors influencing learning and disorientation in Web navigation. The... More

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  14. Screen Miniatures as Icons for Backward Navigation in Content-Based Software

    Elizabeth Boling, Guoping Ma, Chia-Wen Tao, Cengiz Askun, Tim Green, Theodore Frick & Heike Schaumburg

    Users of content-based software programs, including hypertexts and instructional multimedia, rely on the navigation functions provided by the designers of those program. Typical navigation schemes ... More

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  15. Planning and Implementing Web-Based Instruction: Tools for Decision Analysis

    Stephen W. Harmon & Marshall G. Jones

    This paper discusses issues and factors involved in making decisions on whether to use World Wide Web-based instruction. Five levels of Web-based instruction (no Web use, informational,... More

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  16. Development Research Applied To Improve Motivation in Distance Education

    Lya Visser, Tjeerd Plomp & Wilmad Kuiper

    This study introduced motivational strategies in the student support system of a distance education program, offered by the University of London (England) and implemented by the International... More

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  17. Portraying the Work of Instructional Designing: An Activity-Oriented Analysis

    Gail A. Rathbun

    This study tested the usefulness of an activity-oriented approach in describing and explaining the work of designing an international distance education course in business entrepreneurship at... More

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  18. Research on Technology Courses at Colleges of Education

    Amy Sheng Chieh Leh

    This study investigated the structure and content of technology courses at 25 colleges of education. Data were collected through interviews at two professional conventions, followed up by e-mail... More

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  19. Secondary Teachers' Professional Uses of Computers

    Robin T. Chiero

    The purpose of this study was to investigate teachers' perceptions of the role computers play in their workplace performance. Subjects were 142 secondary public school teachers who responded to a... More

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  20. Instructionist versus Constructionist Web-Based Collaborative Learning Environments

    Greg Sherman

    This study investigated the effects of instructionist (navigational, functional) versus constructionist (adaptive) World Wide Web (WWW) site environments on collaboration, achievement, attitudes,... More

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