Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category

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Exploring the Dimensions of Self-Efficacy in Virtual World Learning: Environment, Task, and Content

 This study explores the dimensionality of college students’ self-efficacy related to their academic activities in the open-ended virtual world of Second Life (SL). To do this, relevant dimensions of self-efficacy were theoretically derived, and items to measure these dimensions were developed and then assessed using a survey methodology. Using data from 486 students enrolled in […]

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Does the Online Environment Promote Plagiarism? A Comparative Study of Dissertations from Brick-and-Mortar versus Online Institutions

In recent years, there has been a concern that the Internet has been contributing to a growth in student plagiarism. This paper reports on a study aimed at investigating if there were differences between plagiarism levels in doctoral dissertations submitted by students enrolled at traditional, brick-and-mortar institutions and those by students attending online counterparts. A […]

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Baroness Lane-Fox installed as sixth Chancellor of The Open University

Co-Founder of LastMinute.com and digital pioneer, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, has become the sixth Chancellor of The Open University (OU). Martha Lane Fox delivered her inaugural speech as Chancellor at an official installation ceremony today (Wednesday 10 September 2014). Open University Press Release

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Revisiting the “Sleeping Giant” Metaphor: Is It Still Sleeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Is It Still Really a Giant?

In order to revisit Martorella’s metaphor of technology as a sleeping giant this paper analyzes data collected over multiple years in order to provide a portrait of how preservice teachers make sense of and choose (if at all) to integrate digital technologies within their internship classrooms.  Findings indicate that in the Commonwealth of Virginia, within […]

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What Does the Eye See? Reading Online Primary Source Photographs in History

This exploratory study looks at how a sample of preservice teachers and historians read visuals in the context of school history. The participants used eye tracking technology and think-aloud protocol, as they examined a series of online primary source photographs from a virtual exhibit. Voluntary participants (6 students and 2 professional historians) were recruited at […]

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An Exploration of Metacognition in Asynchronous Student-Led Discussions: A Qualitative Inquiry

Research is limited on how metacognition is facilitated and manifested in socially situated online learning environments such as online discussion forums. We approached metacognition as the phenomenon of interest with a methodological objective to evaluate the relevance of a metacognition construct. We also had a content objective to study student-led facilitation of discussions as a […]

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ePortfolios and Audience: Teaching a Critical Twenty-First Century Skill

This article reports on a three-year investigation into how and to what extent ePortfolios sponsor teacher and student learning about audience in first-year writing classes at a mid-sized research university. Through interviews with students and instructors and detailed analysis of students’ ePortfolios, we found that, more often than not, the audience for ePortfolios is multiple. […]

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Success Factors for e-Learning in a Developing Country: A Case Study of Serbia

In this paper, DeLone and McLean’s updated information system model was used to evaluate the success of an e-Learning system and its courses in a transitional country like Serbia. In order to adapt this model to an e-Learning system, suitable success metrics were chosen for each of the evaluation stages. Furthermore, the success metrics for […]

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Working as a System for the Citizens of the State of Georgia

When it comes to the delivery of IT services, the 31 institutions of the University System of Georgia work together as a system to ensure the delivery of more-effective technology solutions at costs that they can better afford. EDUCAUSE Full Article  

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Designing for Learning Engagement in Remote Communities: Narratives from North of Sixty

There are multiple challenges to designing learning experiences for schools in remote communities, including technology and infrastructure limitations, high teacher and administrator turnover, and conflicting interests between local culture and school curricula. In this paper, we offer a brief history of educational initiatives in remote Arctic communities, focusing on: 1) the importance of traditional knowledge, […]