Archive for the ‘Research’ Category


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, […]

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The SAPO Campus recommender system: a study about students’ and teachers’ opinions

This paper aims to assess the relevance and usefulness of the SAPO Campus recommender system, through the analysis of students’ and teachers’ opinions. Recommender systems, assuming a ‘technology-driven’ approach, have been designed with the primary goal of predicting user interests based on the implicit analysis of their actions and interactions. The results of this study […]


Learning Outcomes in a Stress Management Course: Online versus Face-to-Face

The purpose of this study was to compare learning outcomes in a stress management course delivered in an online environment with those in the traditional, face-to-face (F2F) classroom. Learning outcomes assessed were exam scores, perceptions relating to awareness of and ability to handle stress, and self-reported decreases in heart rates following five relaxation exercises. Impact […]


Student Performance at a Community College: Mode of Delivery, Employment, and Academic Skills as Predictors of Success

Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate differences in online and face-to-face (F2F) student performance. However, relatively little work has been done to evaluate differences in online and F2F student performance at community colleges, which attract different students than 4-year institutions and professional programs. Using multiple and logistic regression models, the authors examined 11 predictors […]


Interaction Patterns in Synchronous Online Calculus and Linear Algebra Recitations

This study describes interaction patterns observed during a pilot project that explored the use of web-conferencing (WC) software in two undergraduate distance education courses offered to advanced high-school students. The pilot program replaced video-conferencing technology with WC software during recitations, so as to increase participation in the program from schools systems unable to afford the […]


Open badges for education: what are the implications at the intersection of open systems and badging?

Badges have garnered great interest among scholars of digital media and learning. In addition, widespread initiatives such as Mozilla’s Open Badge Framework expand the potential of badging into the realm of open education. In this paper, we explicate the concept of open badges. We highlight some of the ways that researchers have examined badges as […]

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Internet self-efficacy does not predict student use of Internet-mediated educational technology

Two studies tested the hypothesis that use of learning technologies among undergraduate psychology students was associated with higher Internet self-efficacy (ISE). In Study 1, the ISE scores of 86 students were found not to be associated with either attitudes towards, or measured use of, blogs and wikis as part of an IT skills course. ISE […]


Mindtool-Assisted In-Field Learning (MAIL): An Advanced Ubiquitous Learning Project in Taiwan

Scholars have identified that learning in an authentic environment with quality contextual and procedural supports can engage students in thorough observations and knowledge construction. Moreover, the target is that students are able to experience and make sense of all of the learning activities in the real-world environment with meaningful supports, such that their learning motivation […]

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Guest Editorial: Powering Up: Insights from Distinguished Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning Projects across the World: Gwo-Jen Hwang and Lung-Hsiang Wong

Recent progress in mobile and wireless communication technologies has led to new development of technology- enhanced learning, enabling students to learn in the way that encompasses formal and informal learning across locations and time with supports or guidance from learning systems (Hwang, Wu, Zhuang, & Huang, 2013). Educational Technology & Society Editorial


Learning with and from Facebook: Uncovering power asymmetries in educational interactions

Although social networking sites (SNS) are increasingly popular among students, their academic application is unfolding on trial basis and best practices for integration into mainstream teaching are yet to be fully realised. More importantly, is the need to understand how these sites shape academic relations and participation of heterogeneous students, particularly in resource-constrained African environments. […]