The Centralisation Dilemma in Educational IT

The Centralisation Dilemma in Educational IT

Martin Weller (The Open University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0011-9.ch713
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The trend with organisational adoption of virtual learning environments (VLE) seems to be cyclical. Initially, a decentralised approach was adopted, wherein each department implemented different learning environments or mixtures of technology, often developed in-house. The last five years have seen an increased centralisation of learning environment implementation, with most universities adopting a single VLE. However, in more recent times the proliferation of free, easy-to-use third party tools that fulfil a range of functions has seen a desire amongst some educators to return to a more decentralised model of technology provision, by supporting Personal Learning Environments (PLE). This paper examines the issues surrounding both a centralised and decentralised model. These include pedagogic, support, financial, reliability, data and technical issues. The conclusion is that although the fully individualised PLE may not be possible or desirable in higher education, maintaining separate, often inferior versions of commonly available software is not a sustainable position.

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Chapter 1
Saša Mladenovic, Haidi Kuvac, Maja Štula
This paper describes a mathematical model of virtual learning environment considering both technology and users. Recognized interested users are... Sample PDF
Virtual Learning Environment
Chapter 2
Kelley Walters, Melanie Shaw, David Long
Drawing on current literature and a survey of online students and instructors from online institutions, the researchers explored the different types... Sample PDF
Distance Learning Courses: A Survey of Activities and Assignments
Chapter 3
Anthony A. Piña
In this chapter, the reader is taken through a macro level view of learning management systems, with a particular emphasis on systems offered by... Sample PDF
An Overview of Learning Management Systems
Chapter 4
Pablo Ortega Gil, Francisco Arcos García
The universe of blended learning started uncertainly, as all new ventures, amid overt resistance of traditionalist teachers, but boosted by the... Sample PDF
Blended Learning Revisited: How it Brought Engagement and Interaction into and Beyond the Classroom
Chapter 5
Nuno Sotero Alves da Silva, Gonçalo Jorge Morais da Costa, Mary Prior, Simon Rogerson
The development of educational technologies is enhancing a distinctive feature of learning environments: the learner’s personalized environment.... Sample PDF
The Evolution of E-learning Management Systems: An Ethical Approach
Chapter 6
Danilo M. Baylen, Mary Hancock, Carol M. Mullen, Mary Angela Coleman
This chapter focuses on the impact of a change in the use of a learning management system (LMS) at one university. Survey data captured faculty... Sample PDF
Preparing Faculty for a Learning Management System Transition
Chapter 7
Belinda Tynan, Cameron Barnes
This chapter argues that the latest wave of Web 2.0 technologies has the potential to transform online learning. To realize this potential... Sample PDF
Web 2.0 and Professional Development of Academic Staff
Chapter 8
Malinka Ivanova, Anguelina Popova
This paper presents the results of an exploratory study examining bachelor degree students’ experiences of learning with a new generation learning... Sample PDF
Formal and Informal Learning Flows Cohesion in Web 2.0 Environment
Chapter 9
Lesley S. J. Farmer
Technology incorporation adds another dimension to instructional design because it requires that the adult educator be skilled enough to design and... Sample PDF
Innovative Instructional Strategies with the Use of Technology for Adult Learners
Chapter 10
Manuela Repetto
The model is organised in five categories and about thirty indicators and it can be applied through the development of a coding scheme, a... Sample PDF
An Approach for Analysing Interactions within Virtual Learning Communities
Chapter 11
Rita de Cássia Veiga Marriott
This chapter outlines how collaborative learning and concept mapping have been incorporated and implemented within a blended foreign language... Sample PDF
Collaborative Learning and Concept Mapping for Language Teaching
Chapter 12
Henk Huijser, Michael Sankey
This chapter outlines the potential benefits of incorporating Web 2.0 technologies in a contemporary higher education context, and identifies... Sample PDF
“You Can Lead the Horse to Water, but … ”: Aligning Learning and Teaching in a Web 2.0 Context and Beyond
Chapter 13
Mitzi P. Trahan, Nan B. Adams, Susan Dupre
The growing experimentation with multi-user virtual environments for educational purposes demands rigorous examination of all aspects of these... Sample PDF
Virtual Learning Environments: Second Life MUVEs to Leverage Student Ownership
Chapter 14
Sven Wippermann
According to the theory of moderate constructivism, learning processes contain a social dimension. In this context, a continuous feedback is... Sample PDF
Didactic Design Pattern: Anonymous and Non-Anonymous Feedback
Chapter 15
James Laffey, Matthew Schmidt, Janine Stichter, Carla Schmidt, Danielle Oprean, Melissa Herzog, Ryan Babiuch
The purpose of the iSocial project is to support the development and practice of social competence for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders... Sample PDF
Designing for Social Interaction and Social Competence in a 3D-VLE
Chapter 16
Francisco Arcos, Pablo Ortega
The human mind needs order to understand anything and, in this respect, standards are essential because they impose order on the world. More... Sample PDF
Building a Framework for an English Language Course in an LMS with SCORM Compliant Learning Objects and Activities
Chapter 17
Kiyoshi Nakabayashi
A learner-adaptive self-learning environment has been developed in which both mobile phones and personal computers can be used as client terminals.... Sample PDF
Design and Implementation of Multiplatform Mobile-Learning Environment as an Extension of SCORM 2004 Specifications
Chapter 18
Nan B. Adams, Thomas A. DeVaney
The concept of leveraging strategic control of the knowledge from teachers to students in virtual learning environments serves as the basis for... Sample PDF
The Recursive Knowledge Development Model for Virtual Environments
Chapter 19
Lisa Carrington, Lisa Kervin, Brian Ferry
ClassSim, an online simulation, was developed to support existing teacher education programs by providing pre-service teachers with access to... Sample PDF
Virtual Learning Environment (ClassSim) Examined Under the Frame of Andragogy
Chapter 20
Haomin Wang, Mingming Shao
This chapter is a report on using a course management system Desire2Learn® to facilitate the implementation of the quality assurance standards... Sample PDF
Objective-Oriented Assessment in Desire2Learn for Quality Matters
Chapter 21
Fatma Meawad, Geneen Stubbs
MobiGlam is a generic framework of interoperability with existing virtual learning environments (VLEs) that provides a compact and easy to use... Sample PDF
Supporting Mobile Access to VLE Resources through MobiGlam
Chapter 22
Fatma Meawad, Geneen Stubbs
This chapter discusses the principles underpinning the design and the development of a framework, MobiGlam, which supports ubiquitous and scalable... Sample PDF
MobiGlam: A Framework of Interoperability and Adaptivity for Mobile Learning
Chapter 23
Gábor Kismihók, Barna Kovács, Réka Vas
This chapter describes the architecture of an ontology based content authoring system, developed according to the challenges emerging from Bologna... Sample PDF
Integrating Ontology-Based Content Management into a Mobilized Learning Environment
Chapter 24
Michael Hammond, Jie Hu
This chapter discusses the design of learning materials in the context of small scale projects within higher education. It describes the enduring... Sample PDF
The Design of Learning Materials within Small Scale Projects: What is the Value of an Action Research Approach?
Chapter 25
Sergey Butakov, Denis Smoline, Nousheen Naimat Samuel, Naima Naimat Samuel
The main objectives of this chapter are to provide a review of multi-agent platforms for learning environments, to discuss the use of lightweight... Sample PDF
An Architecture for Learning Environments Based on the Lightweight Integration of Intelligent Agents
Chapter 26
Jan Baum
The ubiquity of digital technology and the pervasiveness of the Web have led to a paradigm shift in life and work. Never before have so many tools... Sample PDF
Object Design in Virtual Immersive Environments
Chapter 27
Fredrik Paulsson, Mikael Berglund
A general SOA framework for Virtual Learning Environments, based on the VWE Learning Object Taxonomy, is suggested in this chapter. Five basic and... Sample PDF
SOA-Frameworks for Modular Virtual Learning Environments: Comparing Implementation Approaches
Chapter 28
Kevin Yee, Jace Hargis
This case presents the challenges and successes encountered when a university attempts to offer a course in a new online virtual learning... Sample PDF
Second Life Brought to Life: A Case of Usability In-World
Chapter 29
Elizabeth Wellman, Cathy Arreguin
The purpose of this chapter is to provide educators with a case study of the design, development, and implementation of a Multi User Virtual... Sample PDF
Science through Second Life: A Case Study of MUVE’s in an Urban 9th Grade Classroom
Chapter 30
Birgitta Kopp, Heinz Mandl
Collaborative learning is used as a key principle in several approaches for designing virtual learning environments (e.g. CTGV, 2000). This is due... Sample PDF
Supporting Virtual Collaborative Learning using Collaboration Scripts and Content Schemes
Chapter 31
Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos, Andreas Konstantinidis, Theodouli Terzidou, Lazaros Ioannidis, Chrysanthi Tseloudi
This chapter reviews and compares the most promising collaborative virtual environment platforms, which have been used or proposed for supporting... Sample PDF
CSCL Techniques in Collaborative Virtual Environments: The Case of Second Life
Chapter 32
Roberto Perez-Rodriguez, Manuel Caeiro-Rodriguez, Luis Anido-Rifon
This chapter deals with the support of collaboration in mobile Learning Management Systems. The authors propose a collaborative game, to be taken... Sample PDF
Using a Process-Aware Information System to Support Collaboration in Mobile Learning Management Systems
Chapter 33
Carola Kruse, Thanh-Thu Phan Tan, Arne Koesling, Marc Krüger
In Germany, a learning management system (LMS) has become an everyday online tool for the academic staff and students at almost every university.... Sample PDF
Strategies of LMS Implementation at German Universities
Chapter 34
Carmen Bao, José María Castresana
Providing interoperability by using standards and specifications for E-learning resources is an important element of the virtual learning... Sample PDF
Interoperability Approach in E-Learning Standardization Processes
Chapter 35
Douglas L. Holton
This chapter describes a case study of the design and implementation of an online project-based course for learning constructivist instructional... Sample PDF
Using Moodle to Teach Constructivist Learning Design Skills to Adult Learners
Chapter 36
Dick Ng’ambi
This chapter discusses the blending of anonymous short message services (SMS) with a learning management system (LMS) to support non-traditional... Sample PDF
Short Message Services for Supporting Student Learning: A Blended Approach
Chapter 37
Brian Ferry, Lisa Kervin, Lisa Carrington
This chapter presents one approach to educator development through games and simulations. The goal of the authors’ project was to enhance... Sample PDF
ClassSim: An Approach to Educator Development Through a Simulation
Chapter 38
Patricia Lupion Torres, Marcus Vinicius Santos Kucharski
More than forming technically competent professionals, universities face a new challenge: doing so under specific principles that can only be... Sample PDF
The Utilization of Concept Maps as Knowledge Systematization and Text-Authoring Tools in Collaboration-Based Educational Processes: The LOLA Experiment
Chapter 39
Tobias Zimmermann, Karen-Lynn Bucher, Daniel Hurtado
Attendance at classical lectures usually leads to rather poor learning success. A wide variety of studies show that while lectures are as effective... Sample PDF
Hybrid Dialog: Dialogic Learning in Large Lecture Classes
Chapter 40
Vincent Tam, Zexian Liao, C.H. Leung, Lawrence Yeung, A.C.M. Kwan
Game based learning (GBL) has significantly reshaped the latest educational or training technologies through engaging players in many carefully... Sample PDF
An Extendible Simulation Game to Promote Team Spirit on Mobile Computing Devices
Chapter 41
Yiu Chi Lai, Eugenia M.W. Ng
In the era of Web 2.0, students are not restricted to search and collect information from existing Internet resources. They are expected to be able... Sample PDF
A Case Study of Infusing Web 2.0 Tools for Blended Learning: Virtual Presentations as an Alternative Means of Assessment
Chapter 42
James M. Laffey, Janine Stichter, Matthew Schmidt
Online systems, especially 3D virtual environments, hold great potential to enrich and expand learning opportunities for those who are challenged by... Sample PDF
Social Orthotics for Youth with ASD to Learn in a Collaborative 3D VLE
Chapter 43
Jamie Ward
Academic libraries have adopted and adapted the e-learning technologies for delivery of their Information Literacy programmes. This chapter... Sample PDF
Applying E-learning Technologies to Library Information Literacy Instruction
Chapter 44
Julian Roelle, Kirsten Berthold, Stefan Fries
Feedback on learning strategies is a promising instructional support measure. However, research on the expertise reversal effect suggests that if... Sample PDF
Effects of Feedback on Learning Strategies in Learning Journals: Learner-Expertise Matters
Chapter 45
Marc Alier Forment, María José Casany Guerrero, Jordi Piguillem Poch
ICT in education innovators are creating new kinds of learning applications using all sorts of new technologies available: Web 2.0, Mobile, Gaming... Sample PDF
Towards Mobile Learning Applications Integration with Learning Management Systems
Chapter 46
Alberto Ramírez Martinell, Julie-Ann Sime
To close the gap between formal education and professional practice, Higher Education (HE) practitioners need to be aware of the importance of... Sample PDF
Video-Enriched Learning Experiences for Performing Arts Students: Two Exploratory Case Studies
Chapter 47
Yongho Kim
The case study is a chronicle of Korean elementary students’ efforts to gain autonomous control of a foreign language, English, from the top down... Sample PDF
Virtual Worlds and Avatars for the development of Primary Foreign Languages and Primary Foreign Languages for the Development of Real Children
Chapter 48
Yvonne Cleary
This chapter explores the development of online support for writing skills in one technical communication module taught at the University of... Sample PDF
Online Support for Students’ Writing Skills Development in a Technical Communication Introductory Module
Chapter 49
Brian Nolan, Lorraine Leeson
Irish Sign Language (ISL), an indigenous language of Ireland, is recognized by the European Union as a natural language. It is a language separate... Sample PDF
Online Delivery of Deaf Studies Curricula in Ireland at Third Level
Chapter 50
Brian Smith, Peter Reed
This chapter details the authors’ evidence-based pedagogical model – Mode Neutral – showing how contemporary education can promote the use of Web... Sample PDF
Mode Neutral: The Pedagogy that Bridges Web 2.0 and e-Learning 2.0
Chapter 51
Paloma Moreno-Clari, Esteban Sanchis-Kilders
The convergence process initiated by the European Higher Education Space (EHES) has changed the approach to the teaching and learning process... Sample PDF
Integrating New Open Source Assessment Tools into dotLearn LMS
Chapter 52
Sarah Atkinson
This chapter focuses upon a case study of an online higher education intervention – an interactive resource the author has devised as an aid to the... Sample PDF
Teaching Off-Line Digital Video Editing On-Line: An Exploration into Editing and Postproduction Digital Pedagogic Practice
Chapter 53
M. Valizadeh, B. Noroozi, G. A. Sorial
Virtual Reality and Virtual Learning Environments have become increasingly ambiguous terms in recent years because of essential elements... Sample PDF
3D Virtual Learning Environment for Engineering Students
Chapter 54
George. A. Sorial, Babak Noroozi
Traditional education for engineers has shifted towards new methods of teaching and learning through the proliferation of Information and... Sample PDF
Improvement of Engineering Students Education by E-learning
Chapter 55
Nita J. Matzen, William Edward Roberts, Penny Barker, Julie Marklin
STEM and ICT Instructional Worlds: The 3D Experience (STEM-ICT 3D) is funded by the National Science Foundation ITEST program. The project proposes... Sample PDF
Collaborating to Learn: Designing and Building 3D Immersive Virtual Learning Environments for Exploring STEM Concepts in Middle School
Chapter 56
Andreas Konstantinidis, Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos, Stavros Demetriadis, Andreas S. Pomportsis
This chapter compares the potential of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) to facilitate the... Sample PDF
Collaborative E-Learning Techniques: Learning Management Systems vs. Multi-User Virtual Environments
Chapter 57
Eileen O’Donnell
This chapter explores students’ perspectives on the transformations that the use of technology has brought to higher education. The use of... Sample PDF
The Student Perspective: Can the Use of Technologies Transform Learning?
Chapter 58
Urai Salam
This chapter reports on the students’ interaction taking place within the virtual learning environment, WebCT. It is particularly critical of... Sample PDF
The Students’ Participation in WebCT: An Activity Theory Perspective on Online Collaboration of Knowledge Construction
Chapter 59
Lixun Wang
With the rapid development of the Internet, blended learning (online learning plus face-to-face learning) has become a model that more and more... Sample PDF
Implementing and Promoting Blended Learning in Higher Education Institutions: Comparing Different Approaches
Chapter 60
Amy Ogan, H. Chad Lane
The authors review six virtual learning environments built to support the acquisition of cultural knowledge and communication skills: ATL, BiLAT... Sample PDF
Virtual Learning Environments for Culture and Intercultural Competence
Chapter 61
Julian Buchanan, Steve Wilson, Nirmala Gopal
This chapter explores the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to bring together students in criminology and social work from three... Sample PDF
Examining Race Hate Crime with Students using a Cross Cultural International Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Chapter 62
Julie A. Ray
Colleges and Universities across the United States have experienced an unprecedented growth in the availability of and demand for online courses and... Sample PDF
Benchmarking Online Learning Practices in Higher Education: Software Selection, Teacher Preparation, and Course Evaluation
Chapter 63
Maria Chiara Caschera, Alessia D’Andrea, Fernando Ferri, Patrizia Grifoni
Interaction among members in Virtual Learning Communities influences the communities’ evolution. Starting from this consideration, this chapter... Sample PDF
Knowledge Access and Interaction Evolution in Virtual Learning Communities
Chapter 64
Kathrin Helling, Christian Petter
In this chapter, a practical example of designing and implementing a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) building on aspects of collaborative... Sample PDF
Collaborative Knowledge Construction in Virtual Learning Environments: A Good Practice Example of Designing Online Courses in Moodle
Chapter 65
Sergey Butakov, Vladislav Shcherbinin
The main objectives of this chapter are to review the state-of-the art in plagiarism detection methods, discuss the most popular software tools... Sample PDF
Plagiarism Detection Tools in Learning Management Systems
Chapter 66
Lisa Soon, Campbell Fraser
How does e-learning support group work in university information and communication technology (ICT) education within a blended learning environment?... Sample PDF
E-Learning for ICT Group Work in a Blended Learning Environment
Chapter 67
Noha Saleeb, Georgios A. Dafoulas
Universities and educational institutions are currently becoming more dependent on delivering courses within online virtual worlds, such as 3D... Sample PDF
Effects of Virtual World Environments in Student Satisfaction: An Examination of the Role of Architecture in 3D Education
Chapter 68
Abel Usoro, Grzegorz Majewski, Len Bloom
There is no doubt that e-learning is not all about technology but includes the human aspect which is often neglected in studies of e-learning. This... Sample PDF
Individual and Collaborative Approaches in E-Learning Design
Chapter 69
Steven F. Tello, Luvai Motiwalla
Increased demands for accountability among state and federal policy makers require that colleges and universities improve the process of measuring... Sample PDF
Using a Learning Management System to Facilitate Learning Outcomes Assessment
Chapter 70
Wolfgang Hommel
Once a prototype for a Learning Management System (LMS) has successfully been set up and tested, the demand for putting it into production use... Sample PDF
Security and Privacy Management for Learning Management Systems
Chapter 71
Tom Butler, Audrey Grace
In this chapter, the authors examine how building, integrating and maintaining human capital with Learning Management Systems acts as an enabler for... Sample PDF
Building and Maintaining Human Capital with Learning Management Systems
Chapter 72
Hao Jiang, John M. Carroll, Craig Ganoe
This chapter discusses a particular pedagogical methodology, case-based learning, and introduces an application that supports case studies. It... Sample PDF
Managing Case-Based Learning with Interactive Case Study Libraries
Chapter 73
Rosalyn Rufer, Ruifang Hope Adams
The purpose of this chapter is to adapt instructional strategies to virtual world learning environment in Second Life and reach more diverse... Sample PDF
Adapting Three-Dimensional-Virtual World to Reach Diverse Learners in an MBA Program
Chapter 74
Katherine Watson
“Linguistic relativism” leads people of different cultures to define, explain, and even see reality in images framed by their diverse languages. The... Sample PDF
Incorporating “World View” into the LMS or CMS is Best
Chapter 75
Konrad Peszynski
This study examines the role of power and politics in systems implementation. Current literature misses the complexities involved in systems... Sample PDF
Understanding Human Factors in Systems Selection and Implementation: Exploring the Role of Power and Politics
Chapter 76
Demetrios G. Sampson, Panagiotis Zervas
Learning Management Systems (LMS) are widely used in Higher Education offering important benefits to students, tutors, administrators and the... Sample PDF
Mobile Learning Management Systems in Higher Education
Chapter 77
José Paulo Leal, Ricardo Queirós
Learning management systems are routinely used for presenting, solving and grading exercises with large classes. However, teachers are constrained... Sample PDF
Integrating the LMS in Service Oriented eLearning Systems
Chapter 78
Fernando Lera-López, Javier Faulin, Angel A. Juan, Victor Cavaller
In this chapter the authors first explain the recently created European Higher Education Area and its implications over instructors’ and students’... Sample PDF
Monitoring Students’ Activity and Performance in Online Higher Education: A European Perspective
Chapter 79
Toshie Ninomiya, Fumihiko Anma, Toshio Okamoto
In this chapter, the concept of an organizational knowledge circulation management system of e-learning is presented. The authors have developed a... Sample PDF
An Organizational Knowledge Circulation Management System for Universities
Chapter 80
Swapna Kumar
Teacher educators preparing their students for 21st century schools are increasingly using online technologies in on-campus courses. While some... Sample PDF
Faculty Reflections on Decision-Making and Pedagogical Use of Online Activities in Teacher Education
Chapter 81
V. G. Adlakha, A. K. Aggarwal
In this chapter the authors offer a faculty perspective on desirable features of a Course Management System (CMS) to teach a course efficiently and... Sample PDF
Analyzing functionalities of Course Management Systems: A Faculty Perspective
Chapter 82
Mehregan Mahdavi, Mohammad H. Khoobkar
Learning Management Systems (LMS) enable effective design and delivery of learning materials. They are Web-based software applications used to plan... Sample PDF
Effective Design and Delivery of Learning Materials in Learning Management Systems
Chapter 83
Tim Brown, Amanda Groff
The growth of social media and mobile communication provides educators with an opportunity to transmit course-related information to students in new... Sample PDF
But Do They Want Us in “Their” World?: Evaluating the Types of Academic Information Students Want through Mobile and Social Media
Chapter 84
Amelia W. Cheney, Peter Nelsen
A focus on interpersonal relationships and the creation of caring, democratic learning experiences may cause some to reject virtual learning... Sample PDF
Caring in the Zone: Fostering Relationships in Virtual Learning Communities
Chapter 85
Ray Archee, Myra Gurney
Although it is a legal requirement of all organizations to permit sensorially, cognitively, and physically disabled persons equitable access to... Sample PDF
Integrating Culture with E-Learning Management System Design
Chapter 86
Aida Suraya Md. Yunus, Hamidah Meseran, Zaidan Abdul Wahab
Universiti Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) vision is to become a university with international repute. The Strategic Plan Document 2001- 2010 includes a goal... Sample PDF
Enculturation of the Utilization of Learning Management System: The Experience of Universiti Putra Malaysia
Chapter 87
Wan Ching Ho, Kerstin Dautenhahn, Meiyii Lim, Sibylle Enz, Carsten Zoll, Scott Watson
This article presents research towards the development of a virtual learning environment (VLE) inhabited by intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) and... Sample PDF
Towards Learning ‘Self’ and Emotional Knowledge in Social and Cultural Human-Agent Interactions
Chapter 88
Mei-Chung Lin, Mei-Chi Chen, Chin-Chang Chen
The core value of Web 2.0 lies in its potential for building technologies that are open, decentralized, and shared. This paper designs group... Sample PDF
Dialogues and Perception of Intersubjectivity in a Small Group
Chapter 89
Kenneth David Strang
Virtual learning is a popular teaching modality, and it has been reported in research that there is no significant difference in academic outcome as... Sample PDF
Constructivism in Synchronous and Asynchronous Virtual Learning Environments for a Research Methods Course
Chapter 90
Nita J. Matzen, Louisa Ochoa, Geraldine Purpur
Academic libraries face challenges in meeting the information literacy needs of their off-campus students and providing comparable experiences as... Sample PDF
At the Intersection of Learning: The Role of the Academic Library in 3D Environments
Chapter 91
Brian G. Burton, Barbara Martin, Doug Thomas
This chapter’s goal is to examine the experiences and perceptions of undergraduate students using a 3D Virtual Learning Environment. After creating... Sample PDF
Collaboration and the Use of Three Dimensional Interface within a Virtual Learning Environment
Chapter 92
Pamela L. Anderson-Mejías
This chapter describes a successful means of introducing returning, older students to online education in a university setting. After presenting... Sample PDF
Technophobe to Technophile…Entering the Internet Culture
Chapter 93
Ken Stevens
Schools located in rural communities are often physically small in terms of the number of students who attend them in person on a daily basis, but... Sample PDF
Three Stages in the Social Construction of Virtual Learning Environments
Chapter 94
Lourdes Moreno, Ana Iglesias, Rocío Calvo, Sandra Delgado, Luis Zaragoza
The method application is for all LMS, in order to illustrate the effectiveness of the evaluation method, we present a case study over the... Sample PDF
Disability Standards and Guidelines for Learning Management Systems: Evaluating Accessibility
Chapter 95
Martin Weller
The trend with organisational adoption of virtual learning environments (VLE) seems to be cyclical. Initially, a decentralised approach was adopted... Sample PDF
The Centralisation Dilemma in Educational IT
Chapter 96
Dirk Thißen, Volker Zimmermannn, Tilman Küchler
Personalisation is a key requirement to motivate learners to use learning technology and self-paced content. Whereas most research and technologies... Sample PDF
Into the Great Wide Open: Responsive Learning Environments for Personalised Learning
Chapter 97
Morten Misfeldt, Anders Sanne
Teaching and learning mathematics at university level is increasingly being supported by Learning Management Systems. In this chapter, we report... Sample PDF
Formula Editors and Handwriting in Mathematical E-Learning
Chapter 98
Leslie Jarmon
This article previews the emergence of homo virtualis. Drawing on data from seven research studies, peer-reviewed published research articles, and... Sample PDF
Homo Virtualis: Virtual Worlds, Learning, and an Ecology of Embodied Interaction
Chapter 99
José Paulo Leal, Ricardo Queirós
A Learning Management System (LMS) plays an important role in any eLearning environment. Still, the LMS cannot afford to be isolated from other... Sample PDF
A Comparative Study on LMS Interoperability
Chapter 100
Gary M. Szirony, Carrie J. Boden
In the findings from the quantitative portion of the study, there were no significant differences between the three groups of interest. Most of the... Sample PDF
Course Management Systems in Transition: A Mixed-Method Investigation of Students Perceptions and Attitudesof Distance Education
Chapter 101
Dimos Triantis, Errikos Ventouras
The present chapter deals with the variants of grading schemes that are applied in current Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) tests. MCQs are ideally... Sample PDF
Enhancing Electronic Examinations through Advanced Multiple-Choice Questionnaires
Chapter 102
Kate Schrauth, Elie Losleben
With the high school dropout rate in the United States at epidemic levels and the proportion of guidance counselors decreasing, mentoring programs... Sample PDF
Mentoring the Next Generation
Chapter 103
Morgan Luck
In this chapter the author highlights some of the risks associated with universities establishing surveillance tools within virtual learning... Sample PDF
Surveillance in the Virtual Classroom
Chapter 104
Ian Douglas
Much research into educational technology is focused on tools for supporting teaching and learning. In contrast to this work, relatively little... Sample PDF
Improving the Tracking of Student Participation and Effort in Online Learning
Chapter 105
Birgit Loch
Keywords: Distance education, Mathematics, Screencasting, Tablet technology, Technology enhanced learning Sample PDF
Screencasting for Mathematics Online Learning: A Case Study of a First Year Operations Research Course at a Dual Delivery Mode Australian University
Chapter 106
Cindy Xin, Geoffrey Glass, Andrew Feenberg, Eva Bures, Phil Abrami
Our research aims to improve online discussion forums. The authors identify typical problems in online discussion that create difficulties for... Sample PDF
From Active Reading to Active Dialogue: An Investigation of Annotation-Enhanced Online Discussion Forums
Chapter 107
Joan Richardson, John Lenarcic
This case study chapter will outline the results of a 2006 pilot test into the use of Short Message Service (SMS) to augment the provision of... Sample PDF
The “Trigger” Experience: Text Messaging as an Aide Memoire to Alert Students in Mobile Usage of Teaching and Learning Resources
Chapter 108
Chien-hsing Wang
This paper reports the investigation of the application of self-assessment in an online learning setting based on action research. The research... Sample PDF
An Exploratory Study of Student Self-Assessment in an Online Learning Context
Chapter 109
Paul Lam, Judy Lo, Jack Lee, Carmel McNaught
Effective record-keeping, and extraction and interpretation of activity logs recorded in learning management systems (LMS), can reveal valuable... Sample PDF
Evaluations of Online Learning Activities Based on LMS Logs