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Research Reports

DERN provides access to quality assured and current information resources around the use of digital technologies and digital media in education. These resources are annotated and linked to relevant categories to enable access to collections of similar resources under specific topics.


Understanding student perceptions and motivation towards academic blogs: an exploratory study

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Collaboration Engagement and performance Pedagogy

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The success of academic blogs depends on the participation and engagement of students. Taking an exploratory approach, this study aims to develop a better understanding of the perceptions of student teachers towards academic blogging, and the factors that motivate them to write academic blogs voluntarily.

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The state of Wiki usage in U.S. K–12 schools: leveraging Web 2.0 data warehouses to assess quality and equity in online learning environments

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Collaboration Electronic portfolios Interactive personal networking Pedagogy Social Media

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To document wiki usage in U.S. K–12 settings, this study examined a representative sample drawn from a population of nearly 180,000 wikis. The authors measured the opportunities wikis provide for students to develop 21st-century skills such as expert thinking, complex communication, and new media literacy.

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Beyond marks: new tools to visualise student engagement via social networks

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Assessment online Collaboration Engagement and performance Innovation Pedagogy Social Media

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Analysis of data collected shows that network visualisation can be an important curation tool for educators interested in cultivating student engagement.

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Student capabilities and attitudes towards ICT in the early years

Posted on 18 Jun 2011 with 0 comments
21st century skills Early childhood ICT in education

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This study investigated the use of ICT in the Early Years (R-3) in two diverse school settings. Students were surveyed to investigate their use of ICT at home and school. The findings presented, focus on student’s self-assessed capabilities and attitudes using ICT and explore differences between the responses from the two schools.

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Legal risks for students using social networking sites

Posted on 18 Jun 2011 with 0 comments
Interactive personal networking Social Media

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There are significant privacy, intellectual property, copyright and disclosure risks associated with the ill-considered use of social networking sites, however, the implementation of regulatory actions may also undermine the social and emerging educational utility of social networking sites for young people.

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Lessons learned? Teaching student teachers to use ICT in their subject teaching: a view from the UK

Posted on 18 Jun 2010 with 0 comments
21st century skills ICT in education Teacher capacity

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The paper looks at the recent history of ICT policy for initial teacher education in the context of student teachers’ views on various components of their ‘education’ in the use of new technology to teach their subject. In spite of the importance attached to this facet of initial training, and significant investment in training materials and resources, there is evidence to suggest that much of this investment is not found to be helpful by students.

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Technological issues for computer-based assessment

Posted on 19 Mar 2010 with 0 comments
Assessment online

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This paper reviews the contribution of new information-communication technologies to the advancement of educational assessment. Improvements can be described in terms of precision in detecting the actual values of the observed variables, efficiency in collecting and processing information, and speed and frequency of feedback given for the participants and stakeholders.

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