Educational Technology

Educational Technology

  • Alice Sterling Honig added an answer:
    Are you with or against proposing a new learning theory?

    Several years ago, I ran a debate with one of my professors at Education Department about human working memory. He insisted that technology has ruined human memory; many people rely more and more on their mobiles and laptops instead of their own memories. He also presented some research evidence showing that.
    At that time, it was hard for me to accept this idea. I argued that human is a clever being. If tools or technologies would help us to save our memories, then is it logical to kick these technologies out or even reduce our usage of them because they harm our memories? However, my opinion was not supported by a solid theory. Cognitivism and Constructivism clearly state that our inner memories are important in a learning process.

    This debate has carved in my mind and the case was not closed, at least for me. Recently, we have investigated some of new learning theories. Among a long list, we visited Actor-Network Theory, Community of Practice, and Connectivism. And to be honest, I found Connectivism wide enough to answer my question and to build upon. Knowledge is a network and learning is a process of finding patterns reside in this network. Inside or outside human skull, it does not matter.

    This is not to end the discussion; actually, it is to open it. Are you with or against of proposing new learning theory? Our understanding of knowledge network, learning and Connectivism presented in this paper.

    Alice Sterling Honig

    We need always to add to and deepen and broaden our theories of how we learn. No  one theory can serve every aspect of learning.. such as mathematical learning, social skill learning, rote memory learning,   learning how to think analytically,  enhancing our spatial and perceptual learning,   and perhaps even learning to create Gedanken experiments, as  amazing as those of Albert Einstein.  So we need to invite as many new theoretical ideas as possible into our lives in order to understand more cogently the styles and ways in which a particular child or adult is learning , so that we can best encourage and assist and further deepen  that person's learning..

  • Stephen Colbran added an answer:
    What is your perception of the usefulness of Web 2.0 applications to facilitate collaborative learning in your university?

    I am carrying out a research on “Postgraduates’ perceptions of the usefulness of Web 2.0 applications to facilitate collaborative learning in their university". The aim of the research is to investigate which Web 2.0 tools are used generally by post graduate students of various disciplines and to assess their usefulness as well as to explore how the collaboration of knowledge can be made productive in collaborative learning.

    Stephen Colbran


    I use several tools to encourage collaboration with my students. for live video conferencing.

    Google Drive and associated tools for collaborative drafting.

    There are plenty of tools available. What you should focus on is the pedagogy and then select tools appropriate to supporting that pedagogy.

  • Haven Allahar added an answer:
    What will be your opinion on the concept of internationalisation of higher education in the global south and global north?

    In most cases the concept of Internationalisation of higher education is explained in terms of the context of the  global north and considered by some researchers as neocolonialism, or asymmetrical partnership between center and periphery

    Haven Allahar

    Juha: thanks very much for your articles. Check my articles on MBA education

  • Orhan Kocaman added an answer:
    In which theory does computer assisted vocabulary learning fall into best?
    I have been conducting a study and would like to base it on a sound theory.Constructivist theory seems to fit to CALL applications best but I need to hear different views from the researhers here.
    Orhan Kocaman

    Thank you for all those valuable contribuations

  • Duan Van der Westhuizen added an answer:
    Is anyone doing research on the types of people who curate TEDx events and the impact they are having in their communities?

    There are 3,000+ TEDx curators in 170 countries around the world, offering events where people present positive ideas on technology, entertainment and design. I'm interesting in learning more about who these curators are, what motivates them and the impact of the work they are doing. I am a TEDx Curator living in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

    Duan Van der Westhuizen

    Have you got a typology for "type of people" yet? How are you looking at disaggregating "types of people".  Also, is the assumption that it is a good thing that TedX clips get curated. I curate all kinds of stuff, (I use and I make my students follow me. So are you advancing a curation agenda, or a TedX one?

  • Beth Bos added an answer:
    Where could I find literature on using student made apps as assessment of understanding?

    I am thinking in terms of a student making an interactive app to show  his/her ability to synthesize a math concept.

    Beth Bos

    I have changed my focus to mathematical modeling that is in keeping with Common Core Standards - but only after the  student has knowledge in designing app with Mathematica - a student friendly tool.

  • Jeanetta Mastron added an answer:
    What are good tools to implement educational games in education ?

    Hello every body ...

    can you help me to know more tools to build educational games for millennial learners?

    Jeanetta Mastron

    YES Han Ping Fung,  Hewlett-Packard ! I agree with 'Virtual Reality' games .

    We call them 'Simulations' in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, surgery and autopsy. They are most educational and fun. Students enjoy them because they get to see and "feel" or sense what it will be like on the job as a nurse...

    Dear Ramez M. Alkoudmani,

    Specifically we use:

    Virtual Clinical Excursions 3.0 for Medical-Surgical Nursing, 7th Edition
    By Donna D. Ignatavicius, MS, RN, ANEF

    Although I have no experience with the pharmacy simulator [because I teach the real hands on lab] here is a link to articles about the use of pharmacy simulators:

    And lastly the following link shows the various subjects or projects that Purdue University is working on and/or using with Envision Center simulations, which includes a Saturn Fly By, Phlebotomy, Earth Fly By, Virtual Training Clean Room, Virtual Training ABIL w/Oculus, Virtual Training S-Brite Probability of Detection [POD] Structure, Mercury Fly By, Hospital Neonatal Room, Virtual Training Food Insapection, Virtual Training Excavator w/Oculus [in this order].

    While not a game, it definitely teaches in the closest manner to reality!


    Jeanetta Mastron

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  • Jerrid W Kruse added an answer:
    What changes in education policy related to technology do you think are necessary to fully embrace its potential for learning?

    In the US at least - we are somewhat hampered by policy related mandates on what should be taught and how it should be taught and assessed. This inhibits the integration of technology for many of the high impact practices that theory would lead us to believe will make a large difference in student learning. What changes do you think need to be put in place to change the current architecture in such a way to afford better technology-mediated/integrated learning? I would love to hear not just about changes to US policy - but also policies that other countries have put in place that are making a difference with respect to the use of technology in the classroom.

    Jerrid W Kruse

    Perceptions must change, not policy. Policy does not dictate how content should be taught, but does dictate what should be taught. At the building level, policy needs to be less about buying new tech & making teachers use it & more about encouraging teacher exploration. 

  • Titus Pacho added an answer:
    What is your point of view on online education and the use of technologies for digital degrees?

    In "Trapped in the Virtual Classroom" (July 9, 2015 issue of the New York Review of Books: David Bromwich, an English Professor from Yale, argues forcefully against (purely) online education. Many of his points are worth noting, e.g., the business model as the drive, authoritarian dispensation of knowledge, the threat to the intellectual art of teaching, and a comparison to anti-MOOC stand to that of Luddites. What struck me most is what he says about the value of being in a physical classroom:

    "Can one describe what it's like to be in a classroom that is working well? It isn't like any other conversation or any other human encounter. When you listen to the exchange of well-formulated thoughts in a discussion of a complex work of art or thought - a human document concerning human actions - you learn a good deal that can't be quantified, packaged or transmitted by an efficient impersonal medium, no matter how up-to-date, no matter how well-engineered.

    ... Will it be quite the same without the actual person in the actual room? It our intuitions tell us that something is missed in such encounters, if ... the online professor fails to capture a certain human dimension,we ought to ask what else is missing from the picture of progress that we are being urged to follow simply because it calls itself by the name of progress."

    Are you still tossing up the pros and cons on this issue of MOOCs, webinars, and digital degrees? Where do you stand?


    P.S. "Let us use it [technology] and not let it use us" (D.Bromwich)

    Titus Pacho

    Hey Ryan, Of course any strategy has pros and cons. I have no idea of such instruments. But perhaps you could find out online. One way of interacting with online students could be through webinars etc.

  • Debra Sharon Ferdinand added an answer:
    What are the skills of designing Learning Objects ?

    The skills of designing LOs include both instructional design skills and technological skills such as content development skills

    Debra Sharon Ferdinand

    Perhaps, the following RG link to several studies on designing learning object can provide some of the skills/knowledge needed for the said objects:

    Best regards,


  • Krishnan Umachandran added an answer:
    Whats is your opinion regarding the future of e-Learning?

    I am interested to do a prospective analysis about the e-Learning

    Krishnan Umachandran

    @ Endre, Education is more prominent in India, and that too IT education has mushroomed.

  • Karen Triquet added an answer:
    What are your favourite apps for early childhood?

    While there's debate about early childhood and use of digital technologies, there's growing interest in identifying apps which are appropriate, including apps which can be repurposed for specific learning experiences.

    For example, there's sites which provide the '15 Must Have iPad apps for Preschool Teachers' - see What are apps which you would recommend?

    Karen Triquet

    Dear Glenn, 

    I thought the following might equally be of interest to you - given that as you pointed out there is a lot of debate about apps potential given contextual variations and student needs, and perhaps it is therefore not about the single app per-say (although tried and tested suggestions are wonderful) but equally the ability of assessing individual apps affordances in catering to respective student group needs:

    • Balefire Labs (amongst others an apps and game review platform with an educational approach and specific review criteria)
    • Emerging EdTech post on use of evaluation rubrics:
    • Digital Promise (works at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and learning technology developers):

    Hope these are helpful, also plenty of research on the topic and would be glad to discuss more!

    Kind regards,

    Karen Triquet

  • Vsevolod A Lyakhovetskii added an answer:
    How and when can I use K-Means clustering technique as a statistical tool in social sciences research?

    I don't know a lot about K-Means clustering technique but it seems that it is working along with Regression and Bayesian Clustering Modeling. Thus, I would like to read any useful articles that explain step-by-step "When" and "How" to use K-Means technique in social sciences research only. I don't like to know the statistical equations and complex algorithms involved in K-Means, I just want to use it, as education researcher.

    If applicable, please refer to any software in which I can apply K-Mean on.

    Vsevolod A Lyakhovetskii

    Keep in mind that there is also fuzzy K-means algorythm :)

  • Sizwe Dlalisa added an answer:
    Which is the best IS theory to evaluate the effectiveness of a Learning Management System?

    I would like to know which is the best IS theory to evaluate the effectiveness of Blackboard as a supporting tool for students.

    Sizwe Dlalisa

    Thank you

  • Michael Brückner added an answer:
    Are there recent studies evaluating OLPC programs?

    One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program was launched in 2005. There have been research studies which evaluated OLPC program. I have gone through such initial studies. I'm looking for recent studies (2013 onwards).

    Michael Brückner

    In Thailand, this program is called One Tablet Per Child (OTPC). Ypu may want to work through the link below to find appropriate papers.

  • Ana Donevska-Todorova added an answer:
    What are good examples of educational software?

    I'm trying to put together a list of educational software applications that are more than drilling exercises or trial-and-error. So far I found only a handful, surprised by how few there seem to be! So I throw the question out there: what educational software do you know of, that has been used in regular classrooms for a specific topic? Note: I'm not looking for just technological "tools" or resources that assume a task defined by the teacher, but applications that work more or less independently for training knowledge or a skill within the curriculum (e.g. biology, history, languages, math, however math seems heavily overrepresented). Target age group 4-15, possibly up to 19 years. Some good, well-documented examples I found are Betty's brain, SimStudent and Critter Corral (for young children). Surely there must be more, e.g. for training foreign languages? I'm very grateful for tips & if possible links where one can try the software!

    Ana Donevska-Todorova

    Dear Björn,
    I would recommend Dynamic Geometry Software (e.g. GeoGebra, Cabri, Geometer's Sketchpad, Cinderella) for mathematics education.
    In this occasion, I mention at least one advantage. Compared to a single-static visualization of a mathematical concept in a maths textbook, these can offer a multiple-dynamic representation of the same concept. This contributes to easier learning of representations (mathematical competence usually stated in the curricula for primary and secondary education). Representations are sometimes called modes of description (arithmetic, geometric, abstract-structural) and contribute to development of three different modes of mathematical thinking.
    If interesting, please see (or some of the references)

    Best wishes, Ana

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      ABSTRACT: Current trends in research on the impact of technologies in mathematics education emphasize their increased role in supporting students’ conceptual understanding in comparison with numerous previous studies about technology contribution in procedural understanding. This article exemplifies the role of Dynamic Geometry Systems utilizing students’ understanding of concepts in Linear algebra in the transition between upper high school and university education. Students’ conceptual understanding is identified through guiding features as: concept definitions and concept images, according to the theory of Tall and Vinner (1981); three modes of description and thinking: arithmetic, geometric and axiomatic-structural, according to the theories of Hillel (2000) and Sierpinska (2000); concepts’ properties which construct axiomatic definitions; and concepts’ applications and their connections with other concepts. Authentic video recordings serve as a collected data set for qualitative analysis of students’ interactions in the designed Dynamic Geometry Environment. The study is part of a larger design-based research undergoing seven phases in a cyclic manner, ending with evaluation and dissemination of created teaching and learning materials as visual dynamic applets and worksheets.
      The Electronic Journal of Mathematics and Technology 06/2015; 9(3).
  • Crisaidi Bento Sodré added an answer:
    eEducation - forty years of promises?

    Instructional computer programs (or the usage of computers in education) are being developed since the early ‘70s. Rapid development of Information Communication Technology, introduction of computers into schools, and daily use of computers by people of different vocation, education and age, has made education a very important field to researchers. Their main goals have been to develop programs that can teach humans and to achieve individualization of the educational process.

    The methods and techniques of Artificial Intelligence have been successfully used in these systems, since the end of last century. Hierarchical modeling, interoperable and reusable software components, and ontology are modeling techniques that have only recently penetrated into the eLearning. In addition, these Artificial Intelligence methods are used in "new field” I called it "eEducation", a new approach to education with the help of Information and Communication Technologies, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence.

    And, of course the "new wave": mLerning and uLearning are "knocking on the heavens door", such as Bob Dylan sings.

    Your thoughts on:

    Could we described "eEducation" = "eLearning" + "eTeaching", by this “simple” equation? Alternatively, do we need more "+"?

    Are we all (researchers, teachers and students) have succeeded in eEducation (eLearning) so far? Do "users" of eEducation (eLearning) systems are "better" than traditional students are, in terms of learning achievements?

    Do we have right pedagogy (teaching methods/strategies) for eEducation (eLearning)?

    Do we have right learning strategies (models/theories) for eEducation (eLearning)?

    What about mLearning, uLearning?

    At the end, what is the future of e/m/u/Education (e/m/u/Learning)?

    Crisaidi Bento Sodré


    I have taught online.

    It is tiring, very tiring.

    You need to check every word twice, three times... before you post - you never know what impressions the recipient will have.

    Believe it or not when correcting homework you will need paper and pencil next to your computer - much quicker (!) - it is important to take notes about each student's work and compare all works to write good comments.

    I like to compare all the works done by 'each' student to better understand their needs 'and' compare all the students' works.

    I feel safe (and pleased) when 75% of the class have answered 75% of the exercises correctly.

    I used to control the average and the middle of the scores - this is useful to know if you are expecting too much (or the contrary).

    The best of e-education: 'anyone' can have the benefit of it. Anyone! Disable people, parents of babies, people living too far from school... THAT is marvelous.

  • Angel Pretelín-Ricárdez added an answer:
    What is the difference between "Serious Games" and "Epistemic Games"?
    There is a significant difference between these two technological learning mediators.

    When and where should one use them?
    Angel Pretelín-Ricárdez

    Thank you very much for your answers

  • Christa Van Staden added an answer:
    How do students feel about using smart phone technology for learning activities?

    Smart phone technology is often praised because it allows learning to take place anywhere and any time.  

    Some studies, however, show that students resent using their phones for class assignments because they consider their phones to be for personal, social, fun activities, not school work.

    How can teachers wishing to use smart phones for learning address this complaint?

    Christa Van Staden

    I believe smart phones can be introduced to support learning in new ways. Students are always busy on their phones, why not allow them to use it for learning purposes. I was involved in a distance education institution, and I have used my own website to train students in using their phones to connect to one another to learn from one another. My research shows that 67% of the teachers of a school described themselves as cooperative learners, and 58% of the mathematics teachers of a secondary school in Gauteng reported that they rely on their colleagues to perform their work - yet, when we train student teachers, we do not train them in learning effectively from one another. There are so many apps available to support effective learning in the classroom, but it will only change if teachers let loose, and see that students can learn by themselves, we just need to guide them.

  • ling weay Ang added an answer:
    What theoretical models to integrate technology in the classroom are being used to teach history?

    I am a PhD student and am interested in other theoretical models (eg, TPACK and SAMR, see link) which is evidence that are being used in the teaching of social sciences, especially in history.Can you help me?

    ling weay Ang

    I am wonder what kind of taxonomy can be used as the guideline for assessing students' learning outcomes especially the knowledge dimension instead of using revised bloom taxonomy?

  • Sujeet Mishra added an answer:
    Are there any research works dealing with the identification of learning situation types in situation-aware ubiquitous learning envieonments?

    I need to work on a predefined list of situation types that are abstracted form detected u-learning context. A list is given in "Hwang, G.-J., Tsai, C.-C., & Yang, S. J. H. (2008). Criteria, Strategies and Research Issues of Context-Aware Ubiquitous Learning. Educational Technology & Society, 11 (2), 81-91".

    I need to know if there is any other work specially if it links between the identified situations and the identification rules (containing context informations pieces' values for the identified situations).

    My greetings!

    Sujeet Mishra

    Dear Raoudha Souabni,

    As we know that education system is totally context specific matter because every  country, society, culture, history of particular country, economics, government system,science and technology applications are affected to learning situation and environment so if you want to identify the learning situation in classroom as well as out of classroom than you must keep  the content mastery  which you deal in classroom and definitely you would  identify the learning situation and environment.         

  • Atif Masood Chaudhry added an answer:
    Is Deep Learning the learning tool of the future?
    Deep Learning, Machine Learning.
    Atif Masood Chaudhry

    Deep learning is machine’s ability to observe the patterns to pile the information to use for decision making or assessing future expected outcome. Mankind has been working on robots since long with no much break through invention. Deep learning is hot topic in research now a days and researcher are hoping to bring fruit of past hardworking in the shape of machine leaning. It is a milestone to get the most out of artificial intelligence. Now this powerful machine learning is being use in image and speech recognition along with decoding natural language processing. Many of the companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft have capitalized on the concept for commercial use. The goal of deep learning is to develop a self learning mechanism build on huge data sets for complex interpretations. It is not about copying the brain rather it about educating machines to sense and act contextually.

    For more information please visit my article in LinkedIn.

  • Mariela Vásquez added an answer:
    Do you know if there are any research works on scales for the assessment of basic thinking processes in children or pre-adolescents?

    This could include such items as cognitive structures, logical and strategic reasoning, developing skills.  Even educational technology related to cognitive assessment could be helpful.

    I really appreciate your time, thank you,

    Mariela Vásquez

    Thank you so much E. Knight, very interesting, especially BVRT, that has to do with memory.  


  • Rodrigo Vargas added an answer:
    Which is the best language or framework to introduce teenagers to programming videogames for Android?
    I'm a teacher in a High School and teach programming to kids between 15 -18 years. I want to teach them that programming can be fun and an expression media. Which language do you think is the best to make videogames for Android?
    Rodrigo Vargas

    I ve trying to teach them allegro and C++... it works pretty well, but with good students...  next is trying to teach them in python...

  • Anneliese Sheffield added an answer:
    Do you know the qualitative researches done in the field of pre-service teacher education specifically related to practice teaching?

    I am interested in the field of qualitative research. So, please help me to suggest the qualitative researches related to pre-service teacher education.

    Anneliese Sheffield

    simSchool teacher training simulation software may interest you. It's been written written about 

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      ABSTRACT: This project executes a quasi-experimental design for the analysis of outcomes of 58 pre-service teachers enrolled in a technology integration course at a mid-southwestern university. The paper explores two research questions: 1) After pre-service candidates use simSchool do their ratings of experience and confidence increase, and 2) does experience become more in balance with confidence after using simschool? We conjectured there is great potential for pre-service teachers to gain in both experience and confidence when using simSchool, because teacher candidates can combine theory and practice in a safe, simulated learning environment. Findings were that self-appraisal of teaching experience increased for the treatment group after simSchool use, significantly (p < .05) more so than for the non-simSchool comparison group. The treatment group changed to be more in balance (p < .05) with regard to experience versus confidence from pre to post, while the comparison group of non-simSchool pre-service teachers become slightly more out of balance from pre to post.
      Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013, New Orleans, LA; 03/2013

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  • Habib Ullah Khan added an answer:
    Is anyone interested in Educational technology related research?

    To check the effects of different technologies on the learning process of students.

    Habib Ullah Khan

    I agree with you Emerson that learning outcomes should be main focus on any learning strategy.

  • Tahani Fourah added an answer:
    How to classify innovation adopters in Roger's categories (Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, Laggards)?

    We intend to classify our academics in regarding to their adoption of Microsoft Office 365. Therefore, we selected Innovation Diffusion Theory (Rogers, E.M., The Diffusion of Innovations, 4th Edition, Free Press, New York, NY, 1995.) as a study framework. So, we would like to adopt ready-made instrument (survey) for classification. Shall anyone help me finding studies that include such instrument?

    Tahani Fourah

    Thank you all for your answers.
    Really, They are helpful and fruitful. I got benefit  from your suggestions to search for measuring Innovativeness to classify adopters. Fortunately, I found Individual Innovativeness (II) Scale designed by Hurt, Joseph and Cook (1977). The purpose of this scale is to measure individuals' orientations toward change and classifying individuals according to their their level of innovativeness into Roger's five categories.
    I also found some studies that used this scale in higher education context.
    Please find the scale in the following link:

  • Michael Gessler added an answer:
    Is anyone looking into the role of educational technology and Vocational Education and Training?
    This is the subject of my research and I would be interested to know of similar research being undertaken. Mine is focussing specifically on the English Vocational Education system and how aspects of it might be replaced by an Edtech model but I am also doing fieldwork in India.
  • Silvia Schumacher added an answer:
    Are you familiar with research articles on whether using educational techonologies will enhance the learning expreience in medical field?

    Educational technologies including but not limited to the following:

    Using audience response system, distance learning- video conferencing & online learning etc. self learning modules using videos.

    Appreciate your time & help

    Silvia Schumacher

    This article might be of interest to you.
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