Monday, April 22, 2013

Computers & Education

Computers & Education, An International Journal (ISSN: 0360-1315, 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.970), Imprint: ELSEVIER.
About this Journal: Computing and communication technology continue to make an ever-increasing impact on all aspects of cognition, education and training, from primary to tertiary and in the growing open and distance learning environment. The journal is an established technically-based, interdisciplinary forum for communication in the use of all forms of computing in this socially and technologically significant area of application and will continue to publish definitive contributions to serve as a reference standard against which the current state-of-the-art can be assessed.

"In the higher education classroom, the textbook is one of the many tools used for learning. In some courses, the textbook is central to class discourse. In other courses, the text is supplementary and acts as a guide for segueing among the topics covered. Whatever role the faculty chooses for the textbook to play in the course, instructors and students alike consider the textbook an essential learning tool. In this digital age, the nature of the textbook is changing. Eighty percent of college and university students own laptops, and an increasing number are purchasing tablets, smart phones, and other handheld devices (Smith & Caruso, 2010). Recognizing the increased adoption of mobile devices, publishers are offering an increased number of textbooks in digital format. These digital texts, also called e-textbooks, can be accessed via the Internet and downloaded on tablets, e-readers, smart phones, and laptops. The adoption of e-textbooks, along with the broad range of interactive learning features, is projected to exponentially grow within the next two to three years (Becker, 2010; Reynolds, 2011). Unfortunately, as is true with many technological advances, the educational research to support the efficacy of e-textbooks consumed via mobile devices lags behind development and adoption."
Autors: Amanda J. Rockinson- Szapkiw*, Jennifer Courduff, Kimberly Carter, David Bennett,  Electronic versus traditional print textbooks: A comparison study on the influence of university students’ learning, Computers & Education 63 (2013) 259–266, ISSN: 0360-1315, Elsevier Ltd. (Impact Factor: 2.970)
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Technology Changes Everything

"Technology Changes Everything"

"Our learning environments, correspondingly, will be structured such that students move through a curriculum at a pace determined by them and their abilities. Customizable learning is difficult to manage in traditional face-to-face courses, structured as they are by the clock and the calendar, and the assumption that cohorts move through the material together. Self-paced, customizable, autonomous learning is easiest and best managed through technology."  
David Staley, The Ohio State University, Ref.: