SmatBook a vision for the future e-book
This paper presents a vision for the future of the e-books as part of the growing collective intelligence. The vision entails further development of technologies that will facilitate the creation and use of a new generation of 'smart' books: e-books that are evolving, highly interactive, customisable, adaptable, intelligent, and furnished with a rich set of collaborative authoring and reading support services. The proposed set of tools will be integrated into an intelligent framework for collabo
Towards an organisational model of interface
university structure as a means of serving Lifelong
The paper conceptualises on the experiences of the Centre of Information Society Technologies (CIST), Sofia University, Bulgaria, in serving the learning and training needs of non-university audiences who fall in situations that can be described as lifelong learning-determined. In developing this conceptualisation we use the research findings and policy agendas in two distinct areas Lifelong Learning, and Higher Education Systems. More specifically we explore the organisational and management
A Study of the Response to Accountability and Standardized Testing in a State University System: Pre
This study was an investigation of the perceptions of university certification officers in teacher education in a state university system regarding university responses to accountability, standardized testing, predictive models, gatekeeping, and intervention strategies, and incorporates the issues of social justice and ethics. This study also includes the development of a predictive model to predict results on the Praxis II Elementary Education: Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (ELED:CIA) t
Teacher Behavior Ratings of Adolescents with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Interr
This study examined interrater reliability and potential sources of rater bias among teacher behavior ratings for adolescents with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The intent of the study was two-fold: 1) to assess the consistency between teacher behavior ratings for adolescents with ADHD, and 2) to explore potential sources of bias among teacher raters. In schools, intervention decisions for children and adolescents with ADHD are often based on rating scale data collected from
In Search of One's Pack: A Narrative Study of a Working-Class Woman in the Academy
Utilizing an autobiographical approach by comparing and contrasting my story with other scholars’ stories whose social-class backgrounds are similar to mine, and by analyzing this information through the works of scholars whose research has helped others working in the fields of composition and teaching, I explore the crisscrossing of the female sex, working class, and academia. This exploration attempts to uncover the influences of social class and gender on an academic from a working-class b
Writing to Learn Mathematics: A Mixed Method Study
This study sought to address a research gap by studying students who had been taught mathematics using writing. The purpose of this study was to provide an analysis of students’ perceptions of the benefits and drawbacks of this pedagogical approach. The types of writing students performed in mathematics classes were described, and students’ preferences regarding these tasks were analyzed. Finally, a comparison was made between female and male students’ responses in order to see whether gen
Interfacing adaptive solutions with corporate training systems
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SECI-based Professional Learning Process Framework
This deliverable focuses on the link between individual and organizational learning based on the interaction processes at the workplace, and key implications for personal and organizational knowledge management as they relate to organizational performance. Building on the results from PROLEARN D5.3, which introduced the SECI process framework, we here modify the SECI model so that it better fits the observed interaction processes that go on between employees at the workplace. The aim is to captu
Specification and Prototyping of Personalized Workplace Learning Solutions
The main goal of this document is to survey the existing approaches for the personalization and adaptation of eLearning systems which are proposed by partners from the PROLEARN consortium.,Research report of the ProLearn Network of Excellence (IST 507310), Deliverable 1.8
ESL College Students’ Beliefs and Attitudes about Reading-to-Write in an Introductory Composition
This study describes ESL college students’ beliefs, attitudes, and experiences, about the issue of reading-to-write during an introductory college writing course. Particularly, the study aims at exploring and hearing their beliefs and attitudes regarding the effects of the reading activities on their writing in the light of connections covered in the scholarly literature. The significance of this study rests on the opportunity it gives to the participants to have their voices heard regarding t
Virtual Learning Environments as a Supplement to Traditional Teaching
Many factors influence teaching nowadays. Numbers of students are increasing, some students pay for studies and require more flexible teaching, more students have access to Internet, the learning material is changing rapidly (especially of subjects, related to information technologies), publishing industry is slow and expensive. All that stimulates usage of modern technologies in education. Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) is one of the forms of e-learning. They open new ways of teaching and
The distributed developmental network - d2n: a social configuration to support design pattern genera
DiSessa et al. (2004) conducted a comparative study of how research teams design, develop and evaluate TEL software, in the context of component-based educational programming. They identified the issue of the social configuration of the production team as a critical family of issues that are easily marginalized (p.117). These social configurations are loosely equivalent to what Activity Theorists refer to as the rules and division of labour (Engeström, 1987) in the activity system of TEL pr
Understanding Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
The primary objective of this content is to prepare students to read and interpret cost-effectiveness studies.
Case Studies in Terrorism Response
Presents three illustrative case studies to reinforce basic concepts and principles of terrorism preparedness and response, as well as to identify some specific practical considerations.
A Bayesian Student Model without Hidden Nodes and Its Comparison with Item Response Theory
The Bayesian framework offers a number of techniques for inferring an individual's knowledge state from evidence of mastery of concepts or skills. A typical application where such a technique can be useful is Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). A Bayesian modeling scheme, POKS, is proposed and compared to the traditional Item Response Theory (IRT), which has been the prevalent CAT approach for the last three decades. POKS is based on the theory of knowledge spaces and constructs item-to-item gra
Enhancing Collaborative Language Learning in Engineering Education with Team Portfolio
This paper describes the development and implementation of learning and teaching experiment to encourage the use of e-portfolio in language learning courses and also the integration of English courses with professional studies of engineering students. This is an ongoing project which is annually developed and improved based on student feedback the focus being on collaborative and communicative language learning. New learning environments, such as learning platforms, e.g. R5 Generation, Skype and
Population Change and Public Health
This course introduces the basic elements of population studies, including: population size, composition, and distribution, and the causes and consequences of changes in these characteristics.
Statistics for Psychosocial Research: Structural Models
Presents quantitative approaches to theory construction in the context of multiple response variables, with models for both continuous and categorical data.
The Impact of Primary Care on Population Health
This lecture summarizes Professor Leiyu Shi's recent work on primary care, the definition of primary care, and his research rationale and framework. It includes a close look at international primary care studies, US primary care studies, Metropolitan Statistical Area analyses, county-level studies, multi-level studies, meta-analyses, and US health center studies.
The human side of e-learning: Real people subjective experiences in virtual classrooms
This paper is based on a study of the subjective aspects of the student/e-learning platform tutor relationship. To find out how people feel in the role of e-students or e-tutors, we have analyzed a set of testimonies collected through fifty five interviews. The interviewees were invited to speak and write about what they feel as e-learning subjects. Through their discourse, we could identify what kind of virtual-human relationships they have developed in this kind of environment. As well