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Mathematical Reasoning in a Technological Environment
Dynamic geometry software has been accused of contributing to an empirical approach to school geometry. However, used appropriately it can provide students with a visually rich environment for conjecturing and proving. Year 8 students who were novices with regard to geometric proof were able to exploit the features of Cabri Geometry II to assist them in formulating and proving in the context of Cabri simulations of mechanical linkages.
Author(s): Vincent Jill

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Investigation of Q-Learning in the Context of a Virtual Learning Environment
We investigate the possibility to apply a known machine learning algorithm of Q-learning in the domain of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is important in this problem domain to have algorithms that learn their optimal values in a rather short time expressed in terms of the iteration number. The problem domain is a VLE in which an agent plays a role of the teacher. With time it moves to different states and makes decisions which regarding action to choose for moving from current state to
Author(s): Baziukaite Dalia

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Exploring Individual and Collaborative Dimensions of Knowledge Building in an Online Learning Commun
An exploratory study of students' engagement in online learning and knowledge building is presented in this paper. Learning in an online community, composed of students (pre-service teachers) and experts (experienced in-service schoolteachers and academics), is the study's primary focus. Students' interaction and knowledge discourse structures, arising from individual readings of academic papers and asynchronous collaboration with peers and experts, are investigated using social network and cont
Author(s): Markauskaite Lina,Sutherland Louise M.

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Information Technologies for Biology Education: Computerized Electrophysiology of Plant Cells
Biology has moved from a bench-based discipline to a bioinformational science in modern times but application of computational and analytical methods of informatics in it is still a problem for many researchers and students of biology. We suggest to integrate cost effective and practical combination of the real and the virtual laboratories into the undergraduate biological science curriculum. This laboratory work illustrates passive and active electrical properties of plant cell membranes while
Author(s): Kisnieriene Vilma,Beitas Kastytis,Sakalauskas Vidm

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Why Web 2.0 is Good for Learning and for Research: Principles and Prototypes
The term "Web 2.0" is used to describe applications that distinguish themselves from previous generations of software by a number of principles. Existing work shows that Web 2.0 applications can be successfully exploited for technology-enhance learning. However, in-depth analyses of the relationship between Web 2.0 technology on the one hand and teaching and learning on the other hand are still rare. In this article, we will analyze the technological principles of the Web 2.0 and describe thei
Author(s): Ullrich Carsten,Borau Kerstin,Luo Heng,Tan Xiaohon

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How can we take into account student conceptions of the facial angle in a palaeontology laboratory w
This study investigates student conceptions of the facial angle as a way to attain understanding elements of the theory of human evolution. The chosen laboratory work involved determining the species of a human cranium, and students had to design and write down their own experimental procedure. Three versions of the laboratory work were carried out leading to different student productions. Three aspects will be presented in the present paper, which are related to the three conceptual difficultie
Author(s): Marzin Patricia,de Vries Erica

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Modélisation de profils d'élèves à partir de traces de résolution de problèmes
La modélisation automatique des connaissances de l’apprenant est nécessaire dès lors que l’on cherche à accompagner un apprentissage dans le cadre des EIAH. Dans ce rapport, nous présentons un travail en cours dans lequel des techniques de classification automatique permettent d’engendrer des modèles d’élèves interprétables par un enseignant ou un didacticien et utilisables éventuellement par un « tuteur » automatique. L’approche proposée a été appliquée au domaine de la ré
Author(s): Robinet Vivien,Bisson Gilles,Lemaire Benoît,Gordo

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E-science, E-research and E-learning: New Perspectives for Graduate Studies
The quality of education for doctoral students is closely linked to the quality of the research they undertake. Benefiting from technological advances, new distributed and collaborative research practices can be witnessed. The concept of e-science has emerged and evolved to the concept of e-research. These concepts bring about a new research philosophy and the notion of collaboratory. Our research project aims to develop a renewed doctoral training approach and to facilitate researchers' adoptio
Author(s): Henri France,Bédard François,Hagemeister Nicola,

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From Questions to Queries
The extension of (Internet) databases forces everyone to become more familiar with techniques of data storage and retrieval because users’ success often depends on their ability to pose right questions and to be able to interpret their answers. University programs pay more attention to developing database programming skills than to data exploitation skills. To educate our students to become “database users”, the authors intensively exploit supportive tools simplifying the production of databa
Author(s): Hvorecký Jozef,Drlík Martin

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Implementation Process of ePortfolio at FH JOANNEUM
This paper describes the design of Portfolio and its application at FH JOANNEUM in a range of contexts where it will be used to make learning outcomes visible and to facilitate personal development planning. The flexibility of the ePortfolio architecture is appraised and the integration with virtual learning environments is discussed. Preliminary findings from evaluation studies (feedback / data obtained from students, graduates and staff evaluations and discussions, and relevant points arising
Author(s): Hiller Bettina,Pauschenwein Jutta,Sandtner Heimo,S

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Digital literacy – towards a re description of literacy for the digital learning environments
The concepts of ‘digital literacy’ and ‘digital competence’ are the focus in this paper. The paper will argue that the traditional concepts regarding literacy need to be re described and augmented when faced with the challenges and affordances of the digital learning environments. The paper will suggest a theoretical framework for how to understand the ways in which young people include digital technologies into their social and cultural practices. Some examples from the empirical material w
Author(s): Hokstad Leif M.,Dons Carl F.

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Evaluation of educational software regarding its suitability to assist the laboratory teaching of el
The present research effort is aimed at investigating of students’ perceptions relating to the criteria they themselves would choose in order to select amongst various similar software packages, with the aim of selecting the one most suitable to assist them in their study of electric circuits. For the purpose of the present study, software simulating electrical circuits was deliberately selected. This was precisely because electricity experiments are simple enough to be constructed in a school-
Author(s): Tsihouridis Charilaos,Vavougios Denis,Ioannidis Ge

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Joint Bachelor Degree in Information Technology
This paper will present the BIT2010 project, a project that will be developed and implemented during the period 2006-2009, under the Socrates-Erasmus Curriculum Development scheme, financed by the European Commission. Based on the influence of the ICT domain on the most important world’s economies, the emergency of new higher education programs in ICT is presented. The needs for a new ICT graduates’ profile and a new ICT Curriculum were taken into consideration. Clear achievements in the areas
Author(s): Logofatu Bogdan,Auer Michael

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DRAC (Distributed Remote ACess system) An On-line Open Source Project-based Learning Tool
Project Based Learning is an essential component in modern engineering education. However, it is difficult to implement in a virtual simulation-based approach, and the need of expensive or specialized equipment can make difficult to use this PBL approach in remote learning. In this paper, a web-based portal is presented; it allows remote access to the resources of several PBL laboratories on Electronics, with a significant emphasis on real-time digital and analog processing and multidisciplinary
Author(s): Zlotnik Alexander,Montero Juan M.

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Streaming media as an alternative to direct student instruction for performing science experiments
In the present paper a comparison between the ideas of two groups of students, both of which were taught the same physics laboratory curriculum but using two different instruction approaches is presented. The experimental group was asked to watch some videos including the associated links to Physics theory explaining the phenomena to be observed, gather the information needed and then perform the experiments involved, while the control group followed the traditional lab teaching practice. The ai
Author(s): Antonopoulos Spilios. G.,Garyfallidou Despina. M.,

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1(7) Observing Open E-Learning Content: A Roadmap for Educational Policy and Institutions and Hands-
This presentation is concerned with Open Educational Resources and Practices, based on findings of the EU-project “Open eLearning Content Observatory Services” (OLCOS). We present the results of a study on the European OER landscape, which explores the possible pathways towards a higher level of production, sharing and usage of OER and provides an orientation as well as recommendations on possible measures and actions to support decision making at the level of educational policy and institutio
Author(s): Geser Guntram,Hornung-Prähauser Veronika,Schaffer

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A Dynamic Web Site for the Distant Self-Assessment of Students
This work deals with the development of a freely accessible website system, useful for selfassessment of distance students of different levels. The system also offers the teachers the possibility to construct tests and to evaluate their students’ progress. The system includes a database that is created in accordance to the theoretical framework that concerns evaluation techniques using new technologies. The database covers the cognitive material of different levels of primary and secondary educ
Author(s): Tsolakidis Costas,Kostalias Costas

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An Interactive Virtual Global Cultural Course: Building a Real Time Cost Effective Global Collaborat
A virtual collaborative environment was created at East Carolina University, using videoconference technology via regular internet to bring students from 18 different countries, 2 at a time, to the same classroom in real time to learn about each other’s culture. Students from two countries are partnered one on one,, they meet for 4-5 weeks, and submit a joint paper. Then the same process is repeated for two other countries. Lectures and student discussions are managed with pre-determined topics
Author(s): Chia Rosina C.,Poe Elmer,Singh Parikshat M.

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Flexible teaching with structured micro-content - How to structure content for sustainable multiple
This paper reflects the possibilities of reasonable structured content production and management as it is exercised by the Work Group Social Learning (WG Social Learning) at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). By splitting content into standardised pieces adjusted to lecture-units they turn highly qualified for multiple usages and commutability purpose. Three different examples of such micro-content and a way of implementing it into online and offline learning scenarios fitting the requirem
Author(s): Nagler Walther,Ebner Martin,Sherbakov Nick

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XML and Databases for E-Learning Applications
XML has become a standard format in information exchange and integration on the Web. Much research has been conducted in recent years on XML technology, which has led to new developments in this field. The effective combination of XML and relational databases for portable Internet data exchange and data management is the technology platform of choice for the Internet Applications. Our paper describes the relationship between XML and relational databases and its potential as an enabling technolog
Author(s): El-Sofany Hosam F.,Ghaleb Fayed F. M.,Daoud Sameh

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