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Blackboard Gets a Global Review

By Gina M. Copas, Tonya L. Witherspoon, & Karen V. Reynolds Summary: A global group of robotics educators were invited to participate in and evaluate a pilot online course on LEGO® Mindstorms Robotics that was delivered via BlackboardTM course management

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Technology in the Classroom: Investigating the Effect on the Student-Teacher Interaction

By Candace Gilmore & Charles G. Halcomb Summary: Recent studies have shown that use of technology in the classroom is increasing. This study investigates the effect of the changing role of instructor as this trend continues. Findings indicate that, in

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The Role of Interactivity in Web-Based Educational Material

By Laurie Brady Summary: The effect of interactivity within an educational website was examined regarding learning outcomes, website satisfaction, and student time-on-task. The participants consisted of 72 seventh grade students from 5 classrooms. Each participant was randomly assigned to use

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Comparing Data Input Methods on Handheld Computers

By Gina M. Copas & Lynn Elder Summary: Three data entry methods (external keyboard, internal keyboard, or Graffiti2TM ) were compared in terms of speed, accuracy and satisfaction. Results indicate that data entry was fastest on the external keyboard and

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Preliminary Examination of Global Expectations of Users’ Mental Models for E-Commerce Web Layouts

By Michael Bernard & Ashwin Sheshadri Summary: Preliminary results of an online global survey to investigate user expectations of standard e-commerce web objects are presented. The web objects included Back to Home, Advertisements, Internal Links, External Links, Shopping Cart, and

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