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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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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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Where’s My Clicker? Bringing the Remote into the Classroom – Part II

By Gina M. Copas & Steven Del Valle Summary: New and innovative classroom technology may introduce novel learning environments and provide solutions for tedious grading tasks; however, it is important to determine if such technology influences test performance. Results from

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Usability of Mobile Devices in the Cockpit

By Christopher J. Hamblin Summary: An Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) is a mobile computing device intended primarily for use in the cockpit for pre- and post-flight planning. Experiment 1 compared information retrieval times with an EFB and with paper documentation

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Aesthetics and Usability: A Look at Color and Balance

By Laurie Brady and Christine Phillips As websites continue to fight for the attention of potential users, designers must begin to look not only at the inherent usability of the site, but also its perceived usability. For instance, Tractinsky (1997)

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