Learning Environments: Technologies, Challenges and Impact Assessment


Robert Kenneth Atkinson (Editor)
The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU000000

In this book, the authors present current research in the study of new technologies, challenges and impact assessments of learning environments. Topics discussed include MyiLOGS online technology for optimizing teachers’ instructional progress management; a three-pronged approach to the design of technology-rich learning environments; using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in support of contextually rich learning environments that promote higher order thinking skills, meaningful learning and authentic environmental scientific inquiry; LEGO Mindstorms NXT; instruction via observational learning techniques; the effect of computer use on Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL); an integrated educational technology evaluation framework; students’ compliance to technology-supported learning environments; student response systems and the impact on their learning environment, attitudes and achievement; visual thinking networking; collaborative approaches in virtual spaces; and the chemistry classroom environment. (Imprint: Nova)



Table of Contents


Chapter 1. MyiLOGS: Technology for Optimizing Teachers’ Instructional Progress Management
(Stephen N. Elliott and Alexander Kurz, Learning Sciences Institute, Arizona State University, AZ, USA)

Chapter 2. A Three-Pronged Approach to the Design of Technology-Rich Learning Environments
(Eric G. Poitras and Susanne P. Lajoie, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Education Building, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Chapter 3. The Isle of Navitas: Towards a Better Understanding of Energy and Decision Making Using GIS
(Violet Kulo, Alec Bodzin, Ryan McKeon, David Anastasio, Tamara Peffer and Dork Sahagian, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA and others)

Chapter 4. LEGO Mindstorms NXT: A Useful and Innovative Approach for Different Educational Levels
(Ana Ma. Cruz-Martín, Systems Engineering and Automation Department, Málaga University, Spain)


Chapter 5. Instruction via Observational Learning: Addressing the Growing Need for Efficient Learning Techniques in Schools
(Scotty D. Craig and Joshua K. Brittingham, Arizona State University, Polytechnic, AZ, USA)

Chapter 6. Effects of Computer Use on Chinese as Foreign Language (CFL) Writing
(Quan Chen, University at Albany, State University of New York, NY, USA)

Chapter 7. An Integrated Educational Technology Evaluation Framework: En Route to a Generic, Iterative Model for Establishing Learning Effectiveness
(Stephen Quinton, Centre for Technology Enhanced Cognition (C-TEC), Perth, Western Australia)

Chapter 8. Students’ Compliance to Technology-Supported Learning Environments: Tool-Use Perspective
(Griet Lust, Mieke Vandewaetere, Jan Elen and Geraldine Clarebout, Centre for Instructional Psychology and Technology, Leuven, Belgium and others)

Impact Assessment

Chapter 9. Student Response Systems: Impact on the Learning Environment, Student Attitudes and Achievement
(Stephen T. Cohn and Barry J. Fraser, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)

Chapter 10. Visual Thinking Networking: A Strategy for Implementing Metacognition in an Online Learning Environment
(Rebekah K. Nix, The University of Texas at Dallas, TX, USA)

Chapter 11. Collaborative Approaches in Virtual Spaces: An Italian Experience in Higher Education
(Michele Biasutti, Dipartimento Di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pedagogia
E Psicologia Applicata (Fisppa) University Of Padova, Italy)

Chapter 12. Chemistry Classroom Environment, Students’ Enjoyment of Class and Teachers’ Behavior: A Greek Study
(M. Giallousi, V. Gialamas and E. A. Pavlatou, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Athens, Greece and others)


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