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Technology skill development among education majors

This study sought to determine the influence that numerous variables have on the technology skill development of education majors. The study investigated how the participants' age, gender, race, ethnicity, level of comfort with technology, and learning style(s) correlated with their level of digital literacy. The results revealed that level of verbal-linguistic intelligence significantly correlated with the subjects' level of digital literacy, whereas the other seven multiple intelligence variables did not yield significant findings. Further statistical analysis demonstrated that each of the multiple intelligence variables (including level of verbal-linguistic intelligence) had a weak correlation with level of digital literacy when isolated from the other variables. Each one of the independent variables was found to be a poor predictor of the education majors' technology capabilities. Therefore, this article suggests that these variables (age, gender, level of prior technology use, etc.) should not be relied upon to predict a student's technology skills.

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Authors: Sherman, Chad
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: Journal of technology studies
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Skills and knowledge; Literacy;

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Educating generation next: screen media use, digital competencies and tertiary education

This article investigates the use of screen media and digital competencies of higher education students in light of the growing focus on new media and e-learning in Australian universities. The authors argue that there is a need to resist the commonplace utopian and dystopian discourses surrounding new media technological innovation, and approach the issue of its potential roles and limitations in higher education settings with due care. The article analyses survey data collected from first-year university students to consider what screen media they currently make use of, how frequently these media are interacted with, and in what settings and for what purposes they are used. The article considers what implications the digital practices and competencies of young adults have for pedagogical programs that aim to engage them in virtual environments.

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Authors: Cinque, Toija; Brown, Adam
Date: 2015
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Digital culture and education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Skills and knowledge; Higher education;

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Competences, learning theories and MOOCs: recent developments in lifelong learning

Our societies have come to be known as knowledge societies in which lifelong learning is becoming increasingly important. In this context, competences have become a much discussed topic. Many documents were published by international organisations (UNESCO, World Bank, European Commission) which enumerated 21st century key competences. The field of learning theories has also experienced advances. Findings from neuroscience have promoted a new understanding of what really happens in the brain when we learn. At the same time, the fact that learning increasingly takes place in virtual communities led George Siemens (2004) to propose connectivism as a learning theory for the digital age. Similarly, Roberto Carneiro (2010) suggested a theory he called generativism which aims at describing collaborative learning with digital technologies and open educational resources. These theories might be better able to describe and explain lifelong learning than classical learning theories. In the field of digital technologies, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have recently received a great deal of attention. While Siemens suggested connectivist MOOCs (MOOCs) as the ideal platform for connectivist learning, other forms of MOOCs were also developed. These MOOCs have spread at a breath-taking pace in the last few years although it is far from clear to what extent they are based on principles from learning theories and really support learning. These developments will be presented and discussed with respect to their relevance for lifelong learning as an integral part of man's quest for meaning.

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Authors: Steffens, Karl
Date: 2015
Journal title: European journal of education: research, development and policy
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Lifelong learning; Teaching and learning; Skills and knowledge;

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Interactive research on innovations in vocational education and training (VET): lessons from Dutch and German cases

This article focuses on two examples of interactive research (IR) in vocational education and training. IR is a process which brings together practitioners and researchers with the aim to implement an innovation. This innovation in the first project meant to create a hybrid learning environment; in the second it supported introducing digital media in a training centre. The process of innovating thereby turned into a learning process for all concerned persons: original ideas of the concerned concepts matured; boundaries between research and practice were crossed; and new, sometimes surprising ideas for further development emanated. These experiences point attention towards the processes of research and innovation instead of only documenting results in the sense of summative evaluation. They also show that IR requires a certain framework in order to enable important learning cycles.

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Authors: Burchert, Joanna; Hoeve, Aimee; Kamarainen, Pekka
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Netherlands; Germany; Europe
Journal title: International journal for research in vocational education and training
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Innovation; Teaching and learning;

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Learning technology in adult English, maths and ESOL/ELT provision: an evidence review

This review is to develop a sound understanding of: the existing evidence on the value of technology to the adult basic skills provision; and the potential target populations within the adult learner community, including an understanding of their current access to and use of technology. To meet these aims, two strands of research and analysis were undertaken, these were: a systematic review of research; and a data review on the key populations of interest.

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Authors: Litster, Jenny; Mallows, David; Morris, Marian;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Report
Series name: BIS research paper
Subjects: Technology; Adult and community education; Language;

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What did we flip?: exploiting technology for students to develop real-world perspectives in the classroom

Many higher education institutions have implemented flipped classroom models for improving student engagement in the learning process. In this paper [the authors] present the experiment 'Village Pharmacy', which uses technology assisted case-based approaches for students to learn pharmaceutics and associated professional skills in context. Using an auto-ethnographic approach [the authors] collected and analysed [their] experiences of designing and teaching this course, reflected on peer feedback, student learning experiences and responses. [The authors] present [their] design, reflection and analysis of how learning unfolded in a flipped classroom and the lessons [the authors] have learnt to make improvements for the future. [The authors] believe that [the] reflections will be useful for academics wishing to use technology to flip the classroom for students to develop key professional skills inherent to their discipline.

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Authors: Krishnan, Siva; Schneider, Jennifer; Munro, Irene
Conference name: HERDSA Annual International Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Conference
Series name: Research and development in higher education
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Higher education; Students;

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The potential of authentic learning and emerging technologies for developing graduate attributes

Graduate attributes, such as critical thinking and problem-solving in real-world contexts, are increasingly being recognised as crucial for students to develop in higher education for employability and critical citizenship. The question of how best to create conducive spaces in the curriculum for students to acquire these abilities is, however, less well documented. The authors propose that one way to enable students to achieve these attributes would be for higher educators to engage in authentic learning, using Herrington, Reeves and Oliver's (2010) model as a guide. In this article, one case study is selected from a sample of 10 interviews conducted with University of the Western Cape (UWC) lecturers as it rated highly on all nine elements of authentic learning. The curriculum design and teaching and learning practices are analysed using each of Herrington et al's elements for authentic learning and the potential of these elements for developing graduate attributes is considered.

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Authors: Bozalek, Vivienne; Watters, Kathy
Conference name: Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa
Journal title: South African journal of higher education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Technology; Students;

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Opportunities and challenges of MOOCS: perspectives from Asia

The recent growth of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has led to discussions of technology-based instruction revolutionizing traditional higher education teaching. Here [the author analyzes] the origin of MOOCs, as well as trends in education initiated by these courses, and compares them with OpenCourseWare (OCW), YouTube EDU, and iTunes U. Specifically, this paper will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by MOOCs, from the perspective of Asian countries, with reference to economics, culture, language, and instruction.

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Authors: Chen, Joyce Chao-chen
Conference name: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions World Library and Information Congress
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Asia
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Higher education; Technology;

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Harnessing the potential of ICTs for literacy teaching and learning: effective literacy and numeracy programmes using radio, tv, mobile phones, tablets, and computers

The examples of literacy and numeracy programmes included in this compilation confirm that the use of [information and communications technologies] ICTs to support the acquisition and further development of reading, writing and numeracy skills is usually part of broader blended learning strategies. Traditional classroom teaching and learning approaches are complemented by self-directed learning, where learners can practice and progress at their individual pace, at their own time, and in different places. These strategies contain also possibilities for learners to interact with each other and share the learning experience from different places. A number of programmes featured in this selection are enabling learners to connect with each other and exchange information about health, nutrition, religion and other important day-to-day topics or to coordinate their community development activities. These inspiring programmes arose from different cultural backgrounds and are transferable to a variety of contexts.

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Authors: Hanemann, Ulrike
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Cabo Verde; Kenya;
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Technology; Research; Literacy;

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Communications technology and TAFE in South Australia: bringing people together!

This discussion paper presents a range of communications technology applications for both educational and administrative use by TAFE in South Australia. The paper outlines the diverse operations of TAFE, and identifies a system of communications 'pathways' that would enable TAFE to provide greater access to its courses. Current and projected activities are presented, together with the likely implications (both methodological and organisational) of a comprehensive communications network. Both terrestrial and satellite technologies are outlined with their relative advantages and disadvantages for carrying a TAFE communications network. Essentially a 'people-based' view of communications technology and TAFE, this paper aims to provide a basis for policy formulation.

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Authors: Kirk, John
Date: 1986
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; South Australia
Resource type: Discussion paper
Subjects: Technology; Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning;

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