The external validity problem

Via a very roundabout method I came across an editorial from the journal “Computers in the Schools” (Maddux and Johnson, 2012) titled “External Validity and Research in Information Technology in Education”. The problem? The problem is that “very few educators would argue that information technology has succeeded in bringing about a paradigm shift in instruction”

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Examining diffusion and sustainability of e-learning strategies thorugh weblog data

The following is a summary and some thoughts on Lam et al (2010). It’s a paper from the same authors/research from which I summarised an earlier paper. The abstract for Lam et al (2010) is The study focuses on ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical ‘adoption of e-learning strategies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong as revealed

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Evaluations of online learning activities based on LMS logs

The following is a summary and some thoughts on Lam et al (2012). The abstract from the chapter is Effective record-keeping, and extraction and interpretation of activity logs recorded in learning management systems (LMS), can reveal valuable iriformation to facilitate eLearning design, development and support. In universities with centralized Web-based teaching and learning systems, monitoring

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On the limitations of learning design for improving learning and teaching

A quick followup to some comments/replies on @marksmithers post “Because academic freedom does not include the freedom to create a poor learning experience”. In particular, on Mark’s suggestion I prefer a model (incidentally supported by Clayton Christensen’s thoughts on adapting to disruptive innovation) whereby a semi autonomous organisation with responsibility to provide course development is

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BIM for Moodle 2.5

Earlier this week @sthcrft asked Hey @djplaner is BIM @NetSpot approved and 2.5ish happy? — Sarah Thorneycroft (@sthcrft) November 3, 2013 Talk about good timing. My shiny new Mac laptop arrived the same day and I’d been waiting on its arrival to explore whether or not BIM was Moodle “2.5ish happy”. It turns out that

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