The Importance of Peer Feedback in Online Education

Ertmer, P. A., Richardson, J. C., Belland, B., Camin, D., Connolly, P., Coulthard, G., et al. (2007). Using peer feedback to enhance the quality of student online postings: An exploratory study. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(2), 412-433. The importance of feedback to students in education is a known factor, yet the research of how feedback impacts... Continue Reading →

Digital Games, Design and Learning: A Meta-Analysis

Clark, D. B, Tanner-Smith, E.E, and Killingsworth, S.S. (2016) Digital Games, Design and Learning: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Review of Educational Research 86(1):  79-122. Within this article, Clark, Tanner-Smith and Killingsworth (2016) offer a refined and expanded evaluation of research on digital games and learning.  To ground their study, the authors summarize three prior... Continue Reading →

Online learning as online participation

Hrastinski, S. (2009). A theory of online learning as online participation. Computers & Education, 52(1), 78–82 In this article, Hrastinski (2009) presents the argument that online participation is a critical and often undervalued aspect of online learning and that models which relegate it to solely a social aspect for learning are ignoring its larger contributions to how... Continue Reading →

First Critical Research Review

For part of my doctoral program I was asked to examine an article and provide a critical review of the publication based on a series of questions. The content below corresponds to the questions asked. Overall Erhel and Jamet (2013) poorly specified the problem for which their research was designed. Generally, a clear statement of... Continue Reading →

Unpacking TPACK…

Gómez, M. (2015). When Circles Collide: Unpacking TPACK Instruction in an Eighth-Grade Social Studies Classroom. Computers in the Schools, 32(3/4), 278–299. Coming into teaching from a graduate program in anthropology where the concern was not on how to teach but on how to research, the idea of evaluating the knowledge needed to effectively teach much less teach... Continue Reading →

Video Podcasts and Education

Kay, R. H. (2012). Exploring the use of video podcasts in education: A comprehensive review of the literature. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, 820-831 While the use of podcasts in education is growing, the literature to support their effectiveness in learning is far from concluded. Kay (2012) offers an overview of the literature on the use of... Continue Reading →

Intentional Design for On Screen Reading

Walsh, G. (2016) Screen and Paper Reading Research - A Literature Review. Australian Academic & Research Libraries, Vol.47(3), p.160-173 As more students move into on-line courses and as more faculty consider incorporating open educational resources (O.E.R) into their courses, the impact of screen reading and learning material design on reading comprehension and overall learning is... Continue Reading →

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