The Motivational Factor

This is a fabulous video of a presentation by Dan Pink which I came across. Pink defines what really motivates us,autonomy,mastery,purpose,challenges and making a contribution. Now we just have to bring these ideals into the classroom.

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Students’ perceptions of a blended web-based learning environment

A review of the Chandra,Darrell &Fisher (2009) paper

Research Findings:

In this study Science students from a secondary school in Australia were introduced to a blended learning environment known as Getsmart,a teacher-designed interactive website. Students’ evaluations were observed over a 10 week period. The ‘electronic cognitive apprenticeship teaching model’ IDEM Collins et […]

Blended learning with everyday technologies to activate students’ collaborative learning

A review of the Mikko,Teemu,Jari,Sari,Anu &Sirpa (2010) paper

Research Findings:

This study examines the use of Qaiku (similar to Twitter) and Wikispaces as social media constructs to explore the potential of mobile learning thus eliminating the need for a computer lab. Participants of the study were undergraduate university students in […]

The first blended or hybrid online course in a New Zealand Secondary School:A case study

A review of Parkes,Zaka &Davis (2011) paper

Research Findings:

The participants of this study were 8 Year 13 Home Economics students. Due to timetabling limitations and other commitments held by the students the decision was made to move part of this course online into a Moodle platform to accommodate the required flexible learning […]

Engaging Secondary School Students in Extended and Open Learning Supported by Online Technologies

A Review of the Nicholas &Wan (2008) paper

Research Findings:

This study observes the participation and development of a group of 16 ‘gifted students’ aged 13 – 15 in an online environment after attending a four-day Science camp in Australia. Students were encouraged to continue with their learning for up to 6 months […]

Provocative Pedagogies in e-Learning:Making the Invisible Visible

A review of the Sinclair (2009) paper

Research findings:

The purpose of this research was to promote critical,reflective thinking for teachers involved in an online course to feed into their practice. Participants were made up of primary,secondary and early childhood teachers and the focus for the study was whether or not a collaborative […]

Capturing teachers’ experience of learning design through case studies

A review of the Masterman,Jameson and Walker 2009 paper

Research findings:

This article reports’ on the findings from an inquiry research project into the experiences of higher education teachers’ who are new to the ‘learning by design’ methodology.

In the UK in 2006 – 2007,thirteen teachers of higher education with varying degrees of […]

The use of video to enable deep learning,Research in Post-Compulsory Education

A review of the Mitra,Lewin‐‐Jones,Barrett &Williamson (2010) paper

Research Findings:

The basis for this research was to examine students’ responses to the use of video as a teaching tool,namely from sites like YouTube and Teacher Tube. Research was gathered from 134 undergraduate students over a period of one year. The findings […]

Perspectives on Blended Learning in Higher Education

A Review on the Vaughan 2007 paper

Research Findings:

Thirty institutions of higher education in the United States were involved in this study which evaluated the benefits and problems associated with blended learning. For the students being able to work from home and having more control over the pace of their learning was empowering. Students […]

A case study of e-learning initiatives in New Zealand’s Secondary schools

A review on the Powell 2010 paper

Research Findings:

The purpose of this study was to examine e-learning within New Zealand Secondary Schools between the years 1998 to 2010. Specifically,the study focused on;governmental and educational policies that support e-learning initiatives,student services that are currently available,academic assessment,marketing,public relations and the […]