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Research Reports

DERN provides access to quality assured and current information resources around the use of digital technologies and digital media in education. These resources are annotated and linked to relevant categories to enable access to collections of similar resources under specific topics.


Measuring Australia's digital divide: Australian digital inclusion index 2018

Posted on 22 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
Digital divide Trends

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The ADII measures three dimensions of digital inclusion: Access, Affordability, and Digital Ability. Scores are allocated to particular geographic regions and sociodemographic groups, over a five-year period from 2014 to 2018. Higher scores mean greater digital inclusion. This ADII report incorporates data collected up to March 2018. The gap between people in Q5 low income households and Q1 high income households has widened since 2014, as has the gap between older and younger Australians, and those employed and those outside the labour force.


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Utilising technology to connect the hospital and the classroom: Maintaining connections using tablet computers and a Presence App

Posted on 22 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
Engagement and performance Equity Mobile learning

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Australian Journal of Education

This paper reports on a research project conducted in Victoria, Australia, to connect 7 – 12 year old hospitalised children with their school using a specially designed Presence App. The trial of the App demonstrated that technological mediated communication can meet the needs of children in hospital for social connection to their classroom. It also showed advantages over technology such as videoconferencing and email in creating an on-going classroom presence for the hospitalised child while respecting privacy and attempting to minimise disruption in the hospital and classroom settings.


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Let me edutain you! Practices of student engagement employed by new lecturers

Posted on 22 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
Engagement and performance Teacher capacity

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Dismore, Turner & Huang (2018) present research on new lecturers’ practices relating to student engagement. Most lecturers described engagement as an emotional construct (the need for students to ‘like’ learning) as well as a cognitive construct (what they learn). The study concluded that lecturers can best be supported by acknowledging the time it takes to gain confidence, experiment and take risks, and appreciating their need to respond to different expectations.


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Comparative analysis of the impact of traditional versus innovative learning environment on student attitudes and learning outcomes

Posted on 02 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
Engagement and performance Learning environment

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Studies in Educational Evaluation

This study explored the claim that different classroom layouts can affect teaching and learning, comparing students’ attitudes to their learning experiences, motivation, engagement and academic outcomes in each layout over a school year. A correlation was identified between enhanced student attitudes in an ILE and higher English, Humanities and Mathematics academic achievement.


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Investigating undergraduate mathematics learners’ cognitive engagement with recorded lecture videos

Posted on 02 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
Learning environment Multimedia

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A study of the use of recorded lecture videos (RLVs) in mathematics instruction in Australia and the UK found similar outcomes in both contexts: a reduction in live lecture attendance coupled with a dependence on RLVs was associated with an increase in surface approaches to learning.


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Validation of a touch screen tablet assessment of early literacy skills and a comparison with a traditional paper-based assessment

Posted on 01 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
Assessment online Early childhood Mobile learning

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International Journal of Research & Method in Education

This study tested the psychometric properties of a tablet-based app designed to measure early literacy skills, and were also compared with paper-based tests. Agreement between scores for the tablet and traditional tests was high indicating tablet tests provide valid and reliable measures of children’s early literacy skills.


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What is the public face of coding in Australian public schools?

Posted on 01 Oct 2018 with 0 comments
STEM education

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ICICTE 2018 Proceedings

This study sought to identify the extent to which schools made public their goals with regard to the place of coding in the curriculum. This was achieved by examining the websites of a sample of schools from each state and territory


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The Impact of Open Educational Resources on various student success metrics

Posted on 07 Sep 2018 with 0 comments
Copyright Electronic books Information sources Open scholarship

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Results of a large-scale study of course-level faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Results indicate OER adoption does much more than simply save students money. OER improve end-of-course grades and decrease D, F, and Withdrawal letter grade rates for all students.


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Are educational preschool apps designed to teach? An analysis of the app market

Posted on 07 Sep 2018 with 0 comments
Early childhood Evaluating ICT effects Mobile learning

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Content analysis of popular Apple and Android math and literacy preschool apps using a developmental framework to code and analyze apps’ educational features.


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A systematic review of the effects of learning environments on student learning outcomes

Posted on 07 Sep 2018 with 0 comments
Blended learning Learning environment

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This systematic review identified evidence that different learning environments (blended, innovative learning environment (ILE), open-plan and traditional) have an impact on student learning outcomes. 


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