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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.


Learning Program Design and Teacher Capacity: A Literature Review

Posted on 19 Nov 2018 with 0 comments
Blended learning Teacher capacity Teacher education

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Offering a scan of the current literature, this report is structured around a thematic analysis of what is unknown and known in online learning F-12, and intended to directly inform school policy and direction. Two broad thematic focal areas, Learning Program Design and Teacher Capacity were identified.  


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Makerspaces in Primary School Settings: Advancing 21st Century and STEM Capabilities using 3D Design and 3D Printing

Posted on 19 Nov 2018 with 0 comments
Early childhood STEM education

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This project sought to examine how maker activities using 3D design and 3D printing technology could enhance learning and teaching outcomes across 24 Kindergarten to Year 2 classes. Students developed a range of 21st century capabilities including creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, inquiry, design thinking, collaboration, autonomy, literacy, numeracy, scientific understanding, digital literacy, communication, reflective learning capabilities and resilience.


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Unfitting, uncomfortable, unacademic: a sociological reading of an interactive mobile phone app in university lectures

Posted on 19 Nov 2018 with 0 comments
Learning environment Mobile learning

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This study explores students' constructions of a mobile learning app that was introduced into lectures during a year-long university course. Students largely rejected the app, constructing it as unfitting for the context, a socially uncomfortable experience and an unacademic way of learning.


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Higher Education Learning Framework: An evidence-informed model for university learning

Posted on 19 Nov 2018 with 0 comments
Instructional design Teacher education

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The Higher Education Learning Framework (HELF) is grounded on a synthesis of existing frameworks, literature, and research, and informed by interviews with national and international experts in learning and higher education offering the latest thinking on university learning. A science of learning lens was applied during development, threading together thinking in education, neuroscience, and psychology.


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Digital Ethics and the Use of ePortfolio: A Scoping Review of the Literature

Posted on 19 Nov 2018 with 0 comments
Assessment online Electronic portfolios Privacy

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This systematic scoping review found a dearth of literature surrounding policies and guidelines for students. While there appears to be guidance on consent with respect to accessing information or images from vulnerable communities, there is limited guidance on how to address the ethical use of information online.


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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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