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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.


Are the new millennium learners making the grade? Technology use and educational performance in PISA 2006 - Executive summary

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Digital literacy Engagement and performance

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Using data from PISA 2006, this book analyzes to what extent investments in technology enhance educational outcomes. One of the most striking findings of this study is that the digital divide in education goes beyond the issue of access to technology.

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2010 Horizon Report: K-12 edition

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Evaluating ICT effects Trends

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The second Horizon Report for the K-12 sector describes the emerging technologies that will likely have a significant impact on K-12 education.

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Evaluation of evidence-based practices in online learning: a meta-analysis and review of online learning studies

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Engagement and performance Learning environment

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This meta-analysis of online learning found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.

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The digital world of young children: emergent literacy

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
21st century skills Digital literacy

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This study confirms the need to continue delivering educational programs to teachers and children who otherwise would not have access to these kinds of educational opportunities.

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Educating the Net Generation: a handbook of findings for practice and policy

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Evaluating ICT effects Internet use

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This project explored the notion of the Net Generation in higher education to gain a better understanding of: students’ and teachers’ current technological experiences and preferences; and, a range of issues associated with the implementation of emerging technologies in local learning and teaching contexts.

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Australia in the digital economy: online participation

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Interactive personal networking Internet use

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This report explores take-up and use of the internet, and seeks to build an understanding of the factors which influence people’s decisions to participate online. The trends in internet use show that in the quarter to June 2008, 87 per cent of Australians aged 14 and over had used the internet, with 83 per cent of these logging at least weekly.

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Australia in the digital economy: trust and confidence

Posted on 23 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Interactive personal networking Internet use

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This report by ACMA highlights the changing trends in the take-up and use of the internet by Australian consumers. Specifically, it presents the findings of qualitative research into the attitudes and behaviours of Australian internet users regarding their online security

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Investigating instructional strategies for using social media in formal and informal learning

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Collaboration Pedagogy Social Media

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This study provides qualitative empirical support for social learning theories while offering strategies for and examples of how social media can be used to connect formal and informal learning.

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Understanding student perceptions and motivation towards academic blogs: an exploratory study

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Collaboration Engagement and performance Pedagogy

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The success of academic blogs depends on the participation and engagement of students. Taking an exploratory approach, this study aims to develop a better understanding of the perceptions of student teachers towards academic blogging, and the factors that motivate them to write academic blogs voluntarily.

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The state of Wiki usage in U.S. K–12 schools: leveraging Web 2.0 data warehouses to assess quality and equity in online learning environments

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 with 0 comments
Collaboration Electronic portfolios Interactive personal networking Pedagogy Social Media

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To document wiki usage in U.S. K–12 settings, this study examined a representative sample drawn from a population of nearly 180,000 wikis. The authors measured the opportunities wikis provide for students to develop 21st-century skills such as expert thinking, complex communication, and new media literacy.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2018 Higher Education Edition

Australian Educational Technologies Trends (AETT) report
Over 100 leading Australian and international educators and experts concerned with Australian education contributed to this report on how Educational Technologies and the computing curriculum is currently being implemented in Australian schools, and the changes that may occur in the near future (5 years).

Students, computers and learning - making the connection
OECD report examines how students access to and use ICT

Mobile learning – why tablets? -- DERN's research brief looks at mobile learning and why tablets are so popular.

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