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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.


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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Bridging the digital divide with off-line e-learning

Posted on 21 Aug 2018 with 0 comments
Digital divide Learning environment

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This paper explores a proposal for an off-line e-learning platform that will provide a bridge for digitally unconnected students and educators to join the contemporary information and communications technology (ICT) intensive world. Individual remote and unconnected learners face a chicken and egg problem for engagement with contemporary e-learning offerings. Without connectivity, remote learners have no way of engaging with now common ICT intensified learning materials that are intended to teach them how to engage in an ICT intensive world.


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Programmable toys and free play in early childhood classrooms

Posted on 22 May 2018 with 0 comments
Early childhood

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Newhouse, Cooper and Codery (2017) investigated ways young children interact with discrete programmable digital toys in a free play setting. Researchers worked with teachers to provide children with two types of digital toys, the Sphero and the Beebot. It was found that without some explicit scaffolding the children did not tend to demonstrate any actions that could be associated with an understanding of ‘algorithms’. However, they did demonstrate motivation, engagement, and increased proficiency and recognition with using the hardware and software


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Working Group on Education: Digital skills for life and work

Posted on 19 Feb 2018 with 0 comments
Broadband Digital literacy ICT in developing countries Internet use

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What are the educational implications of the ‘broadband society’ for the development of digital skills for life and work? The UNESCO Broadband Commission Working Group on Education asks what are the educational implications of the ‘broadband society’ for the development of digital skills for life and work? Their publication includes case studies from Africa, France, Malaysia, and Myanmar that address digital skills and competencies and future challenges.


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Building and sustaining national educational technology agencies: Lessons, models and case studies from around the world

Posted on 19 Feb 2018 with 0 comments
ICT in developing countries Research agenda Trends

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Emerging lessons from the histories of national educational technology agencies to inform perspectives of decision makers considering how to create and support such an institution. Case studies include KERIS, Smart Schools, Becta, Enlaces, NaCET, Plan Ceiba); PUSTEKKOM, Omar Dengo Foundation, Schoolnet Thailand, and EdNA.


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From good intentions to real outcomes: Equity by design in learning technologies

Posted on 02 Jan 2018 with 0 comments
Equity

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Evidence is mounting that new forms of technology-enhanced learning and instruction, such as personalised learning, open online courses, educational games and apps, and tools for learning analytics, tend to be used and accessed in unequal ways, and they may even exacerbate inequality. In February and May 2017, a group of researchers, educators, and technologists from the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub convened for in-depth working sessions to share challenges and solutions for how learning technologies can provide the greatest benefits for our most vulnerable learners.


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Social media and student outcomes: teacher, student and employer views

Posted on 01 Dec 2017 with 0 comments
Social Media

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Accessing and posting on social media has become a daily habit for many Australians. Social media is used by individuals to keep in touch with friends and family, by groups to inform their members of relevant information and by organisations to market their services and products. However, is there a role for social media in vocational education and training (VET)? This report looks at how social media is being used within the VET sector as a tool in teaching and learning. The researchers conducted interviews with teachers, students and employers across three different registered training organisations (RTOs) to determine the types of social media most useful in teaching and learning, how they are being used, and whether the outcomes for students are being improved.


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Digital rights in Australia

Posted on 30 Nov 2017 with 0 comments
Internet use Privacy Safe use Trends

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Digital Rights in Australia explores questions about the nature of our rights now and into the future. The analysis covers rights issues in four areas: privacy, profiling and analytics; government data matching and surveillance; workplace change; and freedom of expression and speech regulation. It explores the ethical and legal challenges faced in using digital, networked technologies and debates about how to best manage their transformative impacts. 


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