https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/issue/feed Research in Learning Technology 2022-10-10T01:33:53-07:00 ALT journal team enquiries@alt.ac.uk Open Journal Systems https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2679 A canonical correlation analysis of the influence of access to and use of ICT on secondary school students’ academic performance 2022-09-20T04:53:19-07:00 Ali Nouri alinooripo@gmail.com Taleb Zandi talebzandi@yahoo.com Hedayatollah Etemadizade etemad.hedayat@gmail.com <p>This study was conducted to examine the influence of access to and use of information and communication technology (ICT) on academic achievement and motivation. Data were collected from 300 students (12- to 16-year-old; 160 boys) from Sanandaj, Iran. The ICT Familiarity Questionnaire was used to assess the level of students’ access to and use of ICT at school and outside of school. Students’ Grade Point Average was considered as an indicator of academic achievement and their scores of Academic Motivation Scale as a measure of academic motivation. The findings revealed that students had more access to and use of ICT at home than school. The majority of participants reported that they used digital devices for the first time when they were between 7 and 10 years old. The students spent more time using the Internet outside of school during weekdays. They used digital devices more frequently for general than academic activities. The canonical analysis indicated that ICT-related factors are significantly correlated with academic performance. However, students’ access to and use of ICT at school was the most influential factors affecting academic achievement. Furthermore, access to ICT at school and using digital devices at an earlier age were the most contributing factors correlated with academic motivation.</p> 2022-09-20T04:52:14-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Ali Nouri, Taleb Zandi, Hedayatollah Etemadizade https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2678 Technological frames in classroom: a case study for a faculty professional development 2022-10-10T01:33:53-07:00 Merve Basdogan basdogan@iu.edu Tracey Birdwell tracbird@iu.edu Tripp Harris triharr@iu.edu <p>Introducing new technologies to faculty members provides opportunities to reconstruct the ways they teach, evaluate, interact, and communicate. Yet, the personal and organisational perceptions regarding the nature of technology can filter, frame, and guide faculty’s interactions with technology. In this case study conducted in a faculty professional development context, we carried out a thematic analysis to explore the technological interpretations in the faculty’s definitions of technology. We analysed 32 definitions through Mitcham’s technological frames categories, and it was observed that faculty attached various meanings to technology in terms of (1) object, (2) knowledge, (3) activity, and (4) volition perspectives. The role of self-interactions and social interactions in higher education has been discussed regarding the formation of technological understanding.</p> 2022-10-03T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Merve Basdogan, Tracey Birdwell, Tripp Harris https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2660 University learners’ utilisation of online videos in a general chemistry course 2022-08-24T02:06:47-07:00 Gülgün Afacan Adanır gulgunafacan@gmail.com Gulshat Muhametjanova gulshat.muhametjanova@manas.edu.kg Bakyt Borkoev bakyt.borkoev@manas.edu.kg Kalipa Salieva kalipa.salieva@manas.edu.kg <p>The effectiveness of course videos needs to be analysed, and in doing so, it is important to consider the utilisation behaviours and opinions of learners. In this regard, this study was primarily conducted to analyse Kyrgyz learners’ utilisation of videos in a general chemistry course provided at the university level. This study was conducted during the 2019–2020 spring term at a state university in the Kyrgyz Republic and was structured using a mixed-method approach. The total number of participants was 105 Kyrgyz learners studying at the undergraduate level. Quantitative data were collected through an online survey, which consisted of demographic questions and items related to the utilisation of chemistry videos. Qualitative data were obtained through in-depth interviews with 13 learners. It was demonstrated through the data that learners used chemistry videos for 1–2 h per week. Also, the learners’ utilisation did not change with regard to their success from watching the videos. Learners’ utilisation of the chemistry videos was based on five factors: intrinsic motivation, self-concept of ability, self-perception of conscientiousness, video use and expectations of an online video library. This study also provided results regarding Kyrgyz learners’ problems and suggestions related to their utilisation of the videos.</p> 2022-08-23T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Gülgün Afacan Adanır, Gulshat Muhametjanova, Bakyt Borkoev, Kalipa Salieva https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2802 The impact of online learning technology on self-regulation and student success 2022-08-12T03:29:28-07:00 Kira Makhno kiramakhno11@rambler.ru Natalia Kireeva natkireeva6333@rambler.ru Viktor Shurygin vikshurygin83@rambler.ru <p>The research purpose is to analyse the self-regulation of students who use the massive open online course (MOOC) technology to learn the exact sciences. The sample included 252 students: females were 47%, and males were 53%. The average age of students was 20.08 ± 0.72. The students were divided into two groups: group 1 consisted of students who learnt the Digital singular (nano) optics course online using the MicrosoftTeams platform with teacher’s support; group 2 consisted of students who learnt the MOOC course individually. The relationships between self-regulation and academic success were also analysed. The research found that the overall level of self-regulation of students using MOOCs was 40% higher. In students who learnt online using the MicrosoftTeams, the level of self-regulation was average and amounted to 24.96 ± 1.32. In students who learnt the course based on the MOOC technology, the level of self-regulation was high and amounted to 35.02 ± 1.44 (<em>p</em>&nbsp;&lt; 0.05). The research of self-regulation shows higher results among the students who learnt using MOOCs platforms: flexibility – 46%, planning – 23% and results assessment – 15%; modelling and programming were no different. The average success score of students after learning the course on the MicrosoftTeams platform was 3.83 ± 0.36, and in the MOOC group, it was 4.43 ± 1.89.</p> 2022-08-11T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Kira Makhno, Natalia Kireeva, Viktor Shurygin https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2782 Playing the game: a realist approach to evaluating online student access, retention, progression and attainment initiatives 2022-06-27T08:40:05-07:00 Daniel Clark d.r.clark@kent.ac.uk <p>This study presents an evaluation of an online game-based student access, retention, progression and attainment (ARPA) initiative at the University of Kent. The initiative, a narrative-based simulation of a condensed student journey from pre-enrolment to graduation, is designed to prepare and support students in their transition to and participation in Higher Education. Student retention continues to be a perennial issue across the Higher Education sector, and studies have indicated that the more knowledgeable and informed students are about their university environment, the less likely they are to leave before completing their studies. Many institutions have developed interventions with the express purpose of addressing these concerns. Recognising the contextualised and subjective nature of such interventions, a realist evaluative framework was adopted to better understand the initiative under scrutiny, asking what works, for whom and in what circumstances. Participant interviews were utilised to assess the efficacy of the initiative in supporting students and in helping them to navigate often unfamiliar institutional cultures, practices and expectations. A revised programme theory is presented, enabling deeper insight into the merit of the initiative and its overall worth as a mechanism for change within the ARPA paradigm.</p> 2022-06-27T08:38:31-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Daniel Clark https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2673 Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020–2021 academic year at Fianarantsoa University: the use of Facebook as a mode to switch to online learning 2022-06-27T09:03:01-07:00 Jocelyne Zafitsara zafitsara.jocelyne@gmail.com Njaratiana Mario Arthur Velo velomarioarthur@gmail.com <p>This study analyses the impacts of the COVID-19 on teaching and learning at Fianarantsoa University (FU) in Madagascar. Interview questionnaires with 50 participants were carried out at the university concerned. Results demonstrate that FU took care of its students during the lockdown by introducing various measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the university. Distance learning via Gmail and Facebook, where teachers send course files to the mail group, was only found in certain parts of the colleges. Gmail was implemented to complete unfinished exams to avoid the White year. Controversial arguments were uncovered due to the complete cessation of teaching at the end of the distance exams without introducing alternatives to continue academic activities, though there are still three unfinished academic years. This study recommends the regular use of ‘Facebook’ as a device to shift to online teaching and learning, mainly if incidents occur that lead to academic disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, national epidemic, natural catastrophe or others. Facebook is the most used platform in Madagascar, with 3.05 million users in early 2022.</p> 2022-06-27T09:00:05-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Jocelyne Zafitsara, Njaratiana Mario Arthur Velo https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2702 Integrating MOOCs into traditional higher education modules: a MOOC-based blend framework 2022-05-31T08:57:21-07:00 Karla K. de Lima Guedes kdlg1g11@soton.ac.uk Hugh C. Davis hcd@soton.ac.uk John Schulz J.B.Schulz@soton.ac.uk <p>Online learning platforms, such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), continue to expand, and some academics are taking advantage of these resources by integrating them into their teaching. The literature shows that there are many different ways that MOOCS are being blended into on-campus university teaching, and it would be helpful to have a framework that demonstrates the relationship between the in-person and MOOC curricula content, and the Blended Learning models used in practice. This study investigated how some UK academics are blending MOOCs into their in-person teaching and whether the blends used had any impact on course design. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with six participants with MOOC blending experience, and data were analysed using an inductive approach to Thematic Analysis. Results from this study generated an understanding of (1) what parts of MOOCs lecturers are using and how these resources are being blended into their in-person courses, (2) what kind of impact a MOOC-based blend can have on a course design and (3) the MOOC-based blend framework – a framework to assess the extent to which readily available MOOCs are integrated into lecture-based university modules in terms of curricular alignment and types of blend.</p> 2022-05-30T00:00:00-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Karla K. de Lima Guedes, Hugh C. Davis, John Schulz https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2642 Augmented sociomateriality: implications of artificial intelligence for the field of learning technology 2022-05-20T08:51:28-07:00 Aditya Johri johri@gmu.edu <p>There has been a conscious effort in the past decade to produce a more theoretical account of the use of technology for learning. At the same time, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are being rapidly incorporated into learning technologies, significantly changing their affordances for teaching and learning. In this article I address the question of whether introduction of AI and associated features such as machine learning is a novel development from a theoretical perspective, and if so, how? I draw on the existing perspective of sociomateriality for learning and argue that the use of AI is indeed different because AI transforms sociomateriality by allowing materiality to take on characteristics previously associated primarily with a human agent, thereby shifting the nature of the sociomaterial assemblage. In this&nbsp;<em>data and algorithm</em>-driven AI-based sociomateriality, affordances for&nbsp;<em>representation and agency</em>&nbsp;change, thereby modifying&nbsp;<em>representational and relational practices</em>&nbsp;that are essential for cognition. The dualities of data/algorithm, representational/agentic augmentation, and relational/participatory practices act in tandem within this new sociomaterial assemblage. If left unchecked, this new assemblage is prone to perpetuate the biases programmed within the technology itself. Therefore, it is important to take ethical and moral implications of using AI-driven learning technologies into account before their use.</p> 2022-05-19T07:08:36-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Aditya Johri https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2668 Providing dementia education with augmented reality: a health sciences and medicine feasibility pilot study 2022-05-02T01:19:19-07:00 Cindy Jones cjones@bond.edu.au Daniel Khalil daniel.khalil@student.bond.edu.au Karanjot Mander karanjot.mander@student.bond.edu.au Alexandra Yeoh alexandra.yeoh@student.bond.edu.au Christian Moro cmoro@bond.edu.au <p>Understanding the key physiology and anatomy of the brain, and the mechanisms underlying dementia, represents essential components within a medical curriculum. This study assessed the implementation feasibility of an augmented reality (AR) three-dimensional (3D) brain visualisation learning mode and the knowledge improvements in medical students when compared to a text-based pamphlet. The pamphlet group learnt from a double-sided information pamphlet, while the AR group used an AR app. In AR, participants held a cube in front of the camera on the tablet, rendered on-screen as a 3D brain model, and received a narrated lesson containing the same information as the pamphlet verbatim. Both resources were also evaluated for perceived usefulness via pre-post tests and written survey. A total of 24 students participated in the study. A significant overall difference in knowledge scores (<em>p</em>&nbsp;&lt; 0.001) was found for all participants but without significant differences between groups. Prior education was a significant covariate for pre-post change (<em>p</em>&nbsp;= 0.016) across all participants but had no impact on group outcomes. Positive feedback was received on both resources where the majority perceived them as easy to use, enjoyable, and helped develop their knowledge of dementia. Both the text-based pamphlet and AR delivery modes improved knowledge, although neither was significantly superior to the other. However, the AR lesson was perceived highly for learning, and has the potential for implementation within a medical programme.</p> 2022-05-02T01:18:29-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Cindy Jones, Daniel Khalil, Karanjot Mander, Alexandra Yeoh, Christian Moro https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2458 Online submission, feedback and grading of assessment: what do academic staff really think? 2022-04-29T04:00:03-07:00 Emma Mayhew e.a.mayhew@reading.ac.uk Vicki Holmes v.holmes@reading.ac.uk Madeline Davies m.k.davies@reading.ac.uk Yota Dimitriadi y.dimitriadi@readingac.uk <p>The move to institution-wide adoption of online submission, feedback and grading is increasing significantly within the Higher Education sector. This transition is predominantly driven by the need to improve the student assessment experience, but some institutions now also cite the need to improve the staff assessment experience. Existing studies, however, provide seemingly contradictory evidence surrounding this online marking experience. This article adopts a mixed methods approach to explore academic staff preferences of the assessment experience within a UK-based institution following adoption of online submission, feedback and grading during 2017–2018. It finds that although the majority of colleagues prefer to mark and provide feedback online, the process of marking electronically is highly individual. Online marking is not just a single practice but a set of varied, rich approaches, influenced by individual marker perceptions, preferences and previous experiences, and is often highly emotive. Changes to existing marking practices are seen simultaneously as both challenging and liberating by cohorts of markers. Drawing on the results of a detailed staff survey, this article identifies seven themes that are influential to that experience. These findings have significant implications for how institutions manage change to large-scale adoption of online marking.</p> 2022-04-29T03:58:36-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Emma Mayhew, Vicki Holmes, Madeline Davies, Yota Dimitriadi https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2713 Students’ experiences of synchronous online tuition in health and social care 2022-04-06T11:28:48-07:00 Kathy Chandler kathy.chandler@open.ac.uk <p>This article considers the online tutorial experiences of 10 female undergraduate students studying a health and social care module at a large UK-based university that specialises in distance learning. The research uses the Community of Inquiry as a theoretical framework and takes an experience-centred narrative approach, using Voice-Centred Relational Method to analyse diaries and interviews. The analysis uncovers how tutorial experiences are embedded in the social and cultural contexts of students’ lives and are fitted around their caring roles. These students experience variation in tutorial design and in the tutors’ characteristics. They value friendly, empathetic tutors who enable students’ contributions and respond encouragingly. Students avoid using microphones in tutorials for multiple reasons but enjoy taking an active part via other tools. They appreciate hearing peers’ perspectives and prefer small group sizes. A sense of community is missing, particularly for students with fewer supportive friends, colleagues, or family members. They long to see people’s faces and build relationships. An awareness of students’ contexts and preferences can help educators to enable positive tutorial experiences.</p> 2022-04-06T11:27:55-07:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Kathy Chandler https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2680 Online microlearning and student engagement in computer games higher education 2022-03-09T03:03:30-08:00 Connor McKee connor.mckee@solent.ac.uk Konstantinos Ntokos kostas.dokos@solent.ac.uk <p>Microlearning, in which lecture recordings are segmented into parts, saw renewed focus as a means of maintaining student engagement amid the challenging conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. While many institutions shifted to remote provision with segmented lecture recordings, there is a lack of consensus about the length that these segments should be in order to best maintain engagement. Using a self-reported system of Likert-based diagnostics, 135 videos in use at Solent University’s computer games area were analysed. Ninety-four students were asked to agree or disagree with statements in the format ‘I understand X’, each tailored to the subject material of the video in question. Repeated questions before and after the video allowed for a change in confidence to be measured, as an indicator of engagement. The resulting 4198 responses showed an optimum range of 5–8 min overall. However, the year of study emerged as a significant factor in this regard – with an optimum range for first years at 6–12 min, and for second and third years at under 8 min. There is a need for institutional-level change in this area, as many institutions currently recommend use of lecture video segments far longer than either figure.</p> 2022-03-09T02:59:57-08:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Connor McKee, Konstantinos Ntokos https://journal.alt.ac.uk/index.php/rlt/article/view/2639 Smartphones as digital instructional interface devices: the teacher’s perspective 2022-01-11T13:19:21-08:00 Terrence Manyeredzi tmanyeredzi@gmail.com Vongai Mpofu tvmpofu@gmail.com <p>Globally, many nations have put in place policies on technology enhanced teaching and learning in an effort to keep abreast with the rapid advancement in technology. However, the use of technology in education has been slow in many third world countries, inclusive of Zimbabwe. COVID-19 restrictions inadvertently accelerated the adoption of digital instructional interface devices (DIIDs). Smartphones are preferred DIIDs because of their popularity amongst children as well as teachers. However, their successful penetration as DIIDs is largely dependent on teachers’ dispositions as key agents of curriculum implementation. Zimbabwe is known to have a 52% smartphone penetration rate for all citizens. The study was therefore carried out to determine the penetration rate of smartphones in science teachers, and also to probe teachers’ views on learners being allowed unlimited access to smartphones. The study adopted descriptive survey design from a quantitative research approach. Data was collected from 179 science teachers through a self-developed electronic questionnaire that was administered through the Kobo Toolbox online survey application. Results show that the smartphone penetration rate in science teachers is 87%. Multitasking and indecent exposure are the main forms of learner deviance that make teachers more reluctant to accept smartphones as DIIDs. In the presence of school-wide and classroom policies that cater for both merits of smartphone use and ease of policy enforcement, Zimbabwe science teachers are however ready to fully embrace smartphones as useful DIIDs.</p> 2022-01-11T13:18:14-08:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Terrence Manyeredzi, Vongai Mpofu