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Maier, Robert Brick; Fisher, Mercedes – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2007
Media education curricula has had to address significant changes in students' experiences of media resulting in a void for disadvantaged youth in terms of exposure to arts and technology. In this study we give an overview of the development of media curricula from an international perspective as it pertains to the intersection of art, education,…
Descriptors: Decision Making Skills, Educational Objectives, Disadvantaged Youth, Secondary Education
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Fisher, Mercedes; Baird, Derek E. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2007
The convergence of mobile technologies into student-centered learning environments requires academic institutions to design new and more effective learning, teaching, and user experience strategies. In this article we share results from an mLearning design experiment and analysis from a student survey conducted at the National College of Ireland.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Student Surveys, Active Learning
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Baird, Derek E.; Fisher, Mercedes – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2006
Raised in the "always on" world of interactive media, the Internet, and digital messaging technologies, today's student has different expectations and learning styles than previous generations. This net-centric generation values their ability to use the Web to create a self-paced, customized, on-demand learning path that includes multiple forms of…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Cognitive Style, Online Systems, Educational Technology
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Fisher, Mercedes; Thompson, Gregory S.; Silverberg, David A. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2005
Investigating the participant structure that works in online courses helps us design for, and facilitate, collaboration. Learning communities and group work influence collaboration in online courses. We present an exploratory study of computer-mediated groups that used this model to participate in an online MA program in Educational Technology.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Curriculum Development, Cooperation, Online Courses
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Fisher, Mercedes – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
Educational institutions have rushed to provide online courses; however, too often schools have discovered the difficulty in transferring effective teaching strategies in the classroom to an online environment. A unique aspect of quality online courses is how they rely heavily on effective collaboration to create a meaningful learning environment.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Program Development, Internet, Cooperation
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Fisher, Mercedes; Coleman, Bonita – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2002
Discusses a case study at Pepperdine University (California) in the Online Master of Arts in Educational Technology and the critical insights which can be used by similar university programs to influence their thinking of how to best prepare future learning communities in virtual discussions. Addresses key issues, benefits, and methods concerning…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Distance Education
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Fisher, Mercedes – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2001
Analyzes Web-based instructional design practices as to how they may influence the student experience and suggests guidelines for achieving optimal learning effectiveness. Evaluates barriers to successful Web teaching and credibility of resources on the Web that negatively impact student ability to achieve learning goals. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Guidelines, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies