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O'Connor, Eileen A.; Worman, Terri – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2019
Since the advent of Second Life in 2004, immersive virtual-reality (VR) environments have been readily available to educators; more recent open-source environments have reduced costs significantly. This study reports on data gathered from an avatar-based immersive experience where teacher-education students gathered in VR spaces for synchronous…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Virtual Classrooms, Preservice Teachers, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Graham, C. Matt; Jones, Nory – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2019
This research sought to determine what impact a social network messaging app could have on student's team project performance. The app allowed students to self-select teams based on user profiles within the app. The study investigated three hypotheses that measured the apps impact on the quality of completed team projects, the team's sense of…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Synchronous Communication, Teamwork, Group Unity
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O'Connor, Eileen A. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2015
Opening with the history, recent advances, and emerging ways to use avatar-based virtual reality, an instructor who has used virtual environments since 2007 shares how these environments bring more options to community building, teaching, and education. With the open-source movement, where the source code for virtual environments was made…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Virtual Classrooms, Simulated Environment, Open Source Technology
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Bradley, Elizabeth Gates; Kendall, Brittany – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2014
Computer simulations can provide guided practice for a variety of situations that pre-service teachers would not frequently experience during their teacher education studies. Pre-service teachers can use simulations to turn the knowledge they have gained in their coursework into real experience. Teacher simulation training has come a long way over…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Simulation, Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Wilkens, Christian; Eckdahl, Kelli; Morone, Mike; Cook, Vicki; Giblin, Thomas; Coon, Joshua – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2014
This study examined the experiences of 11 graduate-level pre-service teachers completing Virtual School Field Experiences (VSFEs) with cooperating teachers in fully online, asynchronous high school courses in New York State. The VSFEs included a 7-week online teacher training course, and a 7-week online field experience. Pre-service teachers…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Virtual Classrooms, Field Experience Programs, Online Courses
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Hazen, Benjamin T.; Wu, Yun; Sankar, Chetan S.; Jones-Farmer, L. Allison – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2012
Although the need for new educational technologies is increasing, the process for disseminating these innovations remains a challenge. A literature review shows that few studies have thoroughly investigated this area. Furthermore, there is no comprehensive framework or coordinated research agenda that may be used to guide such investigation. This…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Literature Reviews, Models
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Singh, Gurmukh – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2012
The present article is primarily targeted for the advanced college/university undergraduate students of chemistry/physics education, computational physics/chemistry, and computer science. The most recent software system such as MS Visual Studio .NET version 2010 is employed to perform computer simulations for modeling Bohr's quantum theory of…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Quantum Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry
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Radoyska, P.; Ivanova, T.; Spasova, N. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2011
In this article we present a partially realized project for building a distributed learning environment for studying digital circuits Test and Diagnostics at TU-Sofia. We describe the main requirements for this environment, substantiate the developer platform choice, and present our simulation and circuit parameter calculation tools.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Virtual Classrooms, Internet
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O'Connor, Eileen A.; Sakshaug, Lynae E. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2009
Second Life (SL) is a user-created virtual environment with possible merit for teaching and learning in higher education. In this article, two teacher educators reflect on their initial development in SL, considering the ways they worked within SL to meet their differing instructional needs and the ways they prepared students for these learning…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Virtual Classrooms, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education Programs
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Ge, Shuzhi Sam; Tok, Meng Yong – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
With the advances in Internet technologies, online education is fast gaining ground as an extension to traditional education. Webcast allows lectures conducted on campus to be viewed by students located at remote sites by streaming the audio and video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. However when used alone, webcast does not provide…
Descriptors: Interaction, Internet, Cooperation, Distance Education