Volume 6 - Issue 1

January 2018

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A case study of the Online Interactions among ESL students to complete their narrative writing task

A.Nagaletchimee Annamalai
Pages: 1-17

The study is a qualitative case study that investigated the patterns of interactions among ESL students during their online interactions to complete their narrative essays. The study found that students were engaged in interactions related to language related assistance, using partner as a resource and providing encouragement as suggested by Golonka et al. (2017). Nevertheless, these interactions were only focused on aspect related to sentence fluency and word choice. Interactions related to organizations and ideas were minimal. The findings implied that the presence of a teacher is pertinent for students to construct knowledge in a more meaningful way in the virtual classrooms. A number of pedagogical implications were suggested in this study.

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Analysis of Students’ Online Information Searching Strategies, Exposure to Internet Information Pollution And Cognitive Absorption Levels Based on Various Variables

Adile Aşkım Kurt Bülent Gürsel Emiroğlu
Pages: 18-29

The objective of the present study was to examine students’ online information searching strategies, their cognitive absorption levels and the information pollution levels on the Internet based on different variables and to determine the correlation between these variables. The study was designed with the survey model, the study group included 198 students attending Computer Engineering and Computer Education and Instructional Technologies (CEIT) Departments in two universities located two cities in the Central Anatolian Region in 2016-2017 academic year fall semester. The data collection tools were Online Information Searching Strategy Inventory, Internet Information Pollution Scale and Cognitive Absorption Scale. In the study, it was found that the scores of the students related to these variables were above the average. It was also found in the study that there were low levels of positive correlations between the students’ level of cognitive absorption and encountering information pollution on the Internet and online information searching strategies. Another finding was that male students’ average score for online information searching strategies was higher than that of the female students. Furthermore, the common interaction between department and grade level variables based on the Internet information pollution scores was statistically significant.

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Investigating Student Attitudes towards Augmented Reality

Pages: 30-44

This study aimed to identify the attitudes of secondary school students towards AR applications and to investigate the change in these attitudes according to different variables. The study also aspired to determine the relationship between attitudes towards AR and achievement. General survey model was used in the study. The study group was composed of 54 7th graders attending there separate classes of a state school. In order to determine student attitudes towards AP applications in educational environments, students were first provided with the experience for 4 weeks (16 lessons). Research findings show that students have positive attitudes towards AR applications. Gender, ownership of personal computers and mobile devices were not found to change attitudes towards AR applications. While daily internet use was not found to affect AR attitudes, it was found that attitudes differed significantly according to frequency of playing computer games. Research findings show a meaningful relationship between AR attitudes and achievement.

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Modelling The Happiness Classification Of Addicted, Addiction Risk, Threshold And Non-Addicted Groups On Internet Usage

Fatma Sapmaz Tarık Totan
Pages: 45-55

The aim of this study is to model the happiness classification of university students – grouped as addicted, addiction risk, threshold and non-addicted to internet usage -- with compatibility analysis on a map as happiness, average and unhappiness. The participants in this study were 400 university students from Turkey. According to the results of two-step cluster analysis, it was found that 21.10% of participants are in the ‘addiction group’, 26.60% participants are in the ‘addiction risk group’, 26.60% participants are in the ‘threshold group’ which is between the ‘risk’ and ‘non-addicted’ groups, and 25.80% participants are in the ‘non-addicted group’. Additionally, two-step cluster analysis for happiness research showed that 15.90% of participants are in the ‘happiness group’, 43.20% belong to the ‘average group’ and 40.90% fall into the ‘unhappiness group’. Correspondence analysis between internet addiction groups and happiness status suggested a significant and justifiable relationship between the two variables. Consequently, taking the findings of this study and of the limited research addressing different concepts of positive psychology such as internet addiction and happiness (e.g., satisfaction of needs, psychological strength etc.) together, these research findings are thought to contribute to the literature.

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Self-Disclosure And Internet Addiction

Nihan Arslan Aydın Kiper
Pages: 56-63

The aim of study is to investigate the relationship between self-disclosure and internet addiction. Self- Disclosure Scale and Internet Addiction Scale were applied to students. Results indicated a negative correlation between self-disclosure and internet addiction. Self disclosure was negative predicted by internet addiction in the structural equation model. Fit indices obtained from the structural equation model established to determine the level of clarification of internet addiction by the level of self-disclosure indicates that the model fits well. Findings are discussed depending on the literature.

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Suggestopedia Based Storytelling Teaching Model for Primary Students in Salatiga

Sunardi Herman J. Waluyo Astini Suudi Nugraheni Eko Wardani
Pages: 64-75

Teaching and learning speaking skills should be able to engage students in a creative process. Students have to be able to speak in front of the class, create a dialogue, tell a story, and produce the language creatively. The teaching and learning of the speaking skill focusing on story telling ability can work well when supported by the appropriate choice of teaching method. This study attempts to: 1) identify the list of things needed by teachers of primary schools to teach Bahasa Indonesia in fun and creative ways, 2) design a prototype of suggestopedia based storytelling learning model to teach Bahasa Indonesia in primary schools, 3) develop the prototype into a suggestopedia based storytelling learning model to teach Bahasa Indonesia in primary schools, 4) determine the effectiveness of the application of suggestopedia based storytelling learning model to teach Bahasa Indonesia in primary schools. This research is a model development study based on the procedures by Borg and Gall. This study demonstrated that a teaching model is created through the following steps: 1) identifying and analyzing the needs of the students and teachers, 2) designing and evaluating the model, 3) developing and testing the model. The effectiveness test showed a significant increase of 3.03 or 8.11% in the experimental group’s mean score, from 18.94 in the pretest to 21.97 in the posttest. Meanwhile, the control group only experienced a 2.51 or 6.36 % in the mean score, from 18.50 in the pretest to 21.05 in the posttest. Hence, it can be concluded that the students’ story telling skill in the experiment class using the teaching method developed in this study was higher than in the control class. The result implied that the teaching model prototype can be further developed to increase the primary students’ story telling skill in Salatiga.

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The Effect of a Flipped Classroom Model on Academic Achievement, Self-Directed Learning Readiness, Motivation And Retention

Didem ALSANCAK SIRAKAYA Selçuk Özdemir
Pages: 76-91

The aim of this study is to examine the effect of a flipped classroom model on students' academic achievement, self-directed learning readiness and motivation. The participants of this study were a total of 66 students who took the "Scientific Research Methods" course and were studying in two different classes in the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance, Faculty of Education at Ahi Evran University in the fall term of the 2014 – 2015 academic year. One class was designated as an experimental group and the other one was the control group. The researchers applied the flipped classroom model to the experimental group while a classical blended learning method was applied to the control group. An achievement test, a self-directed learning readiness scale and a motivation scale were used as data collection tools. To analyze the collected data, this study used the t-test, MANOVA and ANCOVA analyses. Study findings showed that there was a significant difference between groups in terms of academic achievement, motivation and retention. However, no significant difference between the experimental and control groups in terms of self directed learning readiness was found.

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The Effect of Dynamic Web Technologies on Student Academic Achievement in Problem-Based Collaborative Learning Environment*

Pages: 92-108

Some of the 21st proficiencies which are expected from people are determined as collaborative working and solving problem. In gaining these proficiencies, using collaborative solving problem based on social constructivism theory, which is among learning-teaching approaches is shown as a method. The importance of collaborative solving problem is that it is one of the the methods that allows for social constructivism in the class. In the education systems in which constructivist education programs are common, dynamic WEB technologies which support the teacher and students in learning and teaching processes have an important contribution to be BT integration process. In this study, ‘’Semi-Experimental Design model with First test-Lost test Control group’’ was used. The aim of this research is to determine the effect of dynamic web technologies on the academic achievement in problem-based collaborative learning environment. In the research, ‘’Academic Success Test’’ was applied as first test-last test as a data collecting tool. This research was conducted during the application periods of 8 weeks in 2012-2013 spring. The working group of the research was formed from 104 teacher candidates, 53 of whom were in second teaching (evening classes) and 51 of whom were in first teaching (day-time classes) in the 3rd class of Education Faculty Computer and Teaching Technologies Teaching department of a state university which is located in a metropolitan city. As a result of research, it was observed that students who learned with dynamic web technologies are more successful.

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The Intention to Use GeoGebra in the Teaching of Mathematics Among Malaysian Teachers

Soheila Belgheis Rosemaliza Kamalludeen
Pages: 109-115

This quantitative study examined Malaysian teachers’ perception towards using GeoGebra in mathematics tea ching. The relationship between teachers’ Perceived Current Competencies (PCC) of GeoGebra, and Intention to Use (IU) it as well as the difference between male and female teachers and between users and non-users of GeoGebra were investigated. An online survey was administered on 132 teachers who had already participated in GeoGebra workshops in Malaysia. The results of correlation and independent t-test revealed a positive relationship between teachers’ perceived current competencies with their intention to use GeoGebra in teaching mathematics. There were no significant differences between male and female teachers in their intention to use GeoGebra in teaching mathematics. On the other hand, significant differences were observed between users and non-users of GeoGebra in their intention to use GeoGebra in their mathematics classrooms

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Using Random Parameter Logit In Open And Distance Learning (ODL) Institutions In Malaysia

SzeWei Loo Chooi Chea Chiam
Pages: 116-124

Attention has been drawn to Open Distance Learning (ODL) as a mode for teaching and learning with the advancement in communication via the Internet. Education today has expanded the role of ICT in learning and knowledge generation, leveraging on Internet technology to transmit education across the country. Technology advancement and the introduction of ODL in educationhas created heated competition among these private higher education providers in Malaysia. ODL mode offers a flexible form of learning. Learners of ODL tend to be more challenging to fulfill their needs as they have other commitments in life, therefore, these learners will have certain criteria when choosing their learning education institution. The aim of this study is to investigate the vital attributes contributing in choosing an ODL higher education institution in Malaysia and to explore the consumers’ socioeconomic characteristics with their willingness-to-pay fees. Although studies on the attributes that influence student choice of a university exist, these have failed to use the choice experiment method to examine the attributes influencing choice of ODL education provider. The sample population was 320 using face-to-face interview. The results would be able to provide ODL education providers in Malaysia with knowledge on making the right marketing strategy.

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Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Technology (MOJET) highlights the current issues in educational technology. MOJET is an international, professional referred journal in the interdisciplinary fields sponsored by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya.  This journal serves as a platform for presenting and discussing the emerging issues on educational technology for readers who share common interests in understanding the developments of the integration of technology in education. The journal is committed to providing access to quality researches raging from original research, theoretical articles and concept papers in educational technology.

In order to produce high quality journal, extensive effort has been put in selecting valuable researches that contribute to the journal. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to editorial board, reviewers and researchers for their valuable contributions to make this journal a reality.

Professor Dr. Saedah Siraj

Editor in chief