Volume 6 - Issue 4

October 2018

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Augmented Reality From Turkish Researchers' Perspective

Mubin Kıyıcı
Pages: 1-12

Concept of augmented reality (AR) has been attracting the attention of researchers due to its feature of combining physical environment of students and digital presentation materials and offering them to users. AR applications have made a great impression among scientists working in a wide range of fields from engineering sciences to social sciences and become the subject matter of theoretical and experimental research and different kinds of studies in a process starting from the design and programming steps of AR applications to their usage by end-users. In this research, 191 different studies conducted by Turkish scientists on AR were subjected to a document analysis, and the studies were examined according to their fields, types, research designs and population and sample characteristics. These studies were also subjected to a content analysis and scrutinized. According to the research results, AR applications have become the subject matters of product design / development studies particularly in engineering sciences while their different effects have been tested with quantitative research designs in educational sciences.

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Can Informal Learning and Academic Engagement Mediate the Negative Impact of Social Networking on Academic Performance?

Mohamamd Ali Rostaminezhad Mohsen Ayati Mina Zamaniyan
Pages: 18-28

College students are the prominent users of social networking sites. Some studies revealed negative effect of social networking on academic performance, so finding some variables which can mediate this negative effect is important. This descriptive-correlational study examined the mediating role of informal learning and engagement in relationship between social networking and academic performance. To this aim, 380 university students were selected using cluster sampling. Social Network Sites Usage, Student’s Engagement in School Scale, perceived educational outcome of social networks and student self-reported GPA were used as instruments. Findings from path analysis revealed that the direct effect of social networking on academic performance and engagement was negative but its impact on informal learning was positive. Path analysis showed neither informal learning nor academic engagement can mediate negative effect of social networking on academic performance.

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Impact of the Individual Innovativeness Characteristics on Success and Contentment at the Computer Programming Course: A Web-Based Blended Learning Experience

Mustafa Yağcı
Pages: 29-39

The computer programming knowledge requires high level problem solving skills. Complexity of programming language and the learning attributes, control focus, thought processes and individual differences like individual innovativeness characteristics (IIC), have an influence on the success of the students in programming. One of the methods in which information and communication technologies are utilized to secure student participation and retain learning is the blended learning method. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the introduction to programming course which is designed by web-based blended learning method on the academic successes and contentment of the students with different individual innovative characteristics. The results of the research have indicated that the execution of the course with web-based online learning instruments, has positively impacted the academic success and motivation of the students. One other finding is that there are meaningful deviations between the pretest- posttest success scores within each group whose individual innovative characteristics are being pioneering, questioning and skeptical. Furthermore the analysis results have indicated that there is no meaningful difference between the three individual innovative with regards to achievement test.

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Investigating the Smart Phone Addictions of Vocational School Students from Different Variables

Hakkı Bağcı Muhammed Fatih Pekşen
Pages: 40-52

Nowadays, smartphones are used by individuals of all ages for communication, messaging, online or offline gaming, social media browsing and information access. Smartphones, which are frequently used by students for any purpose, increase the level of smartphones dependency of the students and affect them negatively. The purpose of this study is to examine the smartphone dependency levels of vocational college students. Students' smartphone dependency levels are examined according to whether they have a social media account, their smartphone usage goals, smartphone usage times, gender, class degree and family income levels. The survey model was used to collect the research data. Participants of this study are students who are studied at different vocational colleges in Sakarya University at the academic year of 2017-2018. The personal information form created by the researcher to collect data and "Smart Phone Dependency Scale - Short Form" were used that adapted by Noyan et al (2015) to the Turkish language. According to the results, students who were participating in the survey were moderately smartphone addicts. And again as a result of the research, it was seen that female students were more addicted to smartphones than male students. Students in business and public relations programs were found that they were more addicted to smartphones than students in computer programming. In addition, students whose family income level is between 4001-7000 TL are more likely to be addicted to smartphones than students in other family income groups. Another result is that students who use more than 5 hours of telephone use are more addicted to other students and students who use the phone between 3 hours and 5 hours are more smartphone addicts than students who use telephone between 0-3 hours. According to another research result, it can be said that the students who have any social media accounts are more addicted to smartphones than those who do not have social media accounts. Students using the Instagram social media account were found to be more smartphone addicts than students using Facebook. Students' smartphone dependency does not differ significantly from the class levels that they study, smartphone renewal times, and the operating systems that they use on their phones.

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Primary School Students' Perceptions of Technology

Pages: 53-66

It was aimed with this study to identify primary school fourth-grade students' perceptions of technology. The study was designed as phenomenology method. The participants of the research were composed of 58 primary school fourth-grade students attending to a public school. The research data were obtained through picture drawing, metaphors, Word Association Test, and semi-structured interviews. The findings showed that the students had similar perceptions of technology and they associated the concept of technology rather with higher tech products. They also defined technology as things that make things easier and emphasized that it has positive and negative aspects.

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Profiling Web Technology Adoption of English Language Instructors in Malaysian Universities

Puvaneswary Murugaiah
Pages: 67-82

Undeniably the use of web technology in language teaching and learning has advanced by leaps and bounds. It not only provides effective learning experiences to the present digitally-inclined students but also assists teachers in creating interesting content and activities as well as in monitoring and evaluating students. Teachers at all educational levels employ web technology in their teaching. However, it has been reported that its potential has not been fully reaped. This paper presents findings from a study investigating the nature and extent of web technologies used by Malaysian tertiary English language instructors. The aim was to examine the nature and extent of using such tools in language teaching. Profiling the web technology adoption by these instructors would provide insights on the degree of use and the range of web potentialities that has been explored; providing vital information to all key players regarding support and training needs, among others. The findings of the study revealed that the English instructors employed a myriad of web tools. They demonstrated a high level of use of these tools for teaching but only a medium level for communication and evaluation.

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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.

Dr. Mübin KIYICI

October 2018

Editor in chief