Investigating how educational technologies can enhance learning experiences by assisting different learning activities

Cardoso Maia, Cristiano ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5487-2478 (2020) Investigating how educational technologies can enhance learning experiences by assisting different learning activities. Masters thesis, Middlesex University. [Thesis]

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Abstract

Current educational technology implementations are done independently and not necessarily linked, neither with key elements of the pedagogic model, nor accommodating different learning styles. This work focuses on developing a framework that would standardise the use of assistive technologies in education. In particular, the focus of this work is on how social media, computer-assisted assessment, augmented and mixed reality can be used to improve the learning experience in certain educational contexts.

This research study is based on a combination of grounded theory that included a literature review on the following relevant areas, covering key topics that correspond to the dimensions of the proposed framework: i) communication in education; ii) assessment; iii) and feedback. This stage provided a review of the learning activity spectrum that can be affected by educational technologies. The deliverable of this stage was a detailed literature review with distinct links to the action research in the form of specific pilot studies. The following stage provides a discussion on the impact of educational technologies on learning activities. The main deliverable is a review of current technologies with emphasis on how they affect specific learning activities

The research also included an element of action research in the form of six pilot studies: i) Google Glass: Student Experience; ii) Google Glass: Presentation Feedback; iii) Google Glass: Feedback on Feedback; iv) Google Glass: Voting System; v) Social Media: Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn; vi) Student Observable Behaviour. The pilots were conducted and analysed in order to provide sufficient evidence supporting the proposed framework guidelines.

The framework proposed consists of four dimensions: i) content; ii) communication; iii) assessment; iv) feedback. This framework is a framework of good practice. It can be used to support academics who wishes to deploy educational technologies in support of a range of learning activities. Furthermore, the framework has the flexibility of applying different educational technologies for different scenarios without missing a standardised evaluation criteria.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
B. > Theses
Item ID: 33696
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Depositing User: Brigitte Joerg
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 08:26
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33696

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