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Journal Issue
Volume 4 Issue 1 / Mar 2006  pp1‑111

Editor: Shirley Williams

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Customer‑Driven Development for Rapid Production of Assessment Learning Objects  pp1‑6

Andrew Adams, Shirley Williams

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MyGfL: A Lifelong Learning Platform for Malaysian Society  pp7‑14

Zailan Arabee Abdul Salam, Azmi Mansur

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Providing Fine‑grained Feedback Within an On‑line Learning System — Identifying the Workers from the Lurkers and the Shirkers  pp15‑26

Colin Egan, Amanda Jefferies, Jason Johal

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Abstract

This paper describes a mechanism developed by the authors to gather student feedback from formative revision Multiple Choice Questionnaires (MCQs) within an on‑line learning system. The MCQs provided first year Computer Science students with instant formative feedback, while data was also gathered about student responses, such as the percentage opting for each answer and the time taken to answer the question. We measured how students were using our on‑line learning system; whether they were in fact 'workers' who provided answers to the MCQs, were 'lurkers' who did not provide answers but asked for solutions or 'shirkers', who did not access the site at all! The data indicates that the time taken to answer a harder question was less than that of an easier question suggesting that the workers turned into lurkers strategically when they thought they could not answer successfully. It was not however clear whether the lurker suddenly finding an easier question would change back into a worker. Future work to encourage the shirkers to participate is also discussed. 

 

Keywords: VLE, Formative MCQs, Summative MCQs, On-line teaching, On-line learning

 

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Delivering What Students say They Want On‑Line: Towards Academic Participation in the Enfranchisement of e‑Learners?  pp27‑34

Richard Hall

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Outline and Evaluation of a Joint European and Canadian Virtual Mobility: e‑Learning Project  pp35‑42

Alan Hilliard

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Collaborative On‑Line Teaching: The Inevitable Path to Deep Learning and Knowledge Sharing?  pp43‑50

Karin Tweddell Levinsen

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Implementing Courseware to Support Learning Through Real‑World Erroneous Examples: Students' Perceptions of Tertiary Courseware and Obstacles to Implementing Effective Delivery Through VLE  pp51‑59

Rachada Monthienvichienchai, Erica Melis

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Topic Maps e‑Learning Portal Development  pp60‑67

Kamila Olsevicova

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Encouraging Student Participation in an On‑line Course Using 'Pull' Initiatives Paul  pp68‑79

Peachey Paul

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Providing 'Quality Care' to International Students Through On‑line Communication  pp80‑87

Chris Perry

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Using Software Testing Techniques for Efficient Handling of Programming Exercises in an e‑Learning Platform  pp88‑95

Joachim Schwieren, Gottfried Vossen, Peter Westerkamp

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ICT and Schools: Identification of Factors Influencing the use of new Media in Vocational Training Schools  pp96‑103

Alexandra Totter, Daniela Stütz, Gudela Grote

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Using an Online Games‑Based Learning Approach to Teach Database Design Concepts  pp104‑111

Thomas M Connolly, Mark Stansfield, Evelyn McLellan

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