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Volume 7 - issue 2 - 2011

Researching teaching with ICT in higher education

Yngve Nordkvelle, editor

seminar.netIn this issue we have collected four papers from Norwegian authors. The papers have been guest edited by associate professor Hugo Nordseth of North-Trøndelag University College. The authors represent the new generation of teachers in higher education who follow up on what new technologies have to offer for teaching and learning in higher education. Gard B. Jenset presents a study which investigates attitudes among student teachers toward using electronic resources in teaching. Two groups of student teachers, were asked to assess their skills and attitudes. Jenset introduced them to an example of how open-source, Web-based data and software could be used in teaching English culture and history. The students apporved of the experiment, but Jenset concludes that teacher education contributes little to improve their skills with technology. Cecilie Asting and Anne Swanberg discuss how to manage feedback and responses to students in large scale classes. Well planned teaching and learning activities can invite students to a variety of feedback activities. The experiements described gives insights into have such initiatives can be improved and succeed.

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Student attitudes toward teaching English with technology

Gard B. Jenset, of Bergen University College, presents the article “Student attitudes toward teaching English with Technology”. In the paper he investigates attitudes among student teachers toward using electronic resources in teaching. Two groups of student teachers, were asked to assess their skills and attitudes. Jenset introduced them to an example of how open-source, Web-based data and software could be used in teaching English culture and history. The students apporved of the experiment, but Jenset concludes that teacher education contributes little to improve their skills with technology.

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How can we make junior business students understand the importance of learning organizational behaviour and management?

Cecilie Asting and Anne Swanberg of BI Norwegian Business School, present the article: “How can we make junior business students understand the importance of learning organizational behaviour and management?” They discuss how to manage feedback and responses to students in large scale classes. Well planned teaching and learning activities can invite students to a variety of feedback activities. The experiements described gives insights into have such initiatives can be improved and succeed.

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E-learning for sustainable development - rationale, strategies, choices and actions. Experiences from the study programme MSc in Development Management

Sven Åke Bjørke, of the University of Agder, presents the article: “E-learning for sustainable development - rationale, strategies, choices and actions. In the paper he discusses the need to be aware of classifications of knowledge when curricula and learning activities are designed. The author argues for the entire sector to jump directly to "state of the art" of e-learning. To pursue this, he makes a quest for investment in teacher training in higher education, rather than focusing on technology.

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Wiki Storyline in Second Language Teaching

Hege Emma Rimmereide, Barbara Blair and Jon Hoem, of the Bergen University College, present a paper by the title: “Wiki Storyline in Second Language Teaching”. They describe a project involving the use of wiki. Wiki Storyline is a web-based Storyline using wikis, and which demands an interdisciplinary approach to second language teaching. The Storyline creates motivation for written and oral communication. The authors have used Wiki Storyline in two in-service courses and the study presents a comparative analysis of technical solutions as well as pedagogical potentials explored in the two courses. They also employed Etherpad for collaborative writing and as an arena for reflection.

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EFA in Pakistan: Struggle for Upgrading Literacy

Dr. Mumtaz Watto of J.B Jhang, Higher Education Department in Punjab, Pakistan, shares his descriptions and analytical viewpoints on how the situation concerning “Education for All” in Pakistan is at the time being, and describes possibilities and problems on how the government should meet the problem in the future.

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