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Volume 9 Issue 1, ECEL 2010 special issue / Apr 2011  pp1‑114

Editor: Carlos Vaz de Carvalho

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An Automated Individual Feedback and Marking System: An Empirical Study  pp1‑14

Trevor Barker

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Semi‑Automatic Grading of Students’ Answers Written in Free Text  pp15‑22

Nuno Escudeiro, Paula Escudeiro, Augusto Cruz

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Enhanced Approach of Automatic Creation of Test Items to foster Modern Learning Setting  pp23‑38

Christian Gutl, Klaus Lankmayr, Joachim Weinhofer, Margit Hofler

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Methodology for Evaluating Quality and Reusability of Learning Objects  pp39‑51

Eugenijus Kurilovas, Virginija Bireniene, Silvija Serikoviene

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Fluidity in the Networked Society ‑ Self‑initiated learning as a Digital Literacy Competence  pp52‑62

Karin Tweddell Levinsen

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Discovering Student Web Usage Profiles Using Markov Chains  pp63‑74

Alice Marques, Orlando Belo

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Assessing Student Transitions in an Online Learning Environment  pp75‑86

Minoru Nakayama, Hiroh Yamamoto

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Science, Sport and Technology ‑ a Contribution to Educational Challenges  pp87‑97

Kelly O’Hara, Paula Reis, Dulce Esteves, Rui Brás, Luísa Branco

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From Soap Opera to Research Methods Teaching: Developing an Interactive Website/DVD to Teach Research in Health and Social Care  pp98‑104

Abigail Sabey, Sue Horrocks

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Research methods modules have become a core component of a range of nursing and allied health professional educational programmes both at pre‑qualifying, undergraduate level and at post‑qualifying and Masters’ level, in keeping with requirements of professional bodies. These courses are offered both on a full time basis and part time for qualified practitioners working in the field accessing continuous professional development (CPD). Evaluation of these courses suggests that some students find research methods challenging to understand and the pace of sessions demanding, and has highlighted a need for additional ways to support learning and teaching. There are a number of existing electronic resources relating to research methods accessible to students via the internet, which could help to support learning and teaching in this area and meet the wide range of learning styles among students. However, many are not specific to health research. In addition, the quality of content can be variable and use/accessibility unpredictable. This, combined with the need for innovative ways to engage interest in research methods, suggested the need for a new electronic resource for health research, for use within the context of a classroom taught course. The process of developing an interactive resource incorporating a narrative element is described. A narrative approach recognises the power of story in capturing interest and transferring information and offers scope for imagination and intrigue within learning. A story of two fictional health practitioner characters working in a local health centre was created to weave around research methods theory. Interactive elements such as question‑and‑answer tasks, audio extracts, games and interactive graphics were added to offer varied and stimulating ways of presenting material to meet a range of learning styles. The resource also incorporates a number of self‑assessment opportunities to reinforce learning. The use of voices heard in realistic scenarios arising in the health centre anchors learning in everyday practice aiming to help students appreciate the need for evidence and the value of research understanding. 


Keywords: research methods teaching, evidence-based practice, elearning, nurse education, narrative


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A Different Vision in eLearning: Metaphors  pp105‑114

Nazime Tuncay, Ioana Andreea Stanescu, Mustafa Tuncay

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