TOJNED - Volume 10 - Issue 4 - October 2020

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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR INCREASING STUDENT-TO-INSTRUCTOR INTERACTION IN AN ONLINE COURSE

Gaspard Mucundanyi

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Student-to-instructor interaction is crucial in online education. Through this interaction, the instructors guide students on contents and create a learning environment that allows students to communicate between themselves. The student-to-instructor interaction is of the factors that determine student participation and satisfaction. Thus, this study uses a systematic review to discuss the strategies that instructors can use to increase student-to-instructor interaction in online courses. This study highlights four strategies, including the instructor’s participation in online courses, the feedback from an online instructor, the availability of an online instructor and timely response, and pre- and during class communications in online courses. The online instructors and instructional designers may use these strategies to improve interaction with the students. These strategies may also assist instructional designers and instructors who develop and teach hybrid or blended courses.

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LINEAR ALGEBRA ONLINE LEARNING OBJECTS: RAPID DEVELOPMENT WHILE STILL FOCUSING ON PEDAGOGY

Hans Chun, Jace Hargis

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty were asked to migrate courses into an online format within ten days. This study will share the research-based pedagogy used while creating online learning objects for a Linear Algebra II course. Six different data collection instruments were used including two Course Syllabus (prior face-to-face and current online); Before and After Response to Self-Efficacy Survey; How to Make Awesome Math Videos; Example Instructor Communication with Online Students; Instructor Responses to an Instrument for Teaching Online; and Midterm Student Perceptions of Online Learning. The findings indicate that factors affecting the effectiveness of the online course include implementing effective course design; awareness that learning outcomes should not be modified when migrating online; having an openness to quickly integrate teaching research; time management is critical; eliciting input from students can be helpful; early, humanistic communication is key to reduce anxiety and create a helpful classroom culture; and student perceptions indicate that they appreciated the use of VoiceThread platform; course design; instructor creating a welcome classroom; and feedback; would prefer some synchronous opportunities; more examples [many indicated nothing needed improved]; and have a very good disposition towards the online course, sharing word such as Great, Awesome and Excellent!

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OPINIONS OF THE SECONDARY AND PRIMARY EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS IN THE TRNC ABOUT THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Gaye TÜRKER, Hülya ALTUN

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The aim of this study is to determine in detail the difficulties experienced by administrators in primary and secondary education institutions affiliated to the Ministry of National Education and Culture in TRNC. regarding technology use tools and to examine the problems and views of principals and assistant principals on this issue.to evaluate, to determine the causes of these problems and possible solutions. The qualitative research method was used in this study. The maximum diversity sampling method was used from purposeful sampling in sampling selection. Based on maximum diversity sampling, different gender, age, seniority, branch, education level etc. Participants of the research were determined by paying attention to such features. The working group consists of 47 people. This study consists of 15 Principals, 15 Assistant Principals in primary education, 5 Principals and 12 Assistant Principals in Secondary Schools working in primary and secondary schools in Nicosia region. Semi-structured interview forms were used as data collection tools. The data were analyzed with a descriptive analysis method and presented within the framework of determined themes. Findings revealed, determining the problems they experienced (Lack of knowledge, financial difficulties, lack of repair unit of the ministry, in-service insufficiency of training, insufficient internet infrastructure, fear of spoiling the relevant tools, not every school having equal opportunities etc.). Another result of the study is the widespread use of technology usage tools. Since the facilities of the school are limited, the participants expressed the view that this can only be done by finding sponsor companies and donating technological tools to the school. The use of technological tools in the field of education is one of the conditions of the modern education system. Besides, another result that came out of the interview forums was that the participants firstly followed the technology and developed themselves and set an example for other teachers by their leadership qualities.

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THE EFFECT OF LEARNING INTEREST ON RESULTS OF COMPUTER LEARNING APPLICATIONS

Agung Listiadi

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Education is a supporting factor for the progress of the nation. The purpose of education is essentially to change behavior, intellectual and moral as well as socially so that they can be independent in people's lives. To achieve educational goals that have been set, then the need for teaching and learning process which is an activity in order to implement the curriculum at an educational institution. The intention of this study was to reflect the effect of interest in studying on student learning outcomes in Computer Application Programs in Accounting Study Program. This research adds insight and knowledge about the the influence of learning is explored on student learning products in the future. The saturated sample in this research is 45 students of Accounting Study Program. Research result are thats there is a significant influences of learning interest learning outcomes.

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WORKING WITH ELECTRONS: INTEGRATING “KITS” FOR HANDS-ON ONLINE LEARNING IN HOMES

Rodolfo Cossovich, Jace Hargis, Hans Chun

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Teaching online can be a challenge, especially for courses which offer laboratory sessions. This research explores one method of replicating hands-on lab skills during an online course by developing a “Kit” which includes the necessary tools and components for students to complete the course labs at their homes. The intent is to provide an option for online courses, especially during unusual times, such as what occurred this semester during the closing of campus due to the COVID-19 situation. The study will share the approach, methods and components of the lab kit, as well as direct and indirect evidence of success of the research questions. The research focus is on how home lab Kits are effective for online learning to support lectures and reading; encourage self-efficacy; help students to become better researchers; create more meaningful project artifacts; keep students engaged in offline activities that are recurrent and periodic; and motivate students' dispositions to continue their efforts. Findings indicate that students do believe home Lab Kits are effective for supporting lectures and reading online; showed an increase of self efficacy when building circuits and interpreting results from their experiments; Kits are effective for helping them to become better researchers; projects created online were similar to projects created in a F2F setting; Kits kept them engaged in recurring offline activities; and Kits are effective for motivating them to continue their efforts.

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