International Journal of Knowledge and Learning (7 papers in press)
Relearning the Practice of Managing an Undergraduate Programme: A Learning Lesson from a Thai Institution
by Jureepon Lueakha, Pataravadee Tongngam, Ravee Phoewhawm
Abstract: The purpose of managing an undergraduate education programme should be on finding ways to make students learn and to keep on learning, so they develop themselves naturally to their fullest capacity and on becoming attractive to that particular industry that is looking for someone with the right qualifications and to help that organisation become competitive in the future. If the desired results are minimally gained due to obstacles within the working environment then the practice of managing higher education has to be relearned in Thailand. To present an argument for relearning the practice of managing an undergraduate programme, the authors reflected on the students feedback from their opinions on the facultys programme mission, objectives, strategy, administration, and curriculum, and their viewpoints of the techniques in teaching and learning, and suggestions for improvement. Relearning can be considered as a practical idea for the profession of managing an undergraduate programme.
Keywords: Administration, Change, Curriculum, Higher Education, Managerial Practice, Mission, Objectives, Relearning, Teaching
Human resource outsourcing and organisational learning: an industry-level investigation from Ghana
by Samuel Howard Quartey, Edwina Howard Quartey
Abstract: In order to understand the influence of human resource outsourcing on organisational learning, it is particularly important to incorporate two almost forgotten perspectives: human resource outsourcing as symptomatic of inter-organisational learning, and social capital as the basis for the connection between human resource outsourcing and organisational learning. This paper sought to assess the influence of human resource outsourcing on organisational learning. The reasons for human resource outsourcing were also determined. The findings from this paper confirmed the assumption about the link between human resource outsourcing and organisational learning, showing that indeed human resource outsourcing positively influences organisational learning. Thus, contrarily arguments were weakened. The findings presented in this paper have a wider use as this issue has received many doubts among practitioners, academics and industries. From our empirical findings, human resource outsourcing should be considered as a mode of organisational learning where knowledge is best exchanged.
Keywords: human resource outsourcing, organisational learning, social capital, managers, outsourcing organisations, external HR service providers, domestic airline industry, Ghana, Africa
Development and Evaluation of Game-Based Learning System for Supporting Entity Relationship Diagramming Skills
by Ayman Al-Dmour
Abstract: Games are a standard and popular part of everyday life. Education experts are trying to connect learning strategies with computer games that students are familiar with. Educational computer games studies that tap into students love of games, in particular, those they play on computers and online, can be very effective. This paper introduces a comprehensive work for designing developing and evaluation of an educational computer game that supports the learner in acquiring the skills necessary to construct Entity Relationship Diagram (ERD).This topic is essential in the teaching and learning of Database design course for information technology undergraduate students. This study also, take advantage of registering player behavior from a player's interaction history, while they are playing the game. Learner behavior is important to improve both the game-based and traditional in-class teaching in the future. Finally, to investigate the effect of the developed game-based learning system on students motivation and achievement, ARCS motivation model (Attention, Relevance, Confidence, and Satisfaction) and the pre\ post tests are employed. After implementation of these measures, results showed that game-based learning system outperformed traditional in-class learning system in terms of students' achievement and motivation.
Keywords: Entity Relationship Diagram, Game-based environment, ARCS Motivation model
Study on Brain Plasticity through the Learning Model for Improvement of Biology Learning Motivation
by Il-Sun Lee, Yong-Ju Kwon
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to confirm brain plasticity through a learning model for improving learning motive based on the brain reward system in biology education. The MOSt model is a learning model for improving learning motivation based on the brain reward system. Through the MOSt model, researchers confirmed whether learning motivation improved and brain plasticity occurred. 27 ninth grade students participated in this research. The MOSt model was applied to the experimental group and the 5E learning cycle model was applied to the control group. The degree of network connection in the brain reward system measured learning motivation before and after applying the learning model for learning biology. According to results of the study, the MOSt model improved learning motivation and increased the degree of brain reward system network connection in biology class. The learning model for improving learning motive based on the brain reward system brought about student brain plasticity.
Keywords: Learning motivation; biology learning; brain plasticity; learning model; MOSt model; brain based learning.
Computer-Based Systems for Automating Instructional Design of Collaborative Learning Scenarios: A Systematic Literature Review
by Geiser Challco, Seiji Isotani
Abstract: Background: In Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), the implementation of Instructional Design (ID) of Collaborative Learning (CL) scenarios is a complex task that requires practice and experience. To solve this problem, many computer-based systems have been proposed for automating the ID of these scenarios. Aims: This study identifies, classifies, and compares the current computer-based systems for automating ID of CL scenarios. To perform this classification and comparison, we also propose a framework based on the specialization of existing ID models for the case of CL scenarios. Method: The standard systematic literature review method was used with searches in 3 electronic scientific databases. Results: Of 39 selected studies, we identify 18 computer-based systems and 2 plugins, where the two most evaluated, adaptable and with high coverage of authoring activities that are automated are the systems WebCollage (including the plugins AP and MAPIS3) with GluePS, and CHOCOLATO
Keywords: Systematic Literature Review; Automating Instructional Design; Collaborative Learning Scenario; Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.
Text-based Sentiment Analysis: Review
by Lijo V. P., Hari Seetha
Abstract: The impact of the social networks based sentiment analysis and opinion mining has increased in recent times. Decision makers consider the opinions of the thought leaders and laymen, and plenty of opinions are available in social networks. When a user wants to get a service or buy a product he or she will check for the reviews and opinions provided by other people about various offerings. Opinion rich data sources are available in digital form; this attracts many researchers to focus research on sentiment analysis. The sentiments available in social networks and review pages are highly valuable for industries and individuals who want to closely monitor their reputation and live feedback about their services and products. This paper presents a review covering techniques, tools, data resources and applications in the area of text-based sentiment analysis.
Keywords: Sentiment Analysis; Feature selection; Text Mining; Semantic Orientation; Text Classification; Opinion Mining; Lexicon.
A Cooperative Assessment and Evaluation Scheme of ABET Student Outcomes in ECE Program at Sultan Qaboos University : A Case Study
by Faysal Mnif, N. Hosseinzadeh
Abstract: The development and implementation of a systematic process for the assessment and evaluation of Students Outcomes (SO) in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman is described in this case study. Unlike in other programs aiming for ABET accreditation, the process is based on a cooperative and acquiescent approach that involves most of the faculty members,i.e., all faculty members take part in the assessment of SOs pooled among selected program courses, while a majority of faculty members take part in the evaluation process. Toachieve this,SO focus groups of faculty members have been formed.Each focus group is chaired by a faculty member called as: Student Outcome Champion, who coordinated a SO focus group .An SO focus group is composed of three to four members whocarry out the evaluation of the SO. Moreover, for each course, course focus groups composed of three to four members were formed to take the responsibility of implementing the recommendations on the respective courses. The proposed strategy led to a systematic continuous improvement process of the ECE program at Sultan Qaboos University.
Keywords: ABET accreditation; Student Outcomes; Assessment and Evalaution; Quality Assurance.