International Journal of Innovation in Education (9 papers in press)
Mining MySQL Error Logs to Map Student Learning
by Challiz Omorog
Abstract: Information Management is a crucial course in undergraduate programs related to information technology education (ITE) that focuses on database design and management. However, reports reveal that there is a significant skills shortage in ITE graduates along database analysis and design, which is an important skill for companies that are database-dependent in a sense. Also, evidence suggests that academia is not being responsive to cope with the deficiencies in the database design and analysis skills of its graduates. Given the challenge, this research intends to corroborate the students manner of learning the SQL language with the knowledge units (KU) that students find difficult in the Information Management course to recommend interventions to overcome the skill deficiency. The study used mixed methods to develop a comprehensive conclusion from a qualitative and quantitative form of data. In this study, the collection of data was administered through an application program that collects MySQL logs to generate analysis using Na
Keywords: Information Management; Database Management System; MySQL; data analysis.
Examining the relationships of factors influencing student mathematics achievement
by Masood Badri, Ali Al Nuaimi, Guang Yang, Asma Al Rashedi
Abstract: The objective of the study was to investigate and better understand the interlinked and causal relationships that might exist between various factors related to eighth-grade students and their achievement in math. Both the International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) math score and the student questionnaire items were used in this study. The sample comprised 18,012 students from the United Arab Emirates who participated in TIMSS 2015. The composite scores of several constructs were hypothesized to have structural relations with each other. Path analysis produced a good model with evidence of existence of reciprocal (non-recursive) effects. Reciprocal effects were noted between math scores and school-related matters, perception of math impact on life/jobs and school-related matters, and perception of math impact on life/jobs and teacher-related matters. The maximum total effects were witnessed with regard to learning of the math construct and the perception of the impact of math on life/jobs. The highest total effect on math scores were from students attitude toward math.
Keywords: student achievement; math; path analysis; TIMSS; UAE.
Connections between participation in mini-companies and intrinsic motivation and effort at upper secondary school
by Vegard Johansen
Abstract: The EU focus on entrepreneurship education has partially been justified on the basis that it contributes to a more varied education and increases pupils educational motivation. This article examines connections between participation in the Company Programme (CP) and pupils intrinsic motivation and effort at upper secondary school. The study found that most pupils enjoyed CP as a form of work, but some pupils had a less good experience of participating in CP. Comparing intrinsic motivation and effort for pupils with no, low and high CP participation, it was found that those with low activity (less than hundred hours) experienced reduced intrinsic motivation and effort in school work. About 5000 pupils (aged 16-19) at twenty-five schools in five countries took part in a pre- and post-test study.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship education; mini-companies; Company Programme; secondary school; intrinsic motivation; school effort; pupil survey; Belgium; Estonia; Finland; Italy; Latvia.
A Design Rationale to Support Data Use in Successful Teacher Practice: Some Considerations for Educational Technology Design
by Peter Wardrip, Phillip Herman
Abstract: Despite the growing ubiquity of educational technologies in K-12 classrooms, many scholars have pointed out that impact of these technologies for all students has been uneven (Gomez, Gomez & Gifford, 2011). Some attribute this to a lack of cumulativity in educational research, in general. In this paper, we present design rationale as a mechanism to support designers building upon others designs and assumptions of designs. Reporting on design-based research study to support teachers data-informed instruction, we highlight our own process connecting our decisions and outcomes to both the conditions on the ground as well as the current research literature.
Keywords: data-informed instruction; practice-based design; educational technology; rnschool data systems; design-based research.
Developing Happiness Quotient among Students to Support Their Cognitive Learning & Academic Performance
by Sadia Riaz, Arif Mushtaq, Maninder Jeet Kaur
Abstract: Happiness quotient is a sum total of all factors that contribute towards an overall positive academic outlook. This study has been done to investigate the relationship between happiness and academic performance of the students. In this research, literature is probed to see how happiness is associated with various academic and non-academic aspects of learners. While a plethora of research provides evidence that happiness correlates positively with many outcome assessment components; no study significantly addressed measuring of happiness quotient in general. The study uses a primary research design to collect data on a sample of foundation students to determine what makes them happy in a learning environment. Data reduction technique, Factor analysis is used with appropriate rotation methods to confirm the emergence of reliable groups. Parallel analysis is conducted for randomization of data to meet parametric assumptions and Cronbach alpha is estimated to ascertain the reliability of the findings.
Keywords: happiness quotient; learning environment; factor analysis; scale development.
Students Team Creativity and Innovation Propensity at Higher Education: evidence from Ethiopia
by Wondifraw Mihret Dessie, Abathun Alehegn Sewagegn, Negalegn Alem Bekele
Abstract: Innovation is an integral attribute which should be principally harnessed in education programs as a prime indicator of policy outcomes. Directives stipulated at higher education are meant to produce competent graduates equipped with creative, collaborative and innovative employability skills. This paper mainly investigates the effect of team creativity practices on the innovation propensity of engineering graduating students of Debre Markos University in Ethiopia. A self-responsive students' and instructors' questionnaire, structured interview and Consensual Assessment project evaluation checklist were employed to collect data analyzed through multiple descriptive, correlation and linear regression techniques. The results revealed that the students team practices are better in creative thinking, team collaboration and communication attributes. They were, however, ineffective in making collective decisions. Most students' innovation propensity was insignificantly different from the average magnitude calculated. It was hence drawn that the innovative behavioral attributes, creative thinking and team collaboration and communication practices significantly affect the innovation propensity of graduating students. The practice of making collective decisions insignificantly affects their innovation orientations. It was thus suggestive to curiously design support schemes and follow-up students interdependent and independent performances. Organizational efforts should be exerted to update curricula issues and accessing resources which foster inventiveness.
Keywords: creativity; innovation; graduation projects; propensity.
Improving Student-Driven Feedback and Engagement in the Classroom: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Speed Dating Model
by Sara Moussawi, Jeria Quesenberry, Randy Weinberg, Megan Sanders, Marsha Lovett, Larry Heimann, Raja Sooriamurthi, Donald P. Taylor
Abstract: Information Systems (IS) pedagogy research supports the use of collaborative learning strategies that are based on the belief that learning increases when students work together to solve problems and develop cooperative learning skills. In this paper, we present an empirical comparison of two classroom design approaches a speed dating method and a traditional presentation format. We collected and analyzed data from 174 student questionnaire-based surveys and in-class researcher observations of student engagement in an undergraduate senior capstone course entitled, Innovation in Information Systems. Our results show increases in student engagement (reported and observed) and improvements in student-driven feedback (given and received) during the speed dating sessions as compared to the presentation sessions. We believe these findings demonstrate that the speed dating method is an effective alternative to a presentation format and is a useful complement to other collaborative learning methodologies.
Keywords: Information systems education; collaborative learning strategies; speed dating method; presentation format; active learning; student-driven feedback; student-driven engagement.
Teachers Perspective on Motives to Get Higher Education Degree: Case of an Emerging Economy
by Nisar Ahmed Channa, Khalil Ahmed Channa, Musaira Bhutto
Abstract: In recent times, due to globalization and technological advancements, a dramatical increase in number of university enrolments have been seen. This dramatical increase in university enrolments seeded discussion regarding academic performance of students and factors affecting it become subject of interest for researchers around the globe. Developing around this discussion, this study aims to find teachers perspective about students motive to get a higher education degree and factors enhancing or impeding their academic performance. To this end, qualitative data were collected from faculty members of a public sector university by employing semi-structured interviewing technique. Collected data were analyzed by using framework analysis technique. The findings revealed that career prospects are the main reasons behind enrolling in higher education degrees. Similarly, motivation, aims and learning approach they adopt to study affects their performance.
Keywords: Performance; students; motivation; improvement; higher education; research scholars.
Use and Satisfaction with Integrated Learning Management Systems: The case of the Greek Open eClass
by Alexandra Pliakoyra, Grigorios Beligiannis, Achilleas Kontogeorgos
Abstract: The purpose of the study is to investigate the usability and performance of a Greek University Learning Management System (Open eClass). An online evaluation questionnaire was created for the survey. The questionnaire was completed by 280 students from 4 colleges at the university. The analysis revealed that the renewal of the Open eClass platform by the teaching staff is a criterion for the accuracy of its content. The majority of participants proposed the addition of information related to the structure and content of the curricula, as they consider that the existing information is not sufficient. This study provides useful information to Open eClass content managers and members of the teaching staff to improve the content of their lessons and thus contribute to the improvement of the learning process both of this university and other universities that may use these conclusions to improve the Open eClass platform or any other integrated learning management system.
Keywords: Learning Management Systems (LMS); Greek higher education; e-learning; asynchronous; blended learning; Open eClass.