Ramkissoon, Parmeswar, Belle, Louis Jinot, and Bhurosy, Trishnee
International Journal of Evaluation and Research in Education, v9 n4 p833-839 Dec 2020. 7 pp.
Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Learning, Internet, Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Social Media, College Students, Peer Relationship, Computer Mediated Communication, and Mauritius
With the advent of e-learning, advocates use the term interactivity instead of interaction among students, and between the teacher and the students. Many universities use Moodle for online teaching and learning. This paper explores the perceptions and experiences of students in three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Mauritius. A mixed-methods approach was used, with an online survey questionnaire administered to 600 students and focus group discussions were conducted with 15 students from these institutions. It was found that 68.4% of respondents used WhatsApp compared to only 23.6% of them who used the e-learning platform, Moodle. There were no associations between the use or frequency of using WhatsApp or Facebook and the types of HEI to which the students belonged. Students preferred WhatsApp due to its facility for knowledge sharing and construction, its interactivity, its usability, respect for privacy and instant communication. From the findings, it is recommended that HEIs bring a shift in their approaches to teaching and learning from cognitivism to socio-constructivism, connectivism and heutagogy.
In a cloud computing environment, traditional digital forensic processes (such as turning off the computer to image the computer hard drive) can be disruptive to businesses because the data of businesses may be co-mingled with other content. As technology changes, the way digital forensics acquisitions are conducted are also changing. The change in methodology affects the way this subject matter is taught in programs and institutions. Methods to teach digital forensic acquisition methods in a cloud computing environment are limited due to the complexity of the cloud environment. This paper explores how a panel of expert practitioners viewed evidence acquisitions within the cloud environment, the implications for digital forensic education, and suggestions on how the education field can prepare students for technological changes in digital forensic acquisition processes where cloud computing environments are concerned and also help develop new methodologies. The paper offers a classroom case scenario as an example on how new methodologies and tools can be used in the classroom.
Mentzer, Kevin, Frydenberg, Mark, and Yates, David J.
Information Systems Education Journal, v18 n6 p57-85 Dec 2020. 29 pp.
Active Learning, Student Projects, College Students, Computer Science Education, Internet, Computer Security, Contracts, Records (Forms), Feedback (Response), Peer Evaluation, Group Activities, Student Research, Research Papers (Students), Research Methodology, Instructional Effectiveness, Information Management, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
This paper presents student projects analyzing or using blockchain technologies, created by students enrolled in courses dedicated to teaching blockchain, at two different universities during the 2018- 2019 academic year. Students explored perceptions related to storing private healthcare information on a blockchain, managing the security of Internet of Things devices, maintaining public governmental records, and creating smart contracts. The course designs, which were centered around project-based learning, include self-regulated learning and peer feedback as ways to improve student learning. Students either wrote a research paper or worked in teams on a programming project to build and deploy a blockchain-based application using Solidity, a programming language for writing smart contracts on various blockchain platforms. For select student papers, this case study describes research methods and outcomes and how students worked together or made use of peer feedback to improve upon drafts of research questions and abstracts. For a development project in Solidity, this study presents the issues at hand along with interview results that guided the implementation. Teams shared lessons learned with other teams through a weekly status report to the whole class. While available support for the Solidity teams was not ideal, students learned to use available online resources for creating and testing smart contracts. Our findings suggest that a project-based learning approach is an effective way for students to expand and develop their knowledge of emerging technologies, like blockchain, and apply it in a variety of industries.
African Educational Research Journal, v8 spec iss 2 p142-148 Oct 2020. 7 pp.
Predictor Variables, College Students, Psychological Patterns, Internet, Handheld Devices, Addictive Behavior, Foreign Countries, and Turkey
This research aims to investigate the problematic levels of internet usage and smartphone addiction as predictors of university students' happiness levels. The research was carried out using the relational screening method, which is among the quantitative research methods. The research study group consisted of 340 university students, in which 229 were females (67.4%), and 111 were males (32.6%), studying at various departments of a state university, and voluntarily agreeing to partake in the research. In the research; "Oxford Happiness Scale -- Short Form", the "Problematic Internet Usage Scale", and "Smartphone Addiction Scale -- Short Form" were all adapted into Turkish and implemented. From the results of the research, there was a strong negative correlation between the levels of happiness of university students and problematic internet usage and smartphone addiction. Furthermore, it was found that university students' problematic internet use and smartphone addiction levels explained 14% of their level of happiness. The results of the study were discussed and recommendations presented in light of the literature.