Writings

Listed below are academic writings by Annette Devilee as part of the assessment for her Master of Learning Science and Technology (MLS&T) from 2006-2007 as described by the Postgraduate Handbook, The University of Sydney (Inaugural Year 2006).

The philosoper Karl Popper said "All life is problem solving". Scardamalia and Berieter’s Knowledge Building model (1996) sees the creation of knowledge to be generated by ideas but requiring a sustained and progressive problem solving process. My experience as a teacher tells me that students enjoy solving problems. Learning through problem solving is the ultimate way to apply our knowledge... View all

When designing instructions for a virtual learning environment, it is essential to pay special attention to the provision of feedback. On-line students can feel isolated, unsupported, frustrated and overwhelmed if they cannot get feedback or if the feedback is too slow. These learners are usually working independently so it is essential that there is some mechanism for making... View all

The wiki was first developed by Ward Cunningham in 1994. A wiki allows anyone with a web connection and a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, etc.) to modify the content of a page. This makes the wiki a simple, user friendly platform for collaborative writing. Wikipedia differs from commercial encyclopedias by the use of the Neutral Point of View (NPOV). This means every... View all

Social Computing is computer-mediated communication to facilitate human to human social interaction, coordination, collaboration and distribution of news. Social Computing includes synchronous tools such as Instant Messaging, Chat rooms, Video Conferencing, and Internet telephony (Voice over Internet Protocol, VoIP?). It includes asynchronous tools such as e-mail, Internet forums, Blogs and Wikis... View all

It is through this respect for each other's work that individuals start to really listen to each other and begin to develop conceptual alignment with each other. The group begins to share common mental models. Full agreement is not necessary to develop collective knowledge but respectful ways of relating to one another is essential. Attitudes to making mistakes need to be changed so that... View all

This literature review began as an investigation on mobile learning but really ended up reviewing a far wider range of issues such as the digital divide and barriers such as prevailing attitudes and fears. It has led me to consider mobile technologies not so much as something separate from e-learning but as a natural progression in our networking and communication capabilities, taking learning... View all

PBL is a pedagogical strategy that uses open ended / ill-structured problems that mirror real-world problems. The authenticity of the problems helps students to transfer their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom, preparing them for the workplace and life in a rapidly changing world. The open ended nature of problems gives students the flexibility to approach it from different angles, to... View all

Computers are very effective at calculating, storing, retrieving and memorizing information. When these tasks are off-loaded onto the computer the learner is freed up to focus on high level processing such as planning and decision-making. In this way, the Mindtool enhances the learning capabilities... View all

Research has repeatedly and consistently shown that teaching practices need to change if technology is to be integrated into the classroom in ways that enhance learning experiences. The classroom ethos and the pedagogical approach adopted by the teacher determine how successful the use of ICT is... This is a research proposal to conduct a professional development course for a small group of... View all

In this project there were two distinct phases: the first being where we worked on our own section and the second being when we, as a group, took ownership of the whole project; each person working on different aspects of the project. If I identify the space as the LrnLab environment and the place as where the individual customises this space then we can say that there was a shift from an "... View all

This course was designed to provide opportunities for students to exploit the interactive affordances offered by the Moodle platform. Students are encouraged to explore, participate or manipulate various tools to become actively involved in the construction of individual and collaborative artifacts. This includes self-assessment by means of quizzes and peer tutoring for remediation. Wikis are... View all

This short article looks at the main elements that make the Ecological Psychology position different from the Cognitive Theory. The concept of MIROS (Mental Internal Representations of Situations is introduced as is the idea of mediated perception and distributed cognition. These concepts are then applied to a website that has learning resources that enhance the learning experience… View all

This article suggests the use of Thin Client Technology for particular Public School with a shortage of computers. The article includes a problem statement, an introduction to Thin Client Technology, an implementation plan, anticipated barriers and how to overcome them and an evaluation plan... View all

The "cognitive revolution" introduced the idea of internal mental processes or states (such as beliefs, desires and motivations) that mediate between the stimulus and response. Cognitive Theory holds that our external environment is internalised as mental representations. These are not a replication of the external world but a representation; an Umwelt or our own internal version of the world. In... View all

This article explores the development from Generic content libraries, Learning management systems, Outsourced e-learning platforms and Learning content management systems. It looks at What is a Learning Management System, the different variations of this innovation, the benefits and who can benefit from a LP, What features do LMS usually include, examples of LMS and what they look like, 3G... View all

"The Semantic Web is a Web that includes documents, or portions of documents, describing explicit relationships between things and containing semantic information intended for automated processing by our machines." (Berners-Lee, Connolly & Swick, W3C 1999) This article explores the technologies required for the semantic web. It concludes by defining the three types of technology: XML to... View all

This is an exploration of Integrating Technology into the classroom in ways that enhance learning and give students the skills required by the Knowledge Age. By investigating the intellectual heritage of Socio-cultural Constructivist learning theories, I explore how Knowledge Building, as developed by Scardamalia and Bereiter, has emerged as an alternative paradigm for teaching and learning. The... View all