Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society 2023-09-20T16:42:59+00:00 Luciano CECCONI (Managing Editor) Open Journal Systems <h1 class="page-header" style="font-family: Raleway; margin-top: -50px;">Bibliometrics</h1> <p style="font-size: 18px; margin-top: -20px;"><strong>Italian ANVUR Ranking<br></strong>A-Class for Sector 10, 11-D1 and 11-D2</p> <p style="font-size: 18px; margin-bottom: -0px;"><strong>Publish-or-Perish (reference date: December 31th, 2022)<br></strong>- <strong>Scopus</strong> H-Index: <strong>21<br></strong>- <strong>Google Scholar</strong> H-Index: <strong>37<br><br></strong><strong>Scopus (from 2009; reference year: 2022; reference date: May 5th, 2023)<br></strong>- Citescore (2022): <strong>2.2</strong><br>- CiteScore <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Rankings (2022)&nbsp;</span><br>&nbsp; -&gt; <strong>Education:</strong> <strong>Q2</strong>, <strong>55th percentile</strong> (#655 out of 1469);<br>&nbsp; -&gt; <strong>Computer Science Applications:</strong> <strong>Q3, 37th percentile</strong> (#499 out of 792);</p> <p style="font-size: 18px; margin-bottom: -45px;"><strong>Clarivate Web of Science (from 2015; reference date: December 31th, 2022)<br></strong>- Journal Citation Indicator: 0.49<strong><br></strong>- Category Rank: Q3, #465 out of 733 (Education and Educational Research)</p> <p style="font-size: 18px; margin-bottom: -45px;">&nbsp;</p> Conceptualizing the future of e-Learning: examining students’ readiness, satisfaction, and intention to continue employing remote learning in higher education landscape 2023-08-31T21:36:44+00:00 Nahla Moussa <p>Online learning is a flexible education environment in which instructions and learning activities are delivered through the internet. This quantitative research study seeks to explore students’ readiness to continue employing e-Learning whilst also measuring students’ satisfaction with the e-Learning platform/system among higher education students in a Middle Eastern country, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Furthermore, the paper discovers the factors that predict students’ intention to continue utilizing e-Learning in the future. Liaw’s model (2008) was employed to report students’ readiness, satisfaction with e-Learning system quality, multimedia integrated into instructions, interactive learning activities, and students’ intention to continue using online learning. A sample consisting of 476 higher education students from multiple backgrounds and different majors volunteered to take part in the study. Descriptive analysis and Multivariate analysis techniques including Correlation Coefficient, and Stepwise Linear Regression were chosen to achieve the study objectives. Data analysis demonstrated that higher education students showed a high readiness level (82%) towards e-Learning and were found with a medium satisfaction level (77%) with the e-Learning system that they are using. Moreover, students’ satisfaction with e-Learning, the e-Learning system quality, and students’ perceived usefulness were found to be significant contributors to students’ behavioral intention to keep on utilizing the e-Learning platform potentially. The findings recommend examining students’ readiness for e-Learning at the beginning of each semester before starting teaching to set up academic plans that promote the effectiveness of e-Learning.</p> 2023-08-28T17:21:48+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L) A survey research for e-learning readiness of faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic: Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge Solution for e-Learning improvement from the viewpoint of faculty members 2023-08-31T21:36:44+00:00 Mahshid Naghashpour Ahlam Almanie Shima Seneysel Bachari <p>This study aimed to evaluate the e-readiness of faculty members during the pandemic COVID-19. It also identified the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge solutions influencing the success of e-learning in medical education from the viewpoint of faculty members. Hundred faculty members working at Abadan University of Medical Sciences, Abadan, Iran participated in a mixed-method study including quantitative and qualitative phases. In the quantitative arm, the Likert-based Archambault &amp; Crippen questionnaire was applied to measure the e-readiness of faculty members. In the qualitative arm, participants answered the 4 online open-ended questions consisting of three domains (pedagogical, technical, and content), and several themes were constructed from the gathered qualitative data. In quantitative analysis the Friedman test revealed that the knowledge of faculty members in the field of content knowledge was the most and in the field of technological knowledge was the least (p≤0.001(. Besides, in the subjective interpretation of qualitative data, leadership and educational management were the most frequent themes. Moreover, regarding the pedagogical solutions, the focus principally was on the teaching-learning domain followed by revising curriculum planning. In addition, considering the content solution, the concentration predominantly was on the domain of the development of educational resources. From the viewpoint of faculty members, the challenge of the shift to e-learning and pedagogical, technological, and content solutions for e-readiness of faculty members can be resolved through planning and performing professional development programs and this cannot be achieved without effective leadership.</p> 2023-08-28T17:49:32+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L) Teaching and Learning Centers and Coordinated Technologies for an Effective Transition at COVID-19 Pandemic Time to Massive Distance Learning and Online Exams 2023-09-05T15:45:49+00:00 Marco Bernardo Edoardo Bontà <p>In higher education two key factors for achieving resilience during an emergency are the presence of a teaching and learning center, in charge of supervising all the switchover activities and providing daily assistance to lecturers and students, and the adoption of a variety of technological tools, each with a specific purpose but used in a coordinated way. In this paper we illustrate the rapid transition in the second half of the academic year 2019/2020 to massive distance learning and online exams guided by the teaching and learning center of the University of Urbino. The toolset featured the learning management system Moodle and the webconference tool Blackboard Collaborate, both employed for online lectures and oral exams, together with the e-proctoring tool Smowl for computer monitoring and the webconference tool Google Meet used on students smartphones for environmental monitoring, additionally employed for online written exams. We finally present the outcome of a survey of students opinions on massive distance learning.</p> 2023-08-30T08:57:07+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L) Problematic Smartphone Use and University Students’ Academic Performance 2023-08-31T21:36:43+00:00 Daniele Agostini Corrado Petrucco <p>One of the most pressing emergent educational issues addressed by the international research literature concerns the effects that excessive or problematic smartphone use can have on students’ academic performance. An exploratory study was thus carried out with 46 students enrolled in a five-year degree program at the University of Padova (Italy) who were asked to provide their perceptions of their level of smartphone dependence and academic performance. Findings seem to indicate a significant correlation between high levels of smartphone addiction, difficulty concentrating while studying, and a frequent tendency to procrastinate on completing assigned tasks. Responses regarding smartphone distraction during in-person classes were particularly interesting: over 75% of respondents reported using their smartphones frequently in class. In order of importance, their reasons for doing so were to view and answer social media messages (61%), “boredom” due to the teaching strategies employed by some teachers in presenting lessons (41%), and the need to take a break from concentrating in class (35%). Lastly, smartphone use and its effects on academic performance involve three principal components: usage time, distraction in class, and frequency of smartphone checks. Smartphone usage time seems to have a direct negative effect on exam grades. Distraction in class is most significant for respondents who use their smartphones for messaging, while the frequency with which respondents check their smartphones is inversely proportional to their age...</p> 2023-08-31T15:04:01+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L) Distance Learning according to Special Education Teachers: pedagogical considerations and educational instructions 2023-09-19T21:40:57+00:00 Sara Rizzo Salvatore Patera Sebastiano Scirè Ezio Del Gottardo <p class="JELKS-Abstracttext"><span lang="EN-US">The consequences of the pandemic on the school system are currently being debated in the main international organizations, in the scientific and educational communities. Over the last year, several researches in the educational field have had the purpose, on the one hand, of analyzing the educational implications connected to the introduction of Distance Learning (DaD) then Integrated Distance Learning (DiD), on the other hand, to reflect on aspects related to initial and in service teacher training. The aim is to provide some suggestions for facing the educational challenges of the current situation. In this broad debate, a further focus of analysis concerns the impacts of DAD on the most fragile subjects of the school system such as students with disabilities. For this reason, the research aims to explore some aspects inherent to the teaching experiences carried out by a sample of support teachers of different school grades in the last two years. The research analyzed the strategies used in the perspective of inclusive teaching as well as the results achieved and the personal and contextual resources activated by teachers to face this educational challenge. In line with the results of the main international and national researches, the results here presented give back some pedagogical reflections and some indications for teaching. These considerations can be a further element to hoard the lessons learned from the current educational challenge also in relation to the initial and in-service training of teachers.</span></p> 2023-09-19T16:16:50+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L) Mapping Open Education: an analysis of the Open Educational Resources landscape in Brazil and South Africa 2023-09-20T16:42:59+00:00 Jako Olivier Tel Amiel Robson da Cruz de Mesquita Fatima Bdair <p>Initiatives such as the Open Educational Resources (OER) World Map provide a systematic means towards recording activities, documents and individuals related to open education (OE). In this article – which is part of a larger effort to evaluate and extend this World Map – the entries on Brazil and South Africa were critically evaluated in terms of the existing scholarship on open education from these two countries. Clear trends were evident from the World Map and the usefulness of both the methodology and platform to inform gaps and challenges within and across countries in terms of open education, providing inputs that can aid in the design of strategies and international cooperation.</p> 2023-09-19T16:42:53+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Italian e-Learning Association (SIe-L)