Volume 5, Number 3, December 2007


Computing and Information Sciences is a peer reviewed journal that is committed to timely publication of original research, surveying and tutorial contributions on the analysis and development of computing and information science. The journal is designed mainly to serve researchers and developers, dealing with information and computing. Papers that can provide both theoretical analysis, along with carefully designed computational experiments, are particularly welcome. The journal is published 2-3 times per year with distribution to librarians, universities, research centers, researchers in computing, mathematics, and information science. The journal maintains strict refereeing procedures through its editorial policies in order to publish papers of only the highest quality. The refereeing is done by anonymous Reviewers. Often, reviews take four months to six months to obtain, occasionally longer, and it takes an additional several months for the publication process.

Paper 1: Evaluating Quality and Student Acceptance of Web-Based Courses at a Jordanian ...

Evaluating Quality and Student Acceptance of Web-Based Courses at a Jordanian University: A Case Study

Samir A. El-Seoud, Arafat Awajan, and B. Al-Khasawneh

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a survey conducted to evaluate the need for web- based courses and measure user acceptance.  This work discusses how Web-based tools can significantly promote active learning, provide interactive assessment, and close the feedback loop in course assessment. Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) is currently employing the open source Moodle platform to help deliver educational content. A survey evaluating the outcomes of the e-learning system was conducted among more than 160 students. Results show that the use of web-based instruction in the IT undergraduate distance learning program can significantly contribute to achieving instructional goals. This study also shows how our web-based environment can enhance student-centered approaches. Results show  that  the  web-based  course  is  very  promising  not  only  for  IT education   programs,   but   also   for   other   disciplines   such   as  humanities   and Engineering.



Paper 2: Integrating OER and Instructional Design - Towards a More Holistic View

Integrating OER and Instructional Design - Towards a More Holistic View

Markus Deimann and Theo Bastiaens

Abstract: Instructional Design (ID) has been introduced as a fundamental approach to design learning environments with a strong focus on media usage. In this regard, recent transformations in the realm of ICT have gained an increasing influence on learning and teaching practices, thus challenging conventional methods. Advocators of sophisticated web-based tools such as Weblogs, Wikis, or e-portfolios which are at the heart of the “Open Educational Resources (OER”) movement proclaim a new dimension of learning which is solely dependent on the individual thus repelling ID. Despite such movements, this paper argues for a sustained integration of OER and ID since appropriate application of new learning tools demands certain conditions both on the side of the learner (e.g. competences) and on the side of the situation (i.e. design). A set of ID-OER rules will be introduced that are targeted on overcoming current limitation of OER.



Paper 3: Flexible Teaching with Structured Micro-Content: Sustainable Multiple Usage ...

Flexible Teaching with Structured Micro-Content: Sustainable Multiple Usage with Recombinable Character

Walther Nagler, Martin Ebner and Nicolai Scerbakov

Abstract: This paper reflects the possibilities of reasonable structured content production and management as it is exercised by the Work Group Social Learning (WG Social Learning) at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). By splitting content into standardised pieces adjusted to lecture-units they turn highly qualified for multiple usages and commutability purpose. Three different examples of such micro-content and a way of implementing it into online and offline learning scenarios fitting the requirements of eLearning2.0 are presented.




Prof. Jihad Mohamad Alja'am 
Email: journal.editor.ijcis@gmail.com

The Journal Secretary
Eng. Dana Bandok
Ontario, Canada 
Email: sec.ijcis@gmail.com 


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