Jun 252019

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Super Mario Seriality: Nintendo’s Narratives and Audience Targeting within the Video Game Console Industry

“At the conclusion of Super Mario Bros. (1986), the archetypal side-scrolling platform game, the player-character Mario confronts his arch-nemesis Bowser for the first time. The demonic monster Bowser — King of the Koopa — awaits Mario upon a drawbridge spanning a lava sea. The player’s game-long narrative goal is Mario’s freeing of Princess Peach by defeating Bowser, her captor;1 the player must guide Mario beneath the Koopa King, who hops up and down hurling axes, having him then leap upon a larger glowing axe hovering at the opposite end of the drawbridge. Successful completion of this task results in the disintegration of the drawbridge and Bowser’s descent into the lava below upon which Mario enters an adjacent room where Peach awaits. Screen text conveys her highness’ gratitude — ‘Thank you Mario!’, confirming that the hero’s ‘quest is over’.”

Jun 022019

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Developing the STEM Experience for In-Service Primary Teachers through Micro-controlling Hardware and Coding

“This paper presents the design and implementation of a technological literacy course in professional development training for a diverse group of in-service primary teachers in Hong Kong. A set of micro-controlling hardware was chosen such that not only the controlling and coding barriers are acceptable to the teachers but that their pupils can also adopt the easy-to-use hardware and software to create STEM projects in primary schools. The hands-on training seeks to broaden their technological experiences in various interfacing and sensing activities. The coding challenge is reduced by introducing visual programming, thereby allowing the learners to focus on real- world problems in the STEM disciplines. Details of the course are provided and the assessment projects by Engineering Design Process are illustrated in this paper. The quantitative evaluation of teachers in their micro-controlling experience is provided.”

Teachers’ Expectations and Experience in Physical Computing

In recent years, physical computing has grown in popularity for school education. Children and teenagers learn basic concepts of embedded systems in a creative and motivating manner. We investigate teachers’ expectations towards and first experiences with physical computing to gain a better understanding of their needs in professional development. We developed, conducted and evaluated a qualitative interview study, identified typical benefits (e.g. motivation, direct feedback and tangibility), topics (e.g. algorithms and data structures) and challenges (e.g. acquisition of suitable hardware and necessary preparations) that teachers associate with physical computing and derive recommendations for professional development and supporting measures.

Robotics in Education (livro/book)

This proceedings volume showcases the latest achievements in research and development in Educational Robotics presented at the 7th International Conference on Robotics in Education (RiE) held in Vienna, Austria, during April 14-15, 2016. The book offers a range of methodologies for teaching robotics and presents various educational robotics curricula. It includes dedicated chapters for the design and analysis of learning environments as well as evaluation means for measuring the impact of robotics on the students’ learning success. Moreover, the book presents interesting programming approaches as well as new applications, the latest tools, systems and components for using robotics. The presented applications cover the whole educative range, from elementary school to high school, college, university and beyond, for continuing education and possibly outreach and workforce development. The book provides a framework involving two complementary kinds of contributions: on the one hand on technical aspects and on the other hand on matters of didactic.

Nov 152015

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David Avison and Julien Malaurent (September 2015)
Qualitative Research in three IS journals: Unequal emphasis but common rigour, depth and richness

Guido Schryen (August 2015)
Writing Qualitative IS Literature Reviews—Guidelines for Synthesis, Interpretation, and Guidance of Research

Constantin Houy, Peter Fettke, and Peter Loos (August 2015)
Stylized Facts as an Instrument for Literature Review and Cumulative Information Systems Research

Mary Tate, Elfi Furtmueller, Joerg Evermann, and Wasana Bandara (August 2015)
Introduction to the Special Issue: The Literature Review in Information Systems

Apr 112013

(2013) Intention to Use a Free Voluntary Service: The Effects of Social Influence, Knowledge and Perceptions


Purpose – This empirical study aims to understand interrelationship among the key technology adoption factors including social influence, individual existing knowledge, and individual perceptions of technology (i.e., usefulness, ease of use, and enjoyment) and their effects on individual intention to use a free voluntary service.

Design/methodology/approach – The survey method is employed to collect data from universities offering the free mobile messaging service. A structural equation modeling analysis technique is used to analyze data reliability and validity in the measurement model and examine causal relationships among the constructs in the structural model.

Findings – The results show that social influence affects individual knowledge and perceptions of the service (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and perceived enjoyment) and successively influences the individual intention to use the free voluntary service. This study indicates that the intrinsic value of perceived enjoyment has a greater impact than the extrinsic value of perceived usefulness in terms of its effect on individual intention to use a free voluntary service. In addition, the effect of perceived usefulness of alternative systems should be taken into account when using perceived usefulness from the technology acceptance model to predict individual’s technology adoption decisions under the free voluntary setting.

Originality/value – This study fills the gap in the technology adoption literatures regarding the free voluntary service adoption based on social influence, individual knowledge, and individual perceptions of technology. It assists academics to understand the drivers of technology acceptance under the free voluntary setting and provides guidance for organizations to increase users’ acceptability of their free voluntary services.

link: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1328-7265&volume=15&issue=2&articleid=17085600&show=html&PHPSESSID=e1l1254m86g43al4aj5fkhuk66