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    Book Review: Identity, Pedagogy and Technology-enhanced Learning: Supporting the Processes of Becoming a Tradesperson
    ( 2023-03-20) Neal, Terry ; Panda, Santosh
    Identity, pedagogy and technology-enhanced learning supporting the processes of becoming a tradesperson is a good place to start if you want to understand the practice of vocational education and training (VET). Each chapter includes a summary of relevant research, references an extensive bibliography, and introduces various frameworks to make sense of, and support the application of, the concepts discussed. It covers modern use of technology in trades teaching and VET research and the author illustrates points with evidence from her own experience.
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    Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Female Pioneers in Online Learning
    ( 2023-03-20) Nyangara, Karen ; Panda, Santosh
    The encyclopedia of female pioneers in online learning is a fascinating compilation about the work of thirty leading educational experts who have lived and worked in eighteen countries across the globe. Their knowledge and contribution to the field has shaped and improved how people learn online. The women in this book were some of the first to introduce new ideas, concepts and applications in distance education and online learning, and they continue to contribute to Distance Education, e-learning and Open and Distance Learning. As strong proponents for phenomenology, the authors, Bainbridge and Wark, have given these women a platform to share their subjective interpretation of experiences as pioneers in online learning.
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    ICT and Internet Usage among Kosovar Students: the Impact of Trends on Achievement in the PISA Scales
    ( 2023-03-20) Shala, Arif ; Grajcevci, Albulene ; Panda, Santosh
    The current analysis aims to research the impact of ICT usage on students’ achievement in the 2018 PISA assessment. The Program for International student assessment, measures the achievement of 15-year-olds in mathematics, science and reading literacy across a large number of world economies. Kosovo has participated in the PISA assessment in 2015 for the first time and for the second time in 2018. The current study will look at the achievement of over 4000 Kosovar students in reading literacy, mathematics and science and analyze trends of ICT usage among students. More specifically the analysis focused on understanding trends of ICT and internet usage of Kosovar students, such as using computers for chatting, research information, reading literacy news, learning something new, and reading emails among others. Furthermore, the study explores gender differences in usage trends, to explore if gender plays a role in such trends. Finally, the study researches the impact on performance of gender, internet access and access to computers to complete homework. The result of the current analysis provides that access to internet and having access to computers at home links to higher achievement in all PISA scales. An additional finding of this study is that Kosovar students tend to use technology and internet mainly to chat with friends, and significantly less for reading emails, learning for something new or for doing homework. Female students reported lower internet presence compared to male students, but in the meantime were the ones who outperformed in the reading literacy and science scales, suggesting that higher online presence mainly for chatting hinders learning and achievement.
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    Technology as a Key Driver in Enhancing Scientific Education during the Covid-19 Era at the University of Namibia
    ( 2023-03-20) Josua, Lukas Matati ; Kanyemba, Saara ; Panda, Santosh
    Student profiling on the use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment has a potential to enable educators to enhance their transformational teaching strategies. Therefore, this study explored the views of students on use of technology to facilitate online learning during Covid-19. The study employed a quantitative approach to collect data using a Google Form questionnaire. Nineteen conveniently sampled respondents (38%) were drawn from a population of 50 students registered for first year BSc Microbiology and BSc Environmental Biology in 2021. The collected data was analyzed through descriptive statistics using Microsoft Excel 2010. The findings revealed that during online learning students experienced challenges related to subject knowledge acquisition (63%). Hence; majority (84%) of the students preferred face-to-face or blended teaching learning and assessment to ensure pedagogic access. It is concluded that students’ exposure to online learning helped improve skills such as typing (79%), internet information searching (95%) and general computer skills (89%). Thus, it is recommended that academics and student should be capacitated with training, and higher education curricula should encourage the use of digital technology, which prepares students to be relevant in the digital society.
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    Students’ Perception of Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Vietnam: Empirical Evidence and Implications for Face-to-Face and Alternative Modes of Learning
    ( 2023-03-20) Ta, Hien Thi Thu ; Le, Hung Thai ; Nguyen, Cuong Huu ; Nguyen, Thanh Quy ; Pham, Nhung Thi Tuyet ; Pham, Huong Thi ; Trinh, Nhung Thi ; Panda, Santosh
    Students are considered the most essential internal stakeholders in the higher education sector. They play a significant role in quality assurance processes. This study aims to investigate students’ engagement with and perceptions of Vietnamese higher education quality assurance. The study conducted an online survey questionnaire for undergraduate students in five major cities across Vietnam. The researchers utilised convenience sampling method to draw a representative sample from the target population. The 1,323 valid responses were collected and analysed using IBM’s SPSS Statistical Tool. The results show that most of the Vietnamese students were aware of quality policy and quality assurance models implemented at their institutions. The purposes of quality assurance and the focus level of quality assurance were also reported on by the majority of respondents. However, the positive change as to the results of quality assurance implementation was not clearly observed by the students. The paper concludes that Vietnamese students were involved in several major quality assurance processes, and they were aware of only important quality assurance tools implemented at their university.