REVIEW ARTICLE | Oct. 3, 2020
Digital Mind Mapping Software: A New Horizon in the Modern Teaching-Learning Strategy
Dipak Bhattacharya, Ramakanta Mohalik
Page no 400-406
Digital mind mapping is a unique method which improves productivity by helping to build and analyze ideas, and facilitates information structuring and retrieval. Educators and learners can use different types of software to create digital mind map for teaching learning. The objectives of the paper are: to describe about different types of software used in creating digital mind maps; to highlight the process of digital mind map development through software and to provide an overview of benefits and usefulness of digital mind mapping software. It’s a review-based study. Articles published in various leading journals, conference proceedings, online materials have been referred in the present article. The first part of the paper describes concept of digital mind mapping software. Second part of the paper provides a brief description about different software used in creating digital mind maps. The third part of the article explains about the process of digital mind map creation through software. The last part of the paper elaborates benefits and usefulness of digital mind mapping software. It reveals that digital mind mapping software can be used by institutions/teachers/students for teaching and learning as it simplifies the information easily for better understanding. The article points out that digital mind mapping software gives learners the ability to engage directly in the learning process by developing digital mind maps. The paper also indicates that digital mind mapping software can be used as brainstorming tool to construct visual diagrams of ideas. The paper would be great use for educators as well as students for teaching, learning and assessment at different levels of education.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | Oct. 7, 2020
Raising Awareness about the Preservation and Promotion of the Traditional Cultural Values of Hoi an in the Renovation Process of Vietnam
Le Thi Hong Van
Page no 407-413
With the efforts of authorities at all levels, functional branches, and the support and consensus of the people, especially the support and assistance of international organizations, foreign experts, management heritage management, conservation, and promotion in Hoi An (Quang Nam province) is reaping many important successes. However, for many years, the awareness of preserving and promoting the heritage values of Hoi An has not been enhanced, especially for other tourists. This study analyzes the situation awareness to preserve the cultural values of Hoi An, but work to raise more awareness of the heritage, the values that the heritage brings to the lives of Hoi An people and people nationwide. Since then, proposing solutions to further raise awareness about preserving the traditional cultural values of Hoi An in particular and the traditional heritage of the Vietnamese people in general.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | Oct. 10, 2020
The Relationship between ICT Adoption and Student Enrolment in TVET Institutions in Bungoma County, Kenya
Jayne Nasimiyu Wasike, Dr. Juma Ingendi, Prof Julius Maiyo
Page no 414-423
The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship of ICT Adoption and student enrolment in TVET institutions in Bungoma County, Kenya. Proportionate stratified sampling, census and simple random sampling were used to select a sample size of 426 respondents. Data was collected using questionnaires and document analysis. The items from the main questionnaire were organised according to the specific research objectives. The data was analyzed using Chi- square test of Homogeneity, Pearson Correlation and Linear regression. The study established that ICT adoption in form of availability and use of ICT resources had a statistically significant relationship with student enrolment and recommended that functional ICT facilities be available at all TVET institutions and be should utilized for learning and administration in the institutions.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | Oct. 29, 2020
Parents’ Views of their Children’s online Learning in The UAE Context during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Chaya Heba, Salem Sultan
Page no 424-434
The purpose of this study was to investigate parents’ views regarding online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UAE context. A concurrent mixed method design was utilized to collect both quantitative and qualitative data from a sample of 122 parents who live in the UAE. Primary data was collected with a questionnaire which was developed by the researcher based on a literature review. Results indicated consistency between the quantitative and qualitative findings. Parents’ satisfaction of online learning in the UAE context was equally divided between being satisfied, not satisfied, and neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. Parents’ suggestions to improve online learning were revealed. The need for more interactive live sessions between teachers and students and more communication between the schools and parents were the parents’ most repeated suggestions for better online learning quality and experience. The findings of this study can be used by educational policymakers and stakeholders to enhance the online learning experience in the UAE context.
ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE | Oct. 30, 2020
Serial Distortion Patterns of the Vertebral Column Due to Schoolbag Carriage: A Case Report
Paul Y, Moraba LM, Kurten M, Barnard M, Ellapen TJ
Page no 435-437
The habitual carriage of heavy school backpacks by scholars has been associated with a clumsy forward leaning compensatory posture that has become a concern to both parents and medical practitioners. This report documents the change in sagittal plane posture by quantifying the variation in craniovertebral (CVA) and standing pelvic angles (SPA), as well as vertex and acrominale heights during the loaded (carrying of the school backpack) versus the unloaded (not carrying the school backpack) phases. The school backpack weighed 6.8kg (20.0% of the scholar’s body mass). The scholar carried the straps of the backpack on both shoulders respectively. There was a significant difference in vertex and acrominale heights during loaded versus unloaded phases (p=0.02). A positive association was found between the anterior pelvic tilt and diminished vertex height (r=0.99) indicating that heavy backpack carriage diminishes the child’s vertex height by anteriorly rotating the pelvis. Furthermore, there was a positive association with the change in CVA and SPA (r=0.89) suggesting that carrying heavy backpacks produces a complimentary diminished CVA with an increased SPA in order to accommodate the increased load on the vertebral column.