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This page includes information about articles that are considered to be most influential in the field of educational technology and/or related fields. The purpose of the page is to help researchers and doctoral students working in the field to identify most important literature.

Systematic review articles

Usually systematic review articles are good research resources for doctoral students. The review articles provide synhesized knowledge about specific research area or topic, and they can be used to learn about the recent research trends in the field. Literature review articles can also be used as an example of how to do a systematic literature review and report the results of the literature review study. Often systematic literature analysis is done to analyse the scientific literature related to a specific topic, but the approach can also be used, for example, to learn about systems and tools developed within a specific area. The following page includes examples of review articles related to educational technology and ICT for development


Collection of literature review, meta-analysis or technological overview articles.


Collection of literature related to design science research and design thinking

List of potentially influential articles

A common way to measure an importance of a research article is to count the amount of citations (e.g. how many people cite the article). In the following sub-sections, we have collected some of the potentially influential papers in educational technology, mobile learning and design science research.

Decade of research in 10 instructional design and technology journals

Table 1 shows the results of a study conducted by Richard Edward West and Jered Borup, titled "An analysis of a decade of research in 10 instructional design and technology journals", which was published in the British Journal of Educational Technology in year 2014. In the study, West & Borup used the Google Scholar database in order to find out most-cited papers from years 2001-2009 published in the following journals:

  • Educational Technology Research and Development
  • American Journal of Distance Education
  • British Journal of Educational Technology
  • Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
  • Distance Education
  • Internet and Higher Education
  • Journal of the Learning Sciences
  • Journal of Research on Technology in Education
  • Journal of Technology and Teacher Education
  • Performance Improvement Quarterly

The analysis was done in March 2012.

Table 1: Most-cited papers by West & Borup


YearCitation count in articleCitation count (Google Scholar, 2016)JournalAuthorsTitle
200989549British Journal of Educational TechnologyWarburtonSecond Life in higher education: assessing the potential for and the barriers to deploying virtual words in learning and teaching
20084962209British Journal of Educational TechnologyBennet, Maton & KervinThe "digital natives" debate: a critical review of evidence
20071931070Educational Technology Research & DevelopmentHew & BrushIntegrating technology into K-12 teaching and learning: current knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research
2006245681Distance EducationBeldarrainDistance education trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student interaction and collaboration
2005409880Educational Technology Research & DevelopmentBarab, Thomas, Dodge, Carteaux & TuzunMaking learning fun: Quest Atlantis, a game without guns
20045801518Journal of the Learning SciencesCollins, Joseph & BielaczycDesign research: theoretical and methodological issues
2003246595Journal of the Learning SciencesKolodner, Camp, Crismond, Fasse, Gray, Holbrook, Puntambekar & RyanProblem-based learning meets case-based reasoning in the middle-school science classroom: putting learning by design into practice
20027751420Educational Technology Research & DevelopmentMerrillFirst principles of instruction
20017531685American Journal of Distance EducationGarrison, Anderson & ArcherCritical thinking, cognitive presence and computer conferencing in distance education


Top 10 highly cited papers in Educational Technology & Society -journal (2003-2010)


Kinshuk at el. (2013) explored the highly cited articles published in the Journal of Educational Technology & Society in the paper Trends in Educational Technology through the Lens of the Hihgly Cited Articles Published in the Journal of Educational Technology & Society.  They used the Web of Science database to identify most cited papers in the journal. Table 2 includes the five most cited articles according to the study.

Table 2: Most cited papers in Educational Technology & Society -journal (2003-2010)

Mobile learning

Table 3: Collection of articles related to mobile learning


Citations (August 2016, Google Scholar)ArticleRemarks
827Sharples, M., Taylor, J., & Vavoula, G. (2010). Towards a theory of mobile learning. Medienbildung in neuen Kulturräumen, 87-99. 
712Motiwalla, L.F. (2007). Mobile learning: A framework and evaluation. Computers & Education, 49(3), 581-596.Highly cited, but potentially outdated?
324Minjuan, W., Ruimin, S., Daniel, N. & Xiaoyan, P. (2009). The impact of mobile learning on students' learning behaviour and performance: Report from a large blended classroom. British Journal of Educational Technology, 40, 4, 673-695. 
316Sharples, M. (2006). Big issues in mobile learning. Report of a workshop by Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence Mobile Learning InitiativeHighly cited, but potentially outdated?
275Wu, W. H., Jim Wu, Y. C., Chen, C. Y., Kao, H. Y., Lin, C. H., & Huang, S. H. (2012). Review of trends from mobile learning studies: A meta-analysis. Computers & Education, 59(2), 817-827Highly cited relatively recent publication
249Kukulska-Hulme, A., Sharples, M., Mildrad, M., Arnedillo-Sánchez, I. & Vavoula, G. (2010). Innovation in mobile learning: A European perspective. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 1, 1, 13-35. 
210El-Hussein, M.O.M. & Cronje, J. (2010). Defining mobile learning in the higher education landscape. Educational Technology & Society, 13, 3, 12-21. 
91Motlik, S. (2008). Mobile learning in developing nations. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 9(2).Mobile learning for development, but potentially outdated?
84Jones, C.A., Scanlon, E., Clough, G. (2013). Mobile learning: Two case studies of supporting inquiry learning in informal and semiformal settings. Computers & Education, 61, 21-32 

Kurkovsky, S. (2009). Engaging students through mobile game development. In ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, 41(1), 44-48.

33Mehdipour, Y., & Zerehkafi, H. (2013). M-learning for education: benefits and challenges. International Journal of Computational Engineering Research, 3(6), 93-101. 
30Bidin, S., & Ziden, A.A. (2013). Adoption and application of mobile learning in the educational industry. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 90, 720-729. 
27Pereira, O. R., & Rodrigues, J. J. (2013). Survey and analysis of current mobile learning applications and technologies. ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR),46(2). 

Design science research

Citations (August 2016, Google Scholar)ArticleRemark
7752Hevner, A.R., March, S.T., Park, J., Ram, S. (2004). Design science in Information Systems research. MIS Quarterly, 28(1), 75-105. 
1076Wang, F., Hannafin, M.J. (2005). Desing-based research and technology-enhanced learning environments. Educational Technology Research & Development, 53(4), 5-23. 
788Edelson, D. C. (2002). Design research: What we learn when we engage in design. The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 11, 105-121. 
501Anderson, T., & Shattuck,J. (2012). Design-based research: A decade of progress in education research? Educational Researcher, 41(1), 16-25. 
292Kuechler, B., Vaishnavi, V. (2008). On theory development in design science research: anatomy of a research project. European Journal of Information Systems, 17, 489-504. 
246Amiel, T., & Reeves, T. C. (2008). Design-based research and educational technology: Rethinking technology and the research agenda. Educational Technology & Society, 11, 29-40. 
161Béguin, P. (2003). Design as a mutual learning process between users and designers. Interacting with Computers, 15(5), 709. 




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