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Quantitative evidence for differences between learners making use of passive hypermedia learning environments

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Megan Quentin-Baxter


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This paper presents a summary of the results of several relatively large studies which attempted statistical analysis of audit trails created by learners accessing information in typical hypermedia or hypertext learning environments, and interpreted them in relation to learner characteristics and study tasks. Significant differences in the information access strategy, amount of information accessed, student estimates of achievement and knowledge outcome were observed between learners in these studies. This paper concluded that some learners may be systematically disadvantaged where support for (or the delivery of) the curriculum depends on hypermedia, such as via a networked learning environment delivered passively over the WWW. It is suggested that the audit tools available from the WWW provide an opportunity to develop multi-discipline evaluation mechanisms which may enable researchers to provide learners with standard "learning profiles" with which to reflect on their own learning effectiveness when using hypermedia educational materials.

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Author(s): Quentin-Baxter M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ACM Computing Surveys

Year: 1999

Volume: 31

Issue: s4

Pages: article no. 26

Print publication date: 01/12/1999

ISSN (print): 0360-0300

ISSN (electronic): 1557-7341

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.


DOI: 10.1145/345966.346022


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