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Title:Effects of Linear, Hypertext, and Hypertext With Advisement Approaches on Computer-Assisted Learning
Author(s):Lai, Fangmay
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Dennis, J.R.,
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Technology of
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:Provided with network branching capabilities, learners of hypertext systems are freed from the conventional linear, highly directed flow of presentation, and are allowed to have high level of learner control of instructional sequence. Until very recently, hypertext design has been theory-rich and research-poor. The effectiveness of hypertext as an instructional system is still poorly documented. This study investigated whether learner control provided with hypertext network branching capability can lead to a better learning result and attitude by comparing it with a conventional linear instructional approach. It also examined whether learner control with advisement strategies can be used in a hypertext environment to significantly improve the effectiveness of a hypertext instructional approach.
Three different versions of computer-assisted instructional tutorials (linear approach, hypertext approach, and hypertext with advisement approach) introducing personal computer software were developed as primary instruments. An immediate posttest and a retention test a week later were administered to measure subjects' achievement, and an attitude questionnaire was used to evaluate subjects' learning attitude and motivation, as well as their sense of disorientation.
The findings of the experiment led to the following general conclusions: (1) There were no significant differences in learning results and knowledge retention between a linear approach and a hypertext approach whether or not learner advisement was provided. (2) There were no significant differences in learner attitude and motivation between a linear approach and a hypertext approach whether or not learner advisement was provided.
Issue Date:1993
Description:179 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9411678
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1993

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