Enhancing student learning through hypermedia courseware and incorporation of student learning styles

  • Carver C
  • Howard R
  • Lane W
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Abstract

This paper outlines attempts to enhance student learning by
addressing different learning styles through course hypermedia. Students
learn by a variety of different learning styles. Previously, instructors
were unable to effectively address these different learning styles
outside the classroom. Two approaches were developed to address this
problem. The first approach was the development of hypermedia
courseware. This provided a wide variety of tools which students could
use to prepare for lessons. In this way students retained complete
control over how they prepared for a lesson and could choose those
hypermedia tools that were most conducive to their learning. An
assessment of the multimedia and hypertext documents in the course
revealed that the value of a particular multimedia tool to a student
varied widely. Each student was traversing the course material according
to his/her unique learning style. Unfortunately, the plethora of tools
confused some students because they were uncomfortable making active
choices of what course material would be most conducive to their
learning. As a result, a second approach was adopted. An adaptive
hypermedia interface was developed that provided dynamic tailoring of
the presentation of course material based on the individual student's
learning style. By tailoring the presentation of material to the
student's learning style, the authors believe students learned more
efficiently and more effectively

Author-supplied keywords

  • Hypermedia
  • Learning styles
  • Multimedia

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Authors

  • Curtis A. Carver

  • Richard A. Howard

  • William D. Lane

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