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Developing Generic Interactive Learning Tools to Engage Students: The Text Analysis Object for Web and CD-ROM

, , The University of Melbourne, Australia ; , Monash University, Australia ; , The University of Melbourne, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Seattle, WA USA ISBN 978-1-880094-35-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


This paper reports on research engaged in the design, development and evaluation of an innovative, interactive learning tool-for Web and CD-ROM. The learning tool is the text analysis object (TAO). TAO facilitates the development of text-based extended question-and-answer problems. Using TAO, a student is able to generate a more meaningful answer by articulating their understanding rather than merely recognising the lecturer's representation, as in multiple choice questions. TAO facilitates an iterative approach to knowledge construction. Feedback to the student is determined by using a key word and key phrase search, utilising a two-tiered, hierarchical feedback mechanism-distinguishing between concepts (major ideas or principles) and details. A formative evaluation of the TAO is reported. The examples of TAO relate to questions developed for use in undergraduate medicine. However, the TAO is applicable to many other academic disciplines where there is a need to develop more complex understanding of specific content domains.


Adams, C., Eizenberg, N., Kennedy, D.M. & Ip, A. (1999). Developing Generic Interactive Learning Tools to Engage Students: The Text Analysis Object for Web and CD-ROM. In B. Collis & R. Oliver (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 1999--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 558-563). Seattle, WA USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 17, 2019 from .


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