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Learner control with advisement in a Web-based learning environment: A hypermedia framework with an online implementation
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, Kent State University, United States

Kent State University . Awarded

Abstract

This study investigated (a) whether learner control with advisement would affect an English-as-foreign-language distant learner's task performance in a Web-based learning environment, (b) whether a distant learner's prior English skills would affect task performance under learner control with advisement, and (c) whether a distant learner's preference toward hypermedia elements could be the major affect to influence performance under learner control with advisement in a Web-based learning environment.

A Web-based learning module, American Culture Online Learning Center, was created as a media to deliver the instruction, conduct the survey, and collect all the data remotely from undergraduate subjects at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Data were analyzed using the quantitative method in paired t -test, student t-test, and factorial ANOVA. Results indicated that the distant learners' scores improved significantly in both Web-based learning methods, learner control with advisement and learner control without advisement. However, the learner-control-with-advisement group scored significantly higher than the learner-control-without-advisement group did. A distant learner's prior English skills did not significantly affect task performance under learner control with advisement. Furthermore, a distant learner's level of preference toward hypermedia elements did not significantly affect task performance in a Web-based learning environment. However, the factor of preference toward hypermedia elements worked together with the factor of with/without advisement treatment, then there was a disordinal joint effect from the interaction between “with/without advisement treatment” and “high/low preference toward hypermedia elements.” The degree of the disordinal effect was that the group with low level of preference toward hypermedia elements had a significant score improvement under learner control with advisement, Meanwhile, the group with high level of preference toward hypermedia elements had a significant score improvement under learner control without advisement. This study pushed the frontier in using the World Wide Web as a media to conduct distance learning, a paperless online Web-based testing, and a Web-based survey.

Citation

Wang, L.C.C. Learner control with advisement in a Web-based learning environment: A hypermedia framework with an online implementation. Ph.D. thesis, Kent State University. Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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