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Effectiveness of adaptive assessment versus learner control in a multimedia learning system

, , National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan

Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


The purpose of this study was to explore the effectiveness of adaptive assessment versus learner control in a multimedia learning system designed to help secondary students learn science. Unlike other systems, this paper presents a workflow of adaptive assessment following instructional materials that better align with learners’ cognitive development and ability. The results showed that students made significant improvements after learning with the tutor control learning system. Based on the results of adaptive assessment, the system provided just-in-time personalized instructional materials that better aligned with students’ knowledge. Students spent less time reading the instructional materials, which increased the learning efficiency. The findings are discussed in terms of tutor versus learner control, and recommendations are provided for future design and research in the area of multimedia learning system.


Chen, C.H. & Chang, S.W. (2015). Effectiveness of adaptive assessment versus learner control in a multimedia learning system. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 24(4), 321-341. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 24, 2019 from .


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