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Processing Educational Hypertext: Support by Orientational and Navigational Aids
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, , , Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lugano, Switzerland ISBN 978-1-880094-53-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

One major challenge of web based learning systems is that the learner does not only have to acquire knowledge, but must navigate through the system to reach the desired content. One possibility for reducing the added cognitive load is by providing orientational and navigational aids. The present study investigated the support power of these aids for 40 learners, who had to search for specific information within an educational hypertext system about English grammar, and compared the effects of these aids to a system without them. Despite comparable searching and leaning results, groups did differ significantly with respect to their online processing. Learners using the version with combined aid reported less orientational problems afterwards than the other two groups and navigated more efficiently trough the system. At least for small learning systems, results indicate that costs for processing these aids should be balanced with their benefits.

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Brunstein, A., Naumann, A. & Krems, J.F. (2004). Processing Educational Hypertext: Support by Orientational and Navigational Aids. In L. Cantoni & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2004--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3828-3835). Lugano, Switzerland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 15, 2019 from .

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