Giving Learners Control through Interaction Design
Stella Lee, Jon Dron, Athabasca University, Canada
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
The design of learning environments should cater for the needs of diverse online learners and give learners control over their own learning, but it is not enough simply to provide choices: without the associated power to make informed decisions too many choices are, if anything, worse than no choice at all. Without guidance, bad choices may be made and, even when correct, the learner may be insecure about the outcomes. To be in control, the learner must be able to delegate some control to others more able to make informed decisions about a learning path. Interaction design can help the learner to make a good decision about how to proceed. This paper discusses relevant interaction design frameworks and combines them with transactional control theory and Paulsen’s laws of co-operative freedom to offer design principles for online courses that can help to put the learner in control. Outstanding issues for future development on interaction design and e-learning will also be discussed
Lee, S. & Dron, J. (2008). Giving Learners Control through Interaction Design. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1737-1744). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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