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The use of concept map scaffolds in promoting adaptive e-learning

Nheshe, Bruce. (2013) The use of concept map scaffolds in promoting adaptive e-learning. UNSPECIFIED thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

This study combines the benefits of concept maps, scaffolding, and learning style theory by constructing a novel e-learning environment. The environment was designed to accommodate different individual learning styles while students progressed through an introductory course in computer science (CS101).The integration of concept map drawing tools with different forms of instruction has been shown to improve learning gain and learner attitudes in several classroom-based studies. In a classroom environment, one instructor usually teaches many learners simultaneously and as such, individualized instruction can be tedious and timeconsuming. In comparison, an e-learning environment can respond to every learner and his or her needs individually with a timely and precise adaptation of learning materials. Despite these benefits and a growing worldwide e-learning market, there is a paucity of guidance on how to effectively accommodate learning styles in an online environment. Several existing learning-style adaptive environments base their behavior on an initial assessment of the learner’s profile, which is then assumed to remain stable. Consequently, these environments rarely offer the learner choices between different versions of content. However, these choices could cater for flexible learning styles, promote cognitive flexibility and increase learner control. The first research question underlying the project asked if we can manipulate student prior knowledge to propel the student to the required levels. The second question asked whether individualized learning can be offered to students based on learner style. The third research question asked if we able to draw accurate learner evaluation from comparing the concept map drawn by the learner and the expert concept map. To answer these questions, a concept map drawing tool was integrated into an e-learning environment and experimentally evaluated. This platform was based on an introductory course in computer science and offered learning content based on their prior knowledge, assisted by concept map drawing tool.

Item Type: Thesis (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer literacy,Computer science - study and teaching
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Universities > State Universities > Bindura University of Science Education
Depositing User: Mr. Evans Katiyo
Date Deposited: 14 May 2018 09:07
Last Modified: 14 May 2018 09:07
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/6326

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