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A longitudinal study on the effect of hypermedia on learning dimensions, culture and teaching evaluation

Cheng, Y.W. and Sudweeks, F. (2012) A longitudinal study on the effect of hypermedia on learning dimensions, culture and teaching evaluation. In: 8th International Conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Communication, 18 - 20 June, Aarhus, Denmark

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Earlier studies have found the effectiveness of hypermedia systems as learning tools heavily depend on their compatibility with the cognitive processes by which students perceive, understand and learn from complex information sources. Hence, a learner’s cognitive style plays a significant role in determining how much is learned from a hypermedia learning system. A longitudinal study of Australian and Malaysian students was conducted over two semesters in 2008. Five types of predictor variables were investigated with cognitive style: (i) learning dimensions (nonlinear learning, learner control, multiple tools); (ii) culture dimensions (power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism/collectivism, masculinity/femininity, long/short term orientation); (iii) evaluation of units; (iv) student demographics; and (v) country in which students studied. This study uses both multiple linear regression and linear mixed effects to model the relationships among the variables. The results from this study support the findings of a cross-sectional study conducted by Lee et al. (2010); in particular, the predictor variables are significant to determine students’ cognitive style.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
Conference Website: http://www.catacconference.org/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/23100
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