ERIC Number: ED362212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Tracking and Analyzing Learner-Computer Interaction.
Williams, Michael D.; Dodge, Bernard J.
Some specific computer-based tools for collecting and examining audit trails, i.e., data that describe a learner's path through a computer-based instruction (CBI) lesson, are detailed. Data analysis and measurement issues related to audit trails are also discussed. A particular set of embedded computer-based tools currently being used at San Diego State University (California) is described. These tools assess the what, where, and when of learner actions. The examples are developed in HyperCard. Researchers may attempt to interpret student responses by looking at the audit trail output file, but are probably better served by replaying the lesson to experience CBI as the learner did. Data from large numbers of learners may be aggregated for analysis. Issues of measurement error and concerns in dealing with aggregated data are reviewed. Audit trails can provide a great deal of understanding of how students experience CBI. Three figures illustrate the discussion. An appendix presents some scripts for audit trail handlers in HyperCard. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audit Trails; HyperCard; San Diego State University CA
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (15th, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 13-17, 1993); see IR 016 300.