ERIC Number: ED363749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming the Training Manual into a Learning Experience.
Text has traditionally been the mode used to convey information in educational settings, including workplace training. Unfortunately, printed materials have little to offer persons with reading difficulties. Text may be made easier to understand by using predictable structure, shorter sentences, and less demanding vocabulary; however, such procedures do little to address the root shortcomings of instructional text in general and training manuals in particular. Hypertext and hypermedia are both effective in helping students/trainees compensate for their reading deficiencies. In hypertext, words and concepts in a text passage serve as keywords to which other information can be linked. Hypermedia involves the use of links to digital speech, music, still images, and video. This guide, which is designed to assist workplace education practitioners in developing effective instructional materials, describes the shortcomings of traditional text-based training materials, discusses the concepts of hypertext and hypermedia from the standpoint of their role in developing "responsive text," presents examples of responsive text, outlines the steps in developing responsive text, and offers suggestions regarding selecting the computer hardware and software required to begin developing responsive text materials. (Contains 13 references.) MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts