ERIC Number: ED385238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Conceptual Design to Complement Hypermedia as Learning Tools.
Kommers, P. A. M.
Hypermedia as a learning environment complements traditional instruction as it places the student at a higher level of control. Instead of "wait and see" what the teacher expects the student to learn next, hypermedia stimulates the student to become aware of his/her own cognitive needs and interests. This paper presents a combination of notions from "planning,""concept mapping,""communication," and "design methods" in order to make externalizing prior concepts, planning future learning sessions, and negotiating design approaches with peer mates via distance media more challenging and appealing to students. The student's design activity is examined while he/she designs a technical solution to the given problem specification. The following support systems are used in the design process: Fischer Technique (or Technical Logo) kit for the assembly of the mechanic/electronic sensing/control device; LOGO-based programming tool to control the Fischer Technique kit; a concept mapping program that can be run in concurrence with the LOGO system; and a communications facility to collaborate and negotiate with a peer student. Hypermedia and telematic facilities allow students to demonstrate, argue, and negotiate about alternative perspectives on the design task and subsequent solutions. An acceptable design is illustrated in one figure. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper proposal for the EARLI'95 symposium "Learning With Hypermedia" in the domain "Learning and Technology."