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ERIC Number: ED407263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-26
Pages: 39
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On-Line Learning Materials for the Science Classroom: Design Methodology and Implementation.
Hoffman, Joseph L.; And Others
The recent introduction of the Internet into classrooms provides an opportunity for learners to access a wide range of digital resources on the World Wide Web. The development of on-line learning materials can support inquiry-based activities for students as they pursue questions of interest, plan searches, and analyze their findings. This paper traces the design evolution of these materials as part of the University of Michigan Digital Library project for implementation in middle and high school science classrooms. The reasons for the inclusion and modification of various design features are explained, and questions are raised that remain as the design process continues. As a result of this research, a number of challenges in designing on-line learning materials for accessing digital resources on the World Wide Web are described. Recurring themes in the design evolution include the following: 1) movement from text-heavy pages to short, graphical, more interactive pages; 2) movement away from providing on-line context to providing directional and navigational aids depending on the classroom instruction to the context; and 3) use of consistent design elements may provide a consistent on-line environment for learners which may help reduce cognitive load. Contains 27 references. (Author/PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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