ERIC Number: ED428673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Designing Instruction for the Web: Incorporating New Conceptions of the Learning Process.
Hunt, Nancy P.
New technologies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) have led to recent discoveries about how the brain works and how people learn. The interactive capabilities of World Wide Web-based instructional strategies can be employed to better match how we teach with how we know students learn. This paper summarizes the following assumptions on the nature of learning, based on the argument that learning occurs through building and traversing neuronal pathways: learning occurs through making connections; the best predictor of what students will learn is what they already know; nothing is learned until it is internalized into long term memory, ready for later retrieval along well-worn pathways; and students learn in different ways. The paper also provides an overview of instructional strategies that promote learning (reflection, reconstruction, and rehearsal) and an argument for taking advantage of the interactive capabilities of the WWW to create an optimal setting for learning. It concludes with a description of PROJECT LEARN, a staff and media development project at Lincoln University (New Zealand) that successfully integrates these ideas to enhance undergraduate education. A figure presents the continuum of interactivity available via the WWW. Contains 11 references. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Instructional Design, Interaction, Learning Processes, Learning Strategies, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Neuropsychology, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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