ERIC Number: ED433351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-23
Supporting and Assessing Higher-Order Learning on the World Wide Web: Implementation and Evaluation of a Classroom Discussion Support System.
Aaron, Bruce C.; Parshall, Cynthia G.; Kushner, Susan N.
A pilot project demonstrated the remote use of an application designed with hypertext markup language (HTML) as an assessment and discussion support system for 28 students enrolled in a graduate educational research methods course at a midwestern state university. The web page was developed to support classroom learning and assessment by guiding students through a process designed to accomplish the following: (1) accommodate the construction of knowledge for targeted learning outcomes at higher-order cognitive levels by guiding each student through an evaluation of the responses of others; (2) assess individual and group performance on these learning objectives; and (3) measure change in student knowledge and opinion as a result of the process. Formative information from the students indicated that the interface was straightforward, that navigation was clear and uncomplicated, and that they felt engaged by the process. The effects of uncontrolled, multifaceted item stimuli derived from users' open-ended responses are considered, and the effects of the process on change in opinion and learning are examined. Three appendixes contain two sample on-line items and a sample of student opinions about the process. (Contains 2 figures, 10 tables, and 10 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A