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ERIC Number: ED466163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Pages: 7
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Designing a Pedagogically Sound Web-Based Interface: The Critical Role of Prior Knowledge.
Giouvanakis, Thanasis; Samaras, Haido; Tarabanis, Konstantinos
Recent studies have emphasized the significant implications of multimedia for the learning process. Even those researchers who take a less enthusiastic stand do not hesitate to assent that when blended with suitable pedagogical techniques and a proper design, the combined use of multiple media for the viewing and study of educational material can enhance the quality of the learning environment. This paper presents research and development efforts to design a pedagogically sound multimedia Web-based learning interface. Taken into consideration are recent findings from the area of cognitive psychology regarding the use of text, animation, and voice. The logic is based mainly on the presentation modality effect and the principles of spatial and temporal contiguity. The state of the learner's prior knowledge is considered to be of critical importance. The paper presents a flexible user interface supporting the use of animation and voice as default modalities and the existence of text in the same interface as an essential part of the learning process. The SMIL language is used for the implementation of the Web-based interface. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece