ERIC Number: ED479608
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Anatomy of a Web-Based Course: How Visualization Types & Techniques Can Impact Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes.
Shortridge, Ann M.; Emmert, Jason L.
Today, although much debate surrounds the effectiveness of including graphics in Web-based distance education courses, most course authors agree that such courses should productively engage students so that quality of learning actually occurs. But what is productive engagement in a world of electronic communication and text? This paper offers a possible answer to this question by providing evidence that the use of graphics can enhance online teaching. The evidence includes a description of: the use of four different visualization types and techniques as instructional tools; the positive perceptions of 22 undergraduate students toward the use of these types and techniques; and the beneficial impact of their use on learning outcomes in an online undergraduate science course. (Contains 12 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Graphics, Computer Mediated Communication, Course Content, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Science Education, Student Reaction, Undergraduate Study, Visual Aids
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: E-Learn 2002 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Proceedings (7th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 15-19, 2002); see IR 022 093.