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ERIC Number: EJ874993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 140
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1534-4843
A Theory of Effective Computer-Based Instruction for Adults
Lowe, Janis S.; Holton, Elwood F., III
Human Resource Development Review, v4 n2 p159-188 2005
This study presents a theory of critical components that affect the effectiveness of computer-based instruction (CBI) for adults. The theory was developed to provide a framework for research to explain or predict effective learning by adults using a desktop computer. The five conclusions drawn from this theory are as follows: (a) the characteristics of self-directedness and computer self-efficacy of adult learners play an important role in designing CBI for adults; (b) CBI design is interwoven with the units of self-directedness, computer self-efficacy, learning goal level, instructional design, and external support; (c) learning goal level affects instructional design strategy and the instructional control component of CBI design; (d) external support and instructional support are needed to provide a positive CBI experience; and (e) the theory draws together the isolated variables researchers consider important in the adult learning process and aligns them to provide effective CBI. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A