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ERIC Number: EJ1186022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Sequence Analysis in Distributed Interactive Learning Environments: Visualization and Clustering of Exploratory Behavior
Ho, Jeffrey C. F.; Yao, Mike Z.
Journal of Educators Online, v15 n2 Jul 2018
Constructivist learning posits that learners should construct their own meaning and organization of knowledge through exploration. Web-based distributed interactive learning (DIL) environments are a type of information and communications technology that supports learners in exploring learning materials. Although educators can access learners' navigational paths on DIL websites, the exploratory nature of such paths cannot be efficiently analyzed. Educators cannot determine the effects of small improvements or adjustments on DIL websites. In this study, the navigational paths of learners using alternative versions of a DIL website were recorded and analyzed using integrated sequence analysis methods. Visualization and clustering of the sequences revealed five common navigational patterns, and associations between the navigational patterns and learning outcomes were also identified. The findings show how educators can understand and improve the design of DIL websites by performing a sequence analysis.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Visualization, Web Sites, Outcomes of Education, Navigation (Information Systems), Online Courses, Sequential Approach, Web Based Instruction, College Students, Foreign Countries, Recall (Psychology), Teaching Methods
Journal of Educators Online. 500 University Drive, Dothan, AL 36303. Web site: http://www.thejeo.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong