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Title: User choice in viewing and interacting with open learner models
Author: Mabbott, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 5529
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis investigates the provision of choice in viewing and interacting with open learner models. While considerable variety of presentation and interaction has been explored in open learner models to date, there are few examples of learners being offered a choice and little comparison of alternative presentations or methods of interaction. Several models of learning and cognitive style have been proposed, although this issue has not previously been investigated in the context of open learner models. This thesis presents Flexi-OLM, a flexible open learner model, developed in order to investigate learner preferences. Flexi-OLM consists of three key aspects: • multiple presentations ofthe model data. • the facility for learners to construct their own presentations of the model. • three methods for involving the learner in maintaining the content of the model. Learners appear to benefit form the provision of multiple representations, and have individual preferences for how the model should be presented (although not strongly linked to learning or cognitive style). Constructing their own views of the learner model data has the potential to be useful for some students, but may pose difficulties for others. Learners find it useful to be given influence over the content of the model, but differ in the level of control they are comfortable with.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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