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Title: The effectiveness of multimedia front-end applied presentation in matching end-users' learning strategies
Author: Kwok, M. M. F.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1994
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The main objective of this research is to investigate the effectiveness of Front-end Applied Multimedia Presentation in matching end users' learning strategies. The thesis will begin with a description of the changing views of multimedia through the 1970s to the 1990s and provides a general review of Multimedia Technology. The study also looks into the present use of multimedia in education and training. A mail survey has been carried out to collect information on schools' current and likely future computer facilities and hence the hardware and software that may be taken into consideration before producing any multimedia applications. Considering the main research objective, it is essential to understand how people normally learn. The thesis will describe different learning styles, strategies, approaches and the measurement tools that have been defined and developed by educational psychologists. Two experiments have been carried out in this study on the feasibility of using a simple front-end to detect the user's learning strategy and decide a suitable presentation mode (navigation method) for that user. In the second study, the 13 items taken from Ford's original 18-item Study Preference Questionnaire (SPQ) by Clarke were applied as the quick and easy front-end which occurs as an immediate prerequisite to involvement in the system. A factor analysis was applied to test the effectiveness and the validity of Clarke's refinement made to the SPQ. The author has identified that 7 items of the SPQ were more effective in determining students' learning strategies. After excluding 48% of the students from the middle of the front-end scores distribution (who can be described as 'versatile' learners), significantly better results were found when users' learning strategies were matched with the presentation modes. Correlations of some major factors of man-machine interactions such as computer experience, anxiety, interest of the material, are also discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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