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Inferring Student Learning Behaviour from Website Interactions: A Usage Analysis

Tuovinen, J, Sheard, J, Ceddia, J and Hurst, J (2003). Inferring Student Learning Behaviour from Website Interactions: A Usage Analysis. Education and Information Techologies,8(1):245-266.

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Title Inferring Student Learning Behaviour from Website Interactions: A Usage Analysis
Author Tuovinen, J
Sheard, J
Ceddia, J
Hurst, J
Journal Name Education and Information Techologies
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1360-2357   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 245
End Page 266
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Web-based learning environments are now used extensively as integral components of course delivery in tertiary education. To provide an effective learning environment, it is important that educators understand how these environments are used by their students. In conventional teaching environments educators are able to obtain feedback on student learning experiences in face-to-face interactions with their students, enabling continual evaluation of their teaching programs. However, when students work in electronic environments, this informal monitoring is not possible; educators must look for other ways to attain this information. Capturing and recording student interactions with a website provides a rich source of information from data that is gathered unobtrusively. The aim of this study was firstly to explore what information can be gained from analysing student interactions with Web-based learning environments and secondly to determine the value of this process in providing information about student learning behaviours and learning outcomes. This study has provided critical information to educators about the learning behaviour of their students, informing future enhancements and developments to a courseware website and the teaching program it supports.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1026360026073   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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