Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning   »   2009 Vol.1, No.4

 

 

Title: Improving hypermedia teaching resources – new designs for e-learning environments

 

Author: Inma Rodriguez-Ardura, Ana I. Jimenez-Zarco, Gisela Ammetller-Montes, M. Carmen Pacheco-Bernal

 

Addresses:
Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Av. Tibidabo, 39-43 08035 Barcelona, Spain.
Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Av. Tibidabo, 39-43 08035 Barcelona, Spain.
Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Av. Tibidabo, 39-43 08035 Barcelona, Spain.
Open University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Av. Tibidabo, 39-43 08035 Barcelona, Spain

 

Abstract: This study aims to offer a set of empirically-based guidelines for the design of hypermedia teaching resources used in computer-mediated educational environments. These criteria are: incorporating additional tools to guide and aid navigation; limiting the use of hypertext structures; the intensive use of various formats (multimedia) and the integration of two editions of the material adapted to two different contexts of reading and study (online and offline). The suitability of these criteria is then determined by developing an integrated set of hypermedia teaching materials based on them and testing the materials in a real e-learning context. The results indicate that the students perceive the new educational material based on the proposed criteria more favourably than the existing teaching resources used in the same learning environment.

 

Keywords: teaching resources; e-learning; online learning; electronic learning; hypermedia teaching; higher education; navigation; hypertext; multimedia; reading; study.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2009.030779

 

Int. J. of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2009 Vol.1, No.4, pp.286 - 296

 

Available online: 05 Jan 2010

 

 

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