Title: Use of a hypermedia design model for the development of Web-based instruction

Authors: Nevena Mileva, Ivan Stanchev

Addresses: Senior Assistant, Electronics Department, Faculty of Physics, Plovdiv University, 24 Tzar Assen St., Plovdiv 4000, Bulgaria. ' Associate Professor, Faculty of Educational Science and Technology, University of Twente, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Abstract: The main demands of the new Web learning environment for changes in educational technology are presented. A definition is given of Web-based instruction as a hypermedia instructional program that uses the main multimedia instructional principles and resources of the Web learning environment. The main advantages of using Cognitive Flexibility Theory to solve problems in presenting knowledge in ill-structured domains are pointed out. The question of why the Cognitive Flexibility Theory can be used to design Web-based instruction is answered. Based on this theory, the Hypermedia Design Model is used to develop Web-based instruction, and the main advantages and constraints of the utilisation of this model are presented. Elaboration of the Hypermedia Design Model to make the steps in the design process more concrete, is used to overcome the constraints.

Keywords: hypermedia design; modelling; web-based instruction; cognitive flexibility theory; multimedia instruction; web learning environment; educational technology; internet; design process.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1998.030132

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1998 Vol.8 No.1/2, pp.154 - 169

Published online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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