Cognitive Modeling of Student Learning in Web-Based Instructional Programs

Sherry Y. Chen, Robert D. Macredie
2004 International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction  
There has been tremendous growth in Web-based instruction over the past few years. Because the user group of Web-based instruction includes learners from heterogeneous backgrounds, individual differences become an important issue in the development of Web-based instructional programs. Among a variety of individual differences, cognitive style is a particularly important characteristic. This study aims to determine the relationships between learners' cognitive styles and their perceptions and
more » ... itudes toward the features of a Web-based instructional program. The results indicate that cognitive styles influence students' reactions to nonlinear interaction, independent learning, and navigation tools and the difficulties and problems that they encounter. The findings are applied to develop a learning model that can support the design of Web-based instructional programs. Requests for reprints should be sent to Sherry Y. Chen,
doi:10.1207/s15327590ijhc1703_5 fatcat:ifrqbaoyjzbbpkjeowjamelmby