Virtual learning spaces: getting them right for students

Reedy, Natasha and Clark, Terry and Horner, Vicki-Ellen and Lehane, Pat and Rose, Jayln (2013) Virtual learning spaces: getting them right for students. In: 36th Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (HERDSA 2013): The Place of Learning and Teaching, 1-4 Jul 2013, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Lecturers encounter challenges in providing engaging virtual learning spaces (VLS) that minimise extraneous cognitive load. Although a number of theories and models promote effective digital pedagogy, there is little research on how design of VLS's contributes to the
extraneous cognitive load impacting on students' ability to focus on the intrinsic content and germane learning activities. This action research investigates first year nursing students' experience of online learning and their effort to navigate the human-computer interface.
Action research was chosen to monitor, inform and adjust the VLS of a new course using three consecutive online surveys. Results provided baseline demographic data on the
respondents' initial experience with VLS's and their recommendations for changes to improve the student VLS experience. Findings indicate a strong desire for consistent VLS screen design and structured information architecture for ease of navigation. Respondents preferred consistent VLS screen design and structured navigation schema for the explicit and considered placement of course learning material, social learning tools and associated

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 HERDSA and the authors. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of research or private study, criticism or review, this publication may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means, with the prior permission in writing of the publishers.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 02:43
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 01:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education; online learning; screen designs; effectiveness
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080104 Computer Vision
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8902 Computer Software and Services > 890201 Application Software Packages (excl. Computer Games)

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