Interaction with computer programs will be inevitable in the age of IT and AI. Multimedia learning packages can be used in a variety of ways to assist student learning. In the more formal setting of a tertiary learning institution, there is a need to assess achievement in student learning. The use of linear, conditional branching and tutorial learning programs is assumed to be understood in the context of this paper, since the use of a combination of graphics and text images/frames, together with these program techniques is widely seen as a first step in computer aided instruction (CAI).
A CAI tutorial package has been assembled which uses recently introduced techniques to monitor the level of learner performance, and to record it over one or more tutorial sessions. An analysis of personal performance is available to the learner at any time as feedback.
This paper addresses the use of techniques for the monitoring and recording of Individual learner performance in a CAI program used in the tutorial context, and the presentation of feedback to the individual learner of performance level over a period of time.
The paper also addresses the way in which the CAI program presents tutorial questions to the learner in a tiered structure, but in a random manor within each tier; also the way in which, upon the learner reaching certain perceived attainment levels within a tier, a varying proportion of questions from other tiers are presented.
A further aspect investigated is to prevent response memorisation by the learner, hence a question to which the learner responds wrongly can be removed for variable time periods before re-presentation, and varied in form between presentations.
It is intended that learners will test the CAI package in the 1991-92 academic year. Hence user reaction is not available at the time of paper preparation, but it is anticipated that some user feedback will be available for presentation at the Conference.
|Authors : Keith A. Oldfield is currently a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, and Departmental Leader of Teaching & Learning. He has been in tertiary education as a lecturer and administrator for over 30 years. His current interests include the development of student awareness of learning methods and the facilitation of teaching methods which encourage student self sufficiency.
Kwong Pui Fai graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic with a BEng (Hons) Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1991. He worked on the use of multimedia packages in Electrical Engineering as his final year project before graduation, both from the engineering and from the psychology aspects.
Please cite as: Oldfield, K. A. and Kwong, P. F. (1992). Learner performance monitoring and achievement feedback in multimedia learning packages. In Promaco Conventions (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Interactive Multimedia Symposium, 257. Perth, Western Australia, 27-31 January. Promaco Conventions. http://www.aset.org.au/confs/iims/1992/oldfield.html