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      Interactive Technology for Enhancing Distributed Learning: A Study on Weblogs


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      People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

      Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

      1 - 5 September 2009

      Web 2.0., Weblogs, Distributed Learning, Massed Learning, Learning Performance



            In this study, it was investigated whether, and to what extent, Web 2.0 technologies, actually Weblogs, can be a suitable instrument for enhancing the practice of distributed learning. In educational settings, which are based on traditional lectures many students begin serious study shortly before the exam. However, from previous empirical research, it is known that the practice of distributed learning is much more conducive to retaining knowledge than that of massed learning. A 2x2 factorial design (within – repeated measures) with pre-test and post-test in a real life setting was applied; the study lasted for the whole summer term 2007. Participants were N=28 computer science undergraduates of Graz University of Technology. We randomly assigned them to two groups of equal size: The experimental group given the Weblog treatment are referred to as Group W; whereas the control group with no access are referred to as Group C. Students of group W were instructed to use the Weblog for developing their paper and studying during the lecture and they were requested not to reveal their group affiliation. The results showed that performance scores of group W were significantly higher than that of group C. This demonstrates that Weblogs can be an appropriate instrument to supplement a classical lecture in order to enable deeper processing of information over a longer period of time, consequently resulting in enhanced learning performance.


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            September 2009
            September 2009
            : 309-312
            [0001]Research Unit HCI4MED

            Medical University Graz

            Auenbruggerplatz 2/V

            A-8036 Graz, Austria

            [0002]Department of Psychology

            University of Graz

            Universitaetsplatz 2/III

            A-8010 Graz, Austria

            [0003]WG Social Learning

            Graz University of Technology

            Steyrergasse 30

            A-8010 Graz, Austria

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            People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
            Churchill College Cambridge, UK
            1 - 5 September 2009
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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