UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Name of Author: 
Lim, Florence Yen Ling
Institute: 
Thesis (M.A.) (Instructional Design & Technology) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Supervisor: 
Wong, Philip
Year of completion: 
2001
Country: 
Singapore
Country of Research Data: 
Singapore
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Many have heard about the World Wide Web and explored this resource. Some are now publishing their own materials for student access. The use of the World Wide Web is growing at an exponential rate and the potential of the Web is immense. Web pages have the potential to be more than storage of information. When properly structured, pages can guide users through a series of instructional activities which present information, provide opportunities for practice and feedback. Just browsing through the web is an educational experience in itself. Many people have started browsing through the Web with something specific in mind and end up diverted from their initial goal for a while because they found something on the way. This is what one would call "accidental learning". It happens at an unexpected moment about an unexpected subject. There is however structured ways in which the World Wide Web can be used for education. One approach will be using technology to access materials available. Another approach will be mostly for distance delivery capabilities. This paper attempts to describe instructional design principles, which can be used to transform the Web material from the informational perspective to a powerful instructional medium. The purpose of this paper is to consider design aspects that can help to improve instructional effectiveness of teaching and learning through the World Wide Web and to provide designers and educators with the ideas to increase the usability and appeal of web sites. For the purposes of this paper, appeal refers to whether people enjoy and become engaged in an experience.

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