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The design and evaluation of Link: A computer-based learning system for correlation

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This paper describes the design and evaluation of a computer-assisted learning program called Link, which was designed to be used by psychology students to review their understanding of correlation. Unlike existing computer-assisted learning programs that were reviewed, Link makes use of data from authentic research studies in psychology and provides learner activities that are specifically designed to address students' misconceptions about correlation. A summative evaluation study of Link involving fifty psychology students was carried out to assess the effect on students' understanding of correlation. It was found that the use of Link significantly contributed to students' general understanding of correlation. However, it was found that students use of paper-based instructional materials could also achieve this. The implication of this research outcome is considered in relation to the design and use of computer-assisted learning applications for statistics in higher education.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Educational Technology, the Open University, WMilton Keynes, UK

Publication date: January 1, 2001


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