Using brain imaging to explore interactivity and cognition in multimedia learning environments

Barney Dalgarno, G. Kennedy, S. Bennett

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    Abstract

    Recent educational models of computer-based interactivity stress the important role of a learner's cognition. It has been suggested that interactive learning tasks carried out in the context of an authentic, problem-based scenario will result in deeper elaborative cognitive processing leading to greater conceptual understanding of the material presented. Research methods that have been used to investigate cognition and learning have traditionally included self-report questionnaires, focus groups, interviews and think-aloud protocols and, more recently in computer-based settings, interaction log file or 'audit trail' analysis. While all of these techniques help researchers understand students' learning processes, all are limited in that they rely either on self-report or behavioural information to speculate about the cognitive activity of users. The use of functional brain imaging techniques has the potential to address this limitation. Drawing on issues encountered during a recent study using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), this presentation will discuss the methodological issues involved in the use of these techniques for exploring interactivity and cognition. Initial results comparing brain activation when exploring an interactive simulation with brain activation when using an equivalent tutorial program will also be presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOzCHi 2009 - Design
    Subtitle of host publicationOpen 24/7
    Place of PublicationMelbourne
    PublisherACM
    Pages405-408
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781605588544
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAnnual Conference of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) - University of Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 23 Nov 200927 Nov 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA)
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Period23/11/0927/11/09

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