Tutorial Design for Web-based Teaching and Learning

Chris Bowerman, Anders Eriksson, Mark Huckvale, Mike Rosner, Mark Tatham, Maria Wolters

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The Computer Aided Learning working group of the SOCRATES thematic network in Speech Communication Science have investigated how the Internet is being used and could be used for the provision of self-study materials. In this paper we report on our findings and make recommendations that should be useful to any current or potential author of tutorial materials designed for use on the Web.

Our survey of existing tutorial components [Huckvale et al, 1997] highlighted the fact that much educational material on the Web was poorly designed from the student�s point of view. We found material that was no more than a text-book presentation of ideas, material that did not encourage the student to discover new concepts, material that did not challenge the understanding of the student, and material that did not make the best use of the medium.

Our recommendations to authors of tutorials include: choose topics of appropriate size, design tutorials for re-use, eliminate pre-requisites where possible, take care in the use of language, design for open-learning, use interactive means of assessment, and make appropriate use of the medium. We provide a checklist which authors can use to assess the likely effectiveness of their tutorials and which can help improve the quality and utility of the final result. We give some Internet links to tutorials, which can serve as models of good design and good use of the medium.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethod and Tool Innovations for Speech Science Education (M.A.T.I.S.S.E.)
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999
EventMethod and Tool Innovations for Speech Science Education (M.A.T.I.S.S.E.) - University College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Apr 199917 Apr 1999


WorkshopMethod and Tool Innovations for Speech Science Education (M.A.T.I.S.S.E.)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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