Cognitive Styles, Metacognition and the Design of E-Learning Environments

Cognitive Styles, Metacognition and the Design of E-Learning Environments

Ray Webster (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93177-739-1.ch015
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Abstract

This chapter considers the use of cognitive styles and metacognitive skills in the design and development of e-learning environments. Participants involved in a unit in Human Computer Interaction used the results of a Riding’s Cognitive Styles Analysis to assist in the design and development of Web-based Individual Learning Environments (ILEs). Student reflections and cognitive styles results are considered in terms of their impact on the design process. They are also used to consider participants’ metacognitive awareness of their own cognitive and learning styles. It is suggested that the use of cognitive styles in this manner will produce interfaces and environments more suited to the learning requirements of each individual. In addition, the process of reflecting on and using the style results will help develop more metacognitively aware learners. The individual environment and metacognitive awareness are both desirable elements for a student-centered learning system for successfully participating in virtual education.

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