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What is Linear Presentation

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
A traditional form of instruction where material is presented to a learner in a predetermined sequence.
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Enhanced Instructional Presentations and Field-Webs
Leslee Francis Pelton (University of Victoria, Canada), Timothy Ward Pelton (University of Victoria, Canada), and Bob St. Cyr (University of Victoria, Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch127
The development and growth of the Internet has revolutionized not only the way we access information, but the way we present it as well. Prior to the advent of the World Wide Web, most learning presentations were audio, textual, or video publications that were viewed linearly, or planned learning activities that were presented in a linear fashion. The learner may have listened to a lecture, completed a sequence of activities, read a chapter in a textbook, followed along on a tour, or watched a film or video to gain the information needed to learn a new concept – and opportunities to adjust the presentation sequence were limited. Linear presentations (lectures, expositions, demonstrations, activity sequences, etc.) can be seen as efficient from the perspective of the instructor and the institution. They aim to maximize the overall learning effects for a target audience by identifying the state of understanding and needs of the average learner, and then creating and reusing a fixed presentation to meet those typical needs. These presentations are often well polished and can be effective for large portions of their target audiences.
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