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Reappraising cognitive styles in adaptive web applications

Brown, Elizabeth; Brailsford, Tim; Fisher, Tony; Moore, Adam and Ashman, Helen (2006). Reappraising cognitive styles in adaptive web applications. In: 15th International Conference on World Wide Web (WWW2006), 22-26 May 2006, Edinburgh, UK, p. 327.

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Abstract

The mechanisms for personalisation used in web applications are currently the subject of much debate amongst researchers from many diverse subject areas. One of the most contemporary ideas for user modelling in web applications is that of cognitive styles, where a user's psychological preferences are assessed stored in a database and then used to provide personalised content and/or links. We describe user trials of a case study that utilises visual-verbal preferences in an adaptive web-based educational system (AWBES). Students in this trial were assessed by the Felder-Solomon Inventory of Learning Styles (ILS) instrument, and their preferences were used as a means of content personalisation.Contrary to previous findings by other researchers, we found no significant differences in performance between matched and mismatched students. Conclusions are drawn about the value and validity of using cognitive styles as a way of modelling user preferences in educational web applications.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2)
Extra Information: ISBN: 1-59593-323-9
Keywords: Web applications; cognitive styles; user modelling; adaptive hypermedia; user trials
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
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Item ID: 30002
Depositing User: Elizabeth FitzGerald
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 09:46
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2012 19:17
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30002
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